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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.

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.


  • The Ghosts Inside - Horror Stories 2015

    October 26, 2015, Joseph Hesse, Director of Penetration Testing

    By 8 p.m. the donuts from the previous day had gone stale, what was left of them anyway. There was the eerie feeling of spirits in the night mist tonight. It was late October and the chill was thick with Halloween. You could smell it in the haze. I consider myself quite tough, but when you are a ghost it’s always a little… spooky.

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  • Breaching a bank in 20 minutes - Horror Stories 2015

    October 26, 2015, Ryan MacDougall, Sr. Security Consultant

    I arrived onsite to suite #102 (the bank’s corporate headquarters) around 9:40 a.m. I was impersonating a local utility worker – with all the garments like a hardhat, clipboard, obnoxious yellow vest, and some old Timberland work boots. I played the part well.

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  • The 100 Million Dollar Getaway - Horror Stories 2015

    October 26, 2015, Price McDonald, Director Labs Professional Services

    In today's security landscape, companies face daily threats to their reputation and intellectual property.  The typical response to these threats is to purchase a tool or a service claiming to be a magical silver bullet that can respond to all "cyber" threats.  In reality, the quest for a security silver bullet is a fool's errand, and any solid security program will revolve around continuous evaluation and training against emerging threats.

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  • Audio Video Media Forensics

    October 13, 2015, Brian Prendergast, Forensic Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    Our media forensics practice is a fast growing part of Coalfire.  We’re often asked what we can do, and this post is intended to be a quick primer to provide some background if you’re in need of this service and what you can expect from us and others in the field.

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  • DerbyCon is right around the corner (Sept. 23 - 25)

    September 22, 2015, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    DerbyCon is right around the corner (Sept. 23 - 25) and we wanted to highlight two sessions that Coalfire Labs team members will be presenting.

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