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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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • Emerging Payment Technologies and Due Diligence: A Warning about “Silver Bullets”

    February, 2015, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    2015 will be an exciting year for the payments industry, especially for merchants that now have a number of new payment technologies at their disposal.  Emerging payment technologies such as Point-to-Point-Encryption (P2PE), Tokenization, EMV/Chip and Signature and Mobile Payment Acceptance are hitting the market globally and all of them can help reduce the risk of cardholder data compromise as well as potentially impact the compliance posture of merchants that choose to adopt them.

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  • Apple Pay and PCI Compliance

    November, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    A year ago, many retail cybersecurity discussions began and ended with PCI compliance. Today, after a gut-wrenching 10 months of data breaches stretching from mom-and-pop shops to category-leading brands, the discussions are broader, the risks are better understood and every link in the customer data chain is coming under newfound scrutiny.

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  • The PCI Enforcement Hammer is Ready to Drop

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

    The time for nervous anticipation for PCI breach response is over …. VISA has issued dramatic PCI Data Security Standard Compliance enforcement guidance for Level 1 and 2 merchants and all Service Providers.  Effective January 1st, 2015, noncompliance costs will be applied sooner and will escalate quicker.  For many merchants and service providers looking for a reason to improve compliance just got one.  The cost for noncompliance will easily hit $250,000 for many small and mid-sized merchants and service providers.

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  • Two final thoughts from the PCI Community Meeting

    September, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The 2014 North American PCI Community Meeting has drawn to a close, but the messages and lessons learned will continue to resonate with me long after I've returned home to Denver. There were two messages from the SSC this week that really struck a chord with me and I wanted to expand on why I think they are important moving forward.

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  • PCI Community Meeting Keynote

    September, 2014, philip Wang,

    Admiral James Stavridis delivered this morning’s PCI Community Meeting keynote presentation, ‘Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security’ to an engaged and near-capacity crowd. Admiral Stavridis, a four-star admiral and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, touched briefly on PCI compliance but spoke mainly about cybersecurity as a whole.

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