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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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  • It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark

    April 01, 2014, Craig Billado, Forensic Analyst, Coalfire Labs

    This month movie-goers around the world will flock (possibly two-by-two) to see Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’—a silver-screen adaptation of the timeless biblical story, starring Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly .  Whether one interprets the flood narrative literally or figuratively, this fact remains:  the time to prepare for disaster is not after the fact but beforehand. This is true whether the calamity is divine or human in origin.

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  • IT Security Horror Story #3: Ghost in the Machine

    October 29, 2013, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    A supernatural sequence of automotive portals and applications yield a ghostly in-car phenomenon. READ MORE…IF YOU DARE -

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  • IT Security Horror Story #2: A Tale of Spooky Hosted Images

    October 29, 2013, Brandon Edmunds, Senior Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    Image manipulation madness causes a near disaster for a popular web site. READ MORE…IF YOU DARE -

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  • IT Security Horror Story #1: The Case of the Phantom Blood Red Team

    October 29, 2013, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    An unsuspecting Fortune 100 company allows horrible creatures into their building and systems during a Red Team engagement. READ MORE…IF YOU DARE -

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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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