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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.


  • FedRAMP Plans for 2017

    November 10, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) plans to continue to build on 2016 successes by planning for an ambitious 2017 according to a series of blog posts released by the General Services Administration (GSA). 

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  • The Cost of a FedRAMP Assessment from a 3PAO Perspective

    September 22, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    FedRAMP.gov recently published a blog titled ‘How Much Does It Cost to Go Through FedRAMP?’ As a FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), we wanted to provide additional factors for consideration for organizations that are evaluating or pursuing a FedRAMP authorization.

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  • FedRAMP Prioritization

    August 29, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Coalfire has been participating in the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Cloud Computing community of interest in order to contribute in developing the new FedRAMP JAB Prioritization process.

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  • FedRAMP High Baseline Requirements Published

    June 28, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Project Management Office officially released its High baseline for High impact-level systems. This baseline is at the High/High/High categorization level for confidentiality, integrity, and availability in accordance with FIPS 199; and is mapped to the security controls from the NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 4 catalog of security controls. Previously, the FedRAMP authorization process was only designed for low and moderate impact systems.

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  • 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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