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.

  • Secret Services Issues Warning to Hospitality Industry, Now What?

    July 25, 2014, Dan Fritsche, Practice Director, Coalfire Labs

    The U.S. Secret Service has issued an advisory to the hospitality industry to be on alert for keyloggers on the computers in the business center. Whether your hotel received this advice or not, this is something that will undoubtedly affect your business in the near future. We’ve put together this brief guide on reacting to the advisory. 

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  • Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug: What You Need to Know

    April 10, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    The widely publicized heartbleed bug ( may be impacting as many as 500,000 systems across the Internet.  Heartbleed is the name of a vulnerability in the OpenSSL program that powers encrypted communication to many of the world's web sites and private networks.  Below you will find out who is affected, what the workarounds are and how Coalfire can help.

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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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