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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 Security Horror Stories: Tale of the Fake IT Rep

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

    Some IT security monsters aren't as obvious as a Mummy. At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—some pretty scary security and compliance problems. There are lots of deceptive monsters looking to exploit the weaknesses of their victims. This is one of those terrifying but true stories...

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  • IT Security Horror Stories: Truth is Scarier Than Fiction

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

    At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—some pretty scary security and compliance problems. Everyone’s heard of blood-sucking cyber criminals looking for vulnerable IT systems. Even when organizations have protections in place, these monsters just won’t give up. Their appetite is insatiable...

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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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  • 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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