The Coalfire Blog

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.


  • 2013 PCI SSC European Community Meeting Wrap-Up

    November 04, 2013, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    Matt Getzleman – PCI Practice Director, Dan Fritsche – Director, Solution Validation, Andrew Barratt  - Managing Director UK, and Brian Pennington – Regional Sales Director, discuss the recent PCI SSC Community Meeting in Nice, France.

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  • 2013 PCI SSC North America Meeting – Wrap-Up

    October 21, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Coalfire sent the entire team to the meeting in Las Vegas and everyone reported a positive and engaging experience.  We hosted our annual dinner where we caught up with clients and friends – a good time was had by all. 
    The most valuable technical information was presented during the ‘Assessors Only’ session on Tuesday afternoon.  The SSC covered the upcoming changes to the PCI DSS and PA-DSS standards.  There was an open Q&A session with excellent insight on the industry’s concerns and the SSC’s intent with many of the proposed changes.

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 puts emphasis on year-round awareness

    September 10, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    It's easy to think of PCI compliance as just another annual hoop to jump through. Of course, after the annual audit, the business is safe for another 12 months, right? Well, not exactly, and with the upcoming release of PCI DSS 3.0, there will be an even bigger reason to think about compliance beyond the scope of a yearly audit.

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  • Highlights of Newly Released PCI DSS 3.0 Information

    August 15, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The standards are coming!  The PCI SSC has finally let loose with some much needed information regarding the upcoming releases of the PCI DSS 3.0 and PA DSS 3.0 standards.  Available on the PCI SSC website; the document titled “Version 3.0 Change Highlights” contains information on what PCI stakeholders can expect in the upcoming release of the new security standards:

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  • MAPCO Incident Highlights the Risks Faced by All Convenience Stores

    August 13, 2013, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    On May 6, 2013, convenience store operator MAPCO Express, Inc. did a responsible thing – they issued a press release that shared important information about a data security incident that was discovered at their stores. Such notices ---along with a whole lot of behind-the-scenes investigative work – are standard operating procedure when incidents are discovered.

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