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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 Top 3 Security Issues in Federal Cloud Computing

    April 17, 2014, Rob Barnes, Director, Federal Practice

    A journalist recently asked me for my top three pressing concerns related to Federal cloud security. Here are a few points I had to offer up.

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  • DoD DIACAP transition to RMF approved

    April 03, 2014, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Welcome DIARMF!  This has been a long time coming. From DITSCAP to DIACAP and now to DIARMF the Department of Defense approved the transition to a Risk Management Framework (RMF) approach developed by NIST on March 12.

    What does this mean for Information Systems and Platform Information Technology that are already authorized or in the authorization process? While there are many details affecting DoD Unified Capabilities, Cryptography Trusted Platform Module and Cybersecurity Reciprocity…the broad instruction is explained below.

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  • Determining if your Company is Prepared for FedRAMP

    May 13, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Many companies interested in pursuing FedRAMP are seeking guidelines, checklists and any referenceable source  to help them understand and determine their level of preparedness to go through the FedRAMP process. The GSA's FedRAMP.gov site provides documentation on the FedRAMP process in their "Guide to Understanding FedRAMP."  In it is a 12-step checklist to help organizations gauge their readiness for FedRAMP.  

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  • Agencies to report progress with FedRAMP

    April 26, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP PMO recently conducted webinars on April 23 and 25 regarding Agencies requirement to report their progress on compliance with FedRAMP. The discussion covered the FedRAMP progress to date, the reporting requirements and process for moving services to FedRAMP authorized cloud service providers. You will find the archived webinars on the Past Events page of FedRAMP.gov when they are available.

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  • FedRAMP PMO - FedRAMP Process and Developing SSP webinar Q&A

    January 16, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP program continues to gain momentum and GSA and the FedRAMP PMO conduct great, interactive, webinars available to attend live or to watch later. There is much to learn from the GSA on how to navigate the FedRAMP process according to their requirements. Read more
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