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.


  • Updated: COVID-19 Incites Crimes of Opportunity

    Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    On April 21, 2020, Mike Weber, vice president of innovation, updated his blog covering some of the top scams cybercriminals are unleashing on businesses as well as identifying the newest targets for those crimes. In the current panicked state of the economy, understanding the attack vectors is the smartest thing companies and individuals can do to remain cyber secure.

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  • Privacy by Design: Building Customer Trust

    Paul Sonntag, Director, GDPR and Privacy

    Historically, the question of privacy has been the domain of the legal community. This makes perfect sense, because privacy has its roots almost exclusively in laws and regulations. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and similar regulations that are cropping up with increasing frequency around the world create a thorny regulatory environment, and figuring out how this network of laws applies to their respective organizations is a task best suited to the legal profession.

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  • PCI DSS for Large Organizations: A Coalfire Perspective

    Dan Stocker, Practice Director, Payments, Cloud & Tech

    As organizations grow, PCI DSS responsibilities become more complex. Logically, they gain more interconnected relationships internally and with third parties. Multiple payment channels, complex network architectures, and large inventories of devices in scope require preparation before performing assessments or maintenance. As a result, large organizations need to evolve their approach to PCI DSS awareness and compliance management across the entire organization so that security becomes business as usual.

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  • How the COVID-19 Epidemic is like Cybersecurity

    Nick Vigier, CxO Advisor, Coalfire

    Today, every citizen is on the front lines of the epidemic. We are flooded with information about staying safe, keeping an eye out, and left to process unfamiliar language. We are all suddenly doctors and epidemiologists analyzing information and predicting how the world is changing. With countless health professionals, scientists, and officials publishing cautionary tales, it may sound like when your organization’s CISO tells you that Cybersecurity is everyone’s job, and perhaps throws some cyber-jargon at you.

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  • Should Cloud Service Providers be Concerned with FIPS 140-3?

    Christine Biggs, Principal, FedRAMP & Assurance Services, Coalfire

    If you’ve dealt with FedRAMP, you may already know that FIPS 140-2 is the standard for cryptographic modules published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). All cloud service providers (CSPs) who wish to be FedRAMP compliant must use only crypto modules that have been validated by NIST in their Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) to ensure they comply with FIPS 140-2.

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