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.


  • Creative Ideas for Replacing Passwords

    March 08, 2013, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Passwords have been the de facto manner of providing security for IT systems.  They’ve got a bad reputation, but it’s not the passwords themselves that deserve the reputation – it’s the individuals using them and the weak standards to which these passwords are managed.  In fact, a password system implemented in a secure manner – long and complex passwords that change periodically – can be (virtually) uncrackable.  However, a typical user isn’t apt to embrace a system that requires 15 characters or more (including numbers, upper and lower case, and special characters) and needs to change every two to four weeks.  

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  • BYOD Survey Results: Employees are not playing it safe with company data

    August 14, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the number of employees using personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is causing headaches for the IT department and there is no stopping this trend. Due to the sensitive nature of company information often accessed on those devices, it has become a growing concern for small and large businesses alike.

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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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  • The hackerproof password? Tips and advice on password management

    May 02, 2012, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    Having some security expert tell you that you should be creating strong passwords that are unique per account and change frequently is like your dentist telling you that you should floss morning, night and after consuming any dentally dangerous foods. The majority of us say, “yeah right”. The truth is that you really must do better than what the average person is doing today. In our penetration testing and forensics practices we constantly discover, usually very intelligent, people using the same weak password or PIN across every account without ever changing them.

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  • Coalfire in the News

    January 17, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    It’s been quite a season in the world of IT security as we move into 2012. As experts in our field, we are often asked to comment on current trends and recent stories. Take some time to check out what we have had to say recently:

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