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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.


  • FedRAMP Question and Answer session from PMO webinar

    Tom McAndrew, Chief Executive Officer, Coalfire

    On October 25, the FedRAMP PMO conducted its first webinar, in what will be a series of webinars, on the FedRAMP process. This first webinar covered the four methods that CSPs can get listed in the FedRAMP repository.

    This webinar is well worth the time to listen to it. The PMO had a lengthy Q&A session, which we have transcribed for your convenience below. The FedRAMP PMO also provides a transcription, but leverages a speech-to-text service which garbled some of the phrases and meanings. Our human reviewed Q&A of that section of the webinar is below.

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  • Penetration Testing Frequently Asked Questions

    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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  • IT Security Horror Stories: Tale of the Fake IT Rep

    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

    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

    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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