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Welcome to the Coalfire Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance. You'll also find information on Coalfire's insights into the unique cybersecurity issues that impact the industries we serve, including Cloud Service Providers, RetailFinancial Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Payments, Government, Restaurants, and Utilities.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts. We look forward to your comments, so please join the conversation.


  • Keeping your restaurant & hospitality Cardholder Data Environment safe

    August 12, 2014, Marvin Sandoval, Sales Associate

    Reports of new credit card data breaches seem to be in the news daily.  Recent high profile breaches within major retailers this year should serve as a wake-up call to the restaurant and hospitality industries.  As a result of having high volumes of credit card transactions and decentralized security practices, criminal organizations have put the restaurant and hospitality industry squarely in their sights.  The track data used in U.S magnetic-Stripe cards are still among the most valuable commodities on the black market as it allows criminal organizations to clone cards and quickly exploit them for highest possible financial gain. 

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  • Emerging Threats and Going Beyond Compliance

    June 25, 2014, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    I recently presented to a C-level gathering of retail finance executives about the industry’s changing threat landscape and the emerging threats facing omni-channel sellers. The retail security environment has changed dramatically in the past few years. Not that long ago, retailers mostly worried about protecting payment card information and staying PCI compliant.

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  • Embracing the Cloud's Potential for Security

    June 17, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    I spoke recently at TIA’s Network of the Future conference. At the session, which was heavier on vendors than operators, the discussion was very focused on the cloud. Everyone wants to know what’s coming next and if they’re ready for it.

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  • It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark

    April 01, 2014, Craig Billado, Forensic Analyst, Coalfire Labs

    This month movie-goers around the world will flock (possibly two-by-two) to see Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’—a silver-screen adaptation of the timeless biblical story, starring Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly .  Whether one interprets the flood narrative literally or figuratively, this fact remains:  the time to prepare for disaster is not after the fact but beforehand. This is true whether the calamity is divine or human in origin.

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  • The PCI DSS 3.0 SAQs are here!

    March 17, 2014, Kenny Yau, Senior IT Security Consultant

    The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) released Data Security Standards (DSS) 3.0 in November 2013 and has just released the related Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ). There are two new SAQs, SAQ A-EP and SAQ B-IP.

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