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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.


  • Processing Payments in the Cloud

    April 17, 2019, Andrew Barratt, Managing Principal, Solution Validation, Coalfire

    Some things work so well together that even suggesting they don’t now seems almost ridiculous. But I wonder, who were the pioneers that fought back when questioned about the jelly on the PB? The savory with the sweet. The steak wrapped in cheese . . . those crazy hipsters spreading avocado on toast. Yet, now these are the norm, and so it’s time to embrace yet another: Payments and the Cloud. My teams work with some of the biggest payment processors in the world, and for years we saw reluctance, cloud inertia, and concerns over security and compliance. Some of these fears were reasonable at the time, such as concerns over outages and uptime – concerns that are reasonable when stepping into any commercial outsource-type of relationship.

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  • Compensating Controls: When Patching Isn’t an Option

    February 04, 2019, Steve Durham, Consultant, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    Your software vendor is asleep at the wheel and your devs still need that legacy daemon.

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  • The HOW, WHY, and HUH? Blog on Disputes

    January 30, 2019, Travis Finn, Consultant, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    As you may know, performing vulnerability scans is a requirement for PCI DSS compliance. One of those specific requirements, described in section 11.2.2, states that quarterly external scanning must be done by a qualified Approved Scanning Vendor. Coalfire just so happens to be an ASV, so if you need these scans we would happily oblige!

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  • PA-DSS to Software Security Framework: What You Need to Know

    January 21, 2019, Bhavna Sondhi, Senior Consultant, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) developed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) applies to software vendors and others who develop payment applications that store, process, or transmit cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data. The list of various payment applications that are currently validated for software vendors is located on the PCI SSC Website.

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  • CoalfireOne Special Notes

    January 08, 2019, Erica Woods, Associate, Commercial Services, Vulnerability Assessments and Scanning, Coalfire

    PCI-DSS can be challenging  to navigate – particularly when it comes to the ASV scanning requirements.  While fulfilling the scanning requirement is easy, obtaining a passing  attestation report may involve more than simply remediating failed findings.  One requirement that we receive many questions about is Special Notes.

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