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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.

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  • Continuous Monitoring in the Cloud

    June 01, 2018, Michael Pitcher, Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal

    I recently spoke at the Cloud Security Alliance’s Federal Summit on the topic “Continuous Monitoring / Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Concepts in the Cloud.” As government has moved and will continue to move to the cloud, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure continuous monitoring goals are met in this environment. Specifically, cloud assets can be highly dynamic, lacking persistence, and thus traditional methods for continuous monitoring that work for on-premise solutions don’t always translate to the cloud.

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  • Managing Your Vulnerabilities, FedRAMP Style

    March 12, 2018, Dana Scaffido, Senior Consultant, Cyber Engineering, Coalfire

    As a member of Coalfire’s Cyber Engineering team, I frequently get questions about vulnerability Deviation Requests (DRs) from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) seeking Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorizations. In this post, I’ll try to answer questions we frequently encounter about Deviation Requests and provide some useful resource links.

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  • Top 10 Things CSPs Need to Know about FedRAMP Authorization on Amazon Web Services

    October 18, 2017, Jennifer Tonisson, Partner Marketing Manager, Technology & Cloud, Coalfire

    Coalfire conducted a webinar, FedRAMP on AWS: What you need to know. The discussion covered what cloud service providers need to know when pursuing FedRAMP authorization leveraging AWS U.S East/West or GovCloud. Below you’ll find the Top 10 things that cloud service providers should know.

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  • FedRAMP JAB Business Case extended

    August 22, 2017, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP Business Case for being considered for this cycle of the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) has been pushed out to August 31 at 5:00pm eastern. The additional time is to accommodate the large number of requests to document demand verification. Earlier the JAB has stated that federal demand across the U.S. government is the primary selection criteria for cloud service providers to be selected. This demand can be shown in current customers, on premise customers interested in a cloud offering, and potential customers documented through RFI/RFPs.

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  • Meeting FedRAMP and Government Standards – Coalfire Securealities Report

    May 02, 2017, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Coalfire released the results of its first annual FedRAMP Marketplace report – Securing Your Cloud Solutions: Research and Analysis on meeting FedRAMP and Government Standards. The findings highlight many positives for cloud service providers and federal agencies, but also opportunities for both to improve. The report examined more than 500 FedRAMP assessment and advisory engagements that Coalfire conducted, analysis of FedRAMP.gov authorized and in-process csp listings and interviews with information security executives with FedRAMP experience.

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