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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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  • Leading in Privacy

    September 25, 2018, Mali Yared, Practice Director, Cyber Risk Advisory & Privacy, Coalfire

    On September 24, I was pleased to represent Coalfire (and private-sector expertise) by attending the kickoff for the Privacy Framework at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by notable leaders in the industry and government: The Departments of Transportation and Commerce, the Information Technology Industry Council, Intel, Citrix, National Telecommunications, and various other notable public and private-sector leaders in the industry. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is taking steps toward pulling the various, splintered privacy initiatives in our nation together into a focused approach – and it is very exciting to see.

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  • IT Security Horror Story: Is your Network an Unsegmented Haunted House?

    October 29, 2014, Mark Manousogianis, Information Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    One day I went to a client site to perform internal penetration test to emulate the insider threat. This testing was designed to help this client understand the damage a rogue employee or an intruder who gained physical access to the network could do.  The site that I was visiting was a storefront and had public WiFi.  I told the store staff who I was there to meet, and while I waited for the client to become available I connected to the public WiFi just to have a look.

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  • IT Security Horror Story: Slow Network, Big Phish

    October 29, 2014, Mark Manousogianis, Information Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    It was a typical morning, just like any other for Annie. She arrived at the office just in time to fill her coffee mug and get to her desk to read her email that had been piling up since Friday. After reading through the standard office wide emails she came across one from the help desk.

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  • Data Privacy Day 2012 – BYOD

    January 30, 2012, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    January marks Data Privacy Month and on January 28th we celebrated Data Privacy Day. In the past year, we have seen an increase in the consumerization of IT and “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) in the enterprise. In honor of Data Privacy Day 2012, we have partnered with The Center for Identity at The University of Texas to host a seminar on Wednesday, February 1.

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