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.


  • Getting Your Databases Audit Ready

    April 04, 2013, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Your database is perhaps one of the most sensitive targets for cybercriminals as they are your company’s primary repository for confidential and proprietary data. Besides knowing what vulnerabilities exist for your perimeter network and also for your internal systems, best practices require you to manage and protect your databases from unauthorized access, whether intentional or otherwise.

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  • Formalized IT Security Policy Now Required for Government Prime and Sub-contractors

    January 20, 2012, Alan Ferguson, Executive VP, Sales and Marketing, Co-founder

    This month the GSA announced an IT security mandate for government prime- and sub-contractors that requires them to have a formalized IT security plan that includes periodic audits.  Many government sub-contractors, large and small, will benefit from a third-party compliance program review so they can meet the intent of the rule but more importantly, they can promote an IT risk audit as a benefit to their customer base in their business development efforts.  There are a large number of sub-contractors, including IT service providers, that will need to comply with this new mandate.

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  • Trust the ‘Cloud’ (just make sure you have it examined first)

    April 26, 2011, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    In the wake of Amazon’s Web Service disruption over the past few days we think it is important to look at the case a little closer.

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  • Compliance and the Cloud

    March 14, 2011, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    “The Cloud” is a hot topic right now. Yet most people can’t even define what “the cloud” really is. As I talk to more companies, who are considering the move, they all have two main concerns: security and compliance. Of course, security and compliance are key when it comes to cloud computing, but the questions you really need to be asking is not, “Will I be secure and compliant if I move to the cloud?” but rather, “What do I need to do to be secure and compliant when I move to the cloud?”

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