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.


  • Cyber Security Legislation

    October 04, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: Get Informed and Get Involved on Cyber Legislation. Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance sponsors National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and a growing number of businesses and institutions are joining the chorus.  The White House got in on the act, too, with this Presidential Proclamation.

    To celebrate the month, Coalfire will be blogging on topics of interest to our customers and business partners, and we invite you to join the discussion. This first post is an update on cyber legislation.

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  • My DEFCON social engineering talk and DerbyCon

    September 11, 2012, Noah Beddome, Associate Assessor, Coalfire Labs

    This year has been a year of firsts for me and for Coalfire. I was recently hired to my first Information security job as a penetration tester for Coalfire Labs, the forensic and app/network testing side of Coalfire.  Many of the Coalfire Labs team attended DEFCON in Las Vegas in early August.. Not only was it my first visit to DEFCON as an attendee but this was my first time speaking at a conference. Because it seems to be a year of firsts, we at Coalfire Labs thought it would be a good idea to share a first time speaker’s experience and an attendee’s views on this year’s DEFCON.

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  • BYOD Survey Results: Employees are not playing it safe with company data

    August 14, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the number of employees using personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is causing headaches for the IT department and there is no stopping this trend. Due to the sensitive nature of company information often accessed on those devices, it has become a growing concern for small and large businesses alike.

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  • Coalfire Certificates: Proof of a Job Well Done

    July 18, 2012, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    Most security professionals don’t like to boast about their good work. They would rather stay behind the scenes to keep systems and data protected from harm. However, companies also need to let customers and business partners know that they have a security program and are compliant with applicable security regulations and standards. That is why we created the Coalfire Certificate program.   -- so companies can highlight that their IT controls have been independently scanned, assessed or validated in accordance with the highest industry standards.

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