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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.


  • The Rapidly Changing World of Mobile Application Payment Systems Compliance

    June 28, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    In this series of Compliance Talk, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop, this time joined by Dan Fritsche.  Dan is Coalfire’s Director of Solution Validated Services and is considered a thought leader on mobile payments, P2PE and other emerging trends in the payments industry.  

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 Is Coming Soon

    May 13, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) plans on releasing the newest version of the PCI Data Security Standard in October, 2013.  Predictably, the PCI SSC has been tight-lipped on divulging details regarding any expected changes.

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  • The PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines: An Executive Summary

    April 22, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI SSC and its Cloud Special Interest Group has released its Cloud Computing Guidelines after a year of collaboration and input from SIG members. Coalfire was a big contributor to this document, and we think it is required reading for anyone who has front-line responsibility for managing compliance at companies using a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).

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  • War on Passwords? Check with Your QSA First!

    March 14, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Passwords have long been the workhorse of user authentication schemes, and many security experts are speaking out on the need for more effective controls. It seems like hardly a week goes by when we don’t see a password breach in the news.

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  • The PCI SAQ P2PE-HW: Patience, POIs and PIMs

    January 15, 2013, Dan Fritsche, Principal, Retail and Financial Services

    The new PCI SAQ P2PE-HW (Point to Point Encryption Self-Assessment Questionnaire) was released in July 2012, and many  merchants are excited about the prospect of  a shorter, less arduous compliance validation effort.  After all, it’s significantly shorter than the SAQ-D; instead 12 sections, there are 4, and 284 controls are reduced to 19.

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