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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.

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  • College students concerned about information security

    September 23, 2013, 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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  • BYOD Survey 2013: Employees and Companies Remain Lax with BYOD Security

    September 18, 2013, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Despite a dramatic increase in mobile device sales in the past year, BYOD security among employees remains static. Gartner forecasts 2013 tablet shipments to grow 67.9 percent, with shipments reaching 202 million units, while the mobile phone market will grow 4.3 percent, with volume of more than 1.8 billion units.

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  • IT Security Horror Stories: The Case of the Phantom Technician

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—a lot of scary security and compliance problems. Like zombies out looking for a victim, nefarious characters are out to attack your IT infrastructure and compromise your systems. Even when organizations have protections in place, the monsters just won’t give up. They keep coming. Consider this frightening tale...

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  • Penetration Testing Frequently Asked Questions

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    You may have noticed this recent article about Google’s contest that rewarded a hacker for discovering a vulnerability in Chrome. Once Google verified the vulnerability, they were able to fix the bug and issue the cash prize to the hacker. This is a very public example similar to what Coalfire Labs does every day - working with security leaders to test their security programs.

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  • Coalfire Client FireHost Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

    October 19, 2012, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Yesterday, we were delighted to see our long-time client Firehost announce that they achieved Common Security Framework (CSF) “Certified” status from the HITRUST Alliance.  Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, FireHost has made compliance a top priority, and we’ve enjoyed working with them to achieve this important designation.

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