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.


  • PCI Community Meeting - EMV Chip Update

    September 10, 2014, Michael Matteo, Regional Sales Manager

    Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, EMV Migration Forum (EMF), presented the EMV Chip Update today at Day Two of the PCI Community Meeting.  The session provided attendees with insights into the EMV chip migration process in the U.S. and how this impacts PCI security efforts. Read more
  • Apple Pay: A New Way to Pay

    September 09, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Every September, Apple announces exciting new products that promise to change how we interact with not only our devices, but with the world around us. 2014 has been no exception; in San Francisco this morning, Apple announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Even though I’m excited about the capabilities and features of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, I’ll leave those blog posts to the consumer phone experts.

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  • Keeping your restaurant & hospitality Cardholder Data Environment safe

    August 12, 2014, Marvin Sandoval, Sales Associate

    Reports of new credit card data breaches seem to be in the news daily.  Recent high profile breaches within major retailers this year should serve as a wake-up call to the restaurant and hospitality industries.  As a result of having high volumes of credit card transactions and decentralized security practices, criminal organizations have put the restaurant and hospitality industry squarely in their sights.  The track data used in U.S magnetic-Stripe cards are still among the most valuable commodities on the black market as it allows criminal organizations to clone cards and quickly exploit them for highest possible financial gain. 

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 puts emphasis on year-round awareness

    September 10, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    It's easy to think of PCI compliance as just another annual hoop to jump through. Of course, after the annual audit, the business is safe for another 12 months, right? Well, not exactly, and with the upcoming release of PCI DSS 3.0, there will be an even bigger reason to think about compliance beyond the scope of a yearly audit.

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  • The PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines: An Executive Summary

    April 22, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI SSC and its Cloud Special Interest Group has released its Cloud Computing Guidelines after a year of collaboration and input from SIG members. Coalfire was a big contributor to this document, and we think it is required reading for anyone who has front-line responsibility for managing compliance at companies using a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).

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