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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.

  • 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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  • Chertoff Group Security Series Educates Financial Services Institutions about Cybercrime

    September 15, 2014, Justin Orcutt, Regional Sales Manager

    Last week I attended The Chertoff Group’s Security Series on Building Resiliency for Financial Services Sector. They provided insight into what they’re doing to protect their organizations, how they see the industry evolving, and firsthand knowledge about emerging threats.

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  • A New Cold War – with Many Sides

    August 28, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    A New Cold War – with Many Sides  There’s a lot we still don’t know about the FBI’s investigation of the data theft at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Criminal hackers based in Russia were targeting U.S. financial institutions long before Russia annexed Crimea or the West responded with sanctions. Is this truly a state-level act? Is it more than a coincidence that the attacks on our financial institutions follow a series of relatively effective sanctions against Russian financial interests? Or is it just another money-making venture by a Russian hacker network?

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  • A billion reasons to enhance your penetration testing

    August 20, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    There are so many questions regarding those leaked Russian passwords. Is this for real? What sites are on that list? How can you tell if your site’s users are in the “Russian Billion”? Isn’t this just a matter of changing user passwords? Bottom line:  As a company with websites that have user accounts, what should you do?

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  • Is the “Day of Reckoning” getting closer for a large scale cyber-attack?

    August 07, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The “Phony War” is how commentators described the seven-month period of eerie quiet that prevailed in Western Europe between Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland and its later move into the Benelux countries, when erstwhile allies Britain and France avoided offensive operations and simply waited for the German Army to regroup and come to them.

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