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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • The road to secure crypto: start getting risk management priorities on your threat modeling radar

    Karl Steinkamp, Director, PCI Product and Quality Assurance

    While attending the biggest event in crypto history earlier this month in Miami, it struck me that, although irrational over-exuberance was the mood, the reality is really sinking in: We are in a new payments industry paradigm shift. It’s not a fad anymore, and it’s not going away. An exclamation to the event was the notice that on June 9, 2021, El Salvador has officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender (currency) for the country.

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  • What you need to know: Transitioning CSA STAR for Cloud Controls Matrix 4.0

    Chase Kimberly, Principal of Standardization, Coalfire

    In January of this year, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released a major revision to its widely adopted Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) in the form of version 4.0. This comes in the middle of a calendar year where several alternative information security frameworks are also expected to be refined, including the HITRUST CSF, ISO/IEC 27002, and PCI DSS.

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  • Payments paradigm shift

    Karl Steinkamp, Director, PCI Product and Quality Assurance

    Crypto assets have been around for over a decade, and with the recent Coinbase IPO, we believe we are well past the point of calling this a “passing fad.” In fact, we believe that crypto assets — particularly bitcoin — have now passed the tipping point from being considered an unconventional investment vehicle to an international payment system.

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  • Cybersecurity opportunities for the public and private sectors

    Patrick Kehoe, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Coalfire

    I’m happy to share a new paper by Cynergy Partners, co-authored by Coalfire board member, Jim Pflaging, titled Cybersecurity Opportunities for the Public and Private Sectors.

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  • Avoid oversights in HIPAA risk management

    Rich Curtiss, Director, Healthcare Cyber Risk Services, Coalfire

    Since HIPAA regulations first came about in 1996, organizations have looked for ways to analyze and manage risk within this complex framework. Although guided by the HIPAA Security Rule as well as additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR), healthcare entities and business associates still struggle with the cybersecurity risk analysis component.

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