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.

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


  • Heartbleed – When Will the Next Shoe Drop?

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

    Last week, while I was in the offices of one of our customers, a long-present but little-known vulnerability in OpenSSL became public knowledge. Our client detected it early and made the necessary patches and updates. The systems deployed by their customers are now secure. Consumers will change their passwords and credentials stolen prior to the Heartbleed fixes will be worthless. Read more
  • SEC Roundtable

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

    On Wednesday, I attended a roundtable discussion the Securities and Exchange Commission held to gather information on cybersecurity trends and potential disclosure requirements for regulated public companies and stock exchanges.

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  • What every CIO should know about the new ISO 27001:2013 framework

    Karl Steinkamp, Director, PCI Product and Quality Assurance

    Originally released in 2005, the ISO 27001 standard has recently been updated with additional guidelines for assessing risks within information management systems. These changes constitute the first revisions to the standard in eight years and have major implications for organizational compliance. With greater focus on risk ownership and continuous improvement, ISO 27001:2013 will require companies to formulate new risk management processes that incorporate procedures to ensure compliance.  According to CSO magazine’s David Braue, these revisions in ISO 27001:2013 address the complex current security environment and incorporate necessary user feedback.

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  • The Ponemon Institute 2013 Cost of Cyber Crime Study is out

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

    Before anyone else conjures up the image of Steve Martin (in the Jerk) running down the street with the new phone book and declaring the obvious to all around him, let’s put this study in perspective.  There is nothing new or unexpected in the 2013 study.  We have had it confirmed that cybercrime is still a big issue and it costs all of us a lot of time and money to combat a growing list of criminals and terrorists.

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  • College students concerned about information security

    Mark Lucas, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Coalfire

    Universities and colleges have been under significant pressure to upgrade their technology both in and out of the classroom. For instance, many organizations turn to mobility as a way to engage students and facilitate learning campus-wide. While much of the discussion is around issues such as the availability of Wi-Fi, there are numerous other things to consider as smartphones and tablets become a part of most technology ecosystems.

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