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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.


  • What You Need to Know From the Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Part One

    January 19, 2016, Rick Link, Managing Director

    On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending bill that included the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (“The Act”). The Act was a compromise of cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed the House and Senate earlier in 2015. It creates a voluntary process for sharing cybersecurity information and is intended to encourage public- and private-sector entities to share cyber-threat information. The Act is controversial, as the active sharing of information between and among the Federal Government and private sector entities does not currently occur routinely or effectively.

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  • 2016 Cybersecurity Predictions

    December 10, 2015, Larry Jones, CEO

    The lessons learned from this past year teach us that no one is immune to cyber threats. The sooner corporate boards and executives come to understand that cybersecurity breaches are a very real and pervasive threat; then the hard work can begin to take preemptive measures and prepare an appropriate response and recovery strategy.

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  • Coalfire Contributes to New Book on Cybersecurity

    October 12, 2015, Larry Jones, CEO

    Today marks the launch of a new book published by the New York Stock Exchange and Palo Alto Networks called, "Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers." I’m proud to have worked with my predecessor, the late Rick Dakin, to contribute a chapter to this book, which provides boards, executives, and officers at enterprises, government agencies, and other organizations with useful, expert advice on how to best protect their businesses from cyberattacks.

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  • The Future of Healthcare Cybersecurity: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    March 20, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    In the last five years with the increasing digitalization of health information, healthcare security breaches have increased four-fold with the industry experiencing more breaches than any other in 2013. With a large number of potential targets and the high value of personal medical information on the black market, healthcare organizations will continue to be more appealing targets.

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  • Truth is SCARIER than Fiction Redux

    October 30, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Yes... To be honest, although we really do some neat stuff here at Coalfire Labs that can be pretty scary, I’ve got to give a shout out to “reality” for being even scarier than any emulated attack we could possibly develop.  The astounding number of data breaches announced this year is just shocking, really.  It really felt like there was a new one every month.  As it turns out, there was!  Even more than that on average, as we’ve had at least 14 of them over a 10 month span.

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