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.


  • 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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  • The Top 3 Security Issues in Federal Cloud Computing

    April 17, 2014, Rob Barnes, Director, Federal Practice

    A journalist recently asked me for my top three pressing concerns related to Federal cloud security. Here are a few points I had to offer up.

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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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  • FedRAMP Question and Answer session from PMO webinar

    November 13, 2012, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    On October 25, the FedRAMP PMO conducted its first webinar, in what will be a series of webinars, on the FedRAMP process. This first webinar covered the four methods that CSPs can get listed in the FedRAMP repository.

    This webinar is well worth the time to listen to it. The PMO had a lengthy Q&A session, which we have transcribed for your convenience below. The FedRAMP PMO also provides a transcription, but leverages a speech-to-text service which garbled some of the phrases and meanings. Our human reviewed Q&A of that section of the webinar is below.

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  • Moving to the Cloud: Considerations for Implementing Cloud Migration Plans

    May 25, 2012, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    Over 60 executive level attendees came to the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado for the National Council of Higer Education Loan Programs (NCHELP) Spring convention and to hear from a panel of cloud experts on how the migration to cloud IT services could impact their business in the future. 

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