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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.

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


  • PCI DSS 3.0 puts emphasis on year-round awareness

    Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    It's easy to think of PCI compliance as just another annual hoop to jump through. Of course, after the annual audit, the business is safe for another 12 months, right? Well, not exactly, and with the upcoming release of PCI DSS 3.0, there will be an even bigger reason to think about compliance beyond the scope of a yearly audit.

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  • Are you in danger of missing the HIPAA Omnibus?

    Ken Ballard,

    On September 23, 2013, many companies will be required by law to comply with HIPAA…and they don’t even know it.  Specifically, the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule pulls all companies under the law if they store, process, or transmit PHI data as part of their business processes. While the Omnibus Rule was drafted in late 2012, Coalfire still sees a lot of confusion among service providers, or business associates.

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  • Highlights of Newly Released PCI DSS 3.0 Information

    Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The standards are coming!  The PCI SSC has finally let loose with some much needed information regarding the upcoming releases of the PCI DSS 3.0 and PA DSS 3.0 standards.  Available on the PCI SSC website; the document titled “Version 3.0 Change Highlights” contains information on what PCI stakeholders can expect in the upcoming release of the new security standards:

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  • MAPCO Incident Highlights the Risks Faced by All Convenience Stores

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  • The Rapidly Changing World of Mobile Application Payment Systems Compliance

    Ken Ballard,

    In this series of Compliance Talk, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop, this time joined by Dan Fritsche.  Dan is Coalfire’s Director of Solution Validated Services and is considered a thought leader on mobile payments, P2PE and other emerging trends in the payments industry.  

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