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.


  • Proudly Supporting Our Country’s Navy Reserves

    Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    July is a month in which we celebrate our nation’s independence and we hope that you’ve had the chance to reflect on the many freedoms and blessing we enjoy as citizens of the United States. At Coalfire, we know full well that those freedoms have been paid for, at least in part by the America’s service men and women.

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  • VMware releases PCI Solution Guide and it has good news for compliance-oriented buyers

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  • P2P Encryption Program now available from PCI Council

    Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    The PCI council has updated the Point-to-Point encryption (P2PE) program requirements (PDF). The update impacts merchants, payment applications, point of sale vendors and service providers. As a participating organization of the PCI P2PE task force, providing input into the standard, I wanted to briefly explain how this affects the various PCI ecosystem participants.

    The ultimate goal of the P2PE program is to reduce the PCI DSS scope that merchants experience by shifting the burden away from merchants toward solution providers who are providing validated P2PE solutions. Deploying validated P2PE solutions will simplify PCI DSS validation for merchants while reducing the risk of cardholder data breaches.

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  • Moving to the Cloud: Considerations for Implementing Cloud Migration Plans

    Kennet Westby, President and COO

    Over 60 executive level attendees came to the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado for the National Council of Higer Education Loan Programs (NCHELP) Spring convention and to hear from a panel of cloud experts on how the migration to cloud IT services could impact their business in the future. 

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  • Coalfire Acquires Digital Resources Group in California

    Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    We have reached a new milestone at Coalfire and have announced the recent acquisition of privately held Digital Resources Group (DRG) in Redwood City, California. We are excited about our latest venture as it consolidates our leadership position within the IT Governance Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) services industry. As we continue to grow, acquisitions such as this will help us gain new staff, clients, skills and additional geographical presence enabling Coalfire to continue to provide top-notch services.

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