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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.


  • 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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  • The Federal Government in Financial Services' Cybersecurity

    July 30, 2014, Justin Orcutt, Regional Sales Manager

    It’s no secret that the internet has changed the way we do business in nearly every industry. On the other hand, the dangers of limited cyber regulations are quickly becoming a focus for the government due to the frequency and impact of data breaches.  It’s becoming apparent that convenience comes at the price of security—the federal government is taking notice.

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  • Secret Services Issues Warning to Hospitality Industry, Now What?

    July 25, 2014, Dan Fritsche, Practice Director, Coalfire Labs

    The U.S. Secret Service has issued an advisory to the hospitality industry to be on alert for keyloggers on the computers in the business center. Whether your hotel received this advice or not, this is something that will undoubtedly affect your business in the near future. We’ve put together this brief guide on reacting to the advisory. 

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  • Cybersecurity and the Financial Services Industry

    July 03, 2014, Justin Orcutt, Regional Sales Manager

    2014 is the year that the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is turning its focus to cybersecurity, a looming threat to any and all companies that utilize the internet. In case you missed my last post, back in March the OCIE hosted a Cybersecurity Roundtable to discuss the importance of protecting consumer data and the security of market systems following a steep increase in breaches by its members. 

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