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.


  • Cyber Security Awareness - Are you Doing All You Can to Stay Safe?

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

    Every company has vulnerabilities and must learn to protect themselves from fast-moving cyber threats.  Below are a few tips to keep in mind as you examine your network security:

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  • Can we kick the attachment habit?

    John Rostern, VP, Technology Advisory and Assessment Services

    As consumers of messaging services, particularly email, we have become addicted to attachments. This habit has become an easy avenue for mounting cyber-attacks against an organization. In the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, conducted in cooperation with the United States Secret Service, 38 percent of breaches utilized some form of malware and 28 percent employed social tactics.

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  • Recent Surveys Reveal Trends and Spending Habits for Retailers in PCI Compliance

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

    Recently, Gartner Research released two separate research reports on retailer PCI DSS compliance progress, trends and strategies. These reports are based on a survey of 77 merchants of varying sizes and covers a wide range of topics, including compliance status, spending and the incidence of assessed fines and penalties.

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  • Phishing Season: Spam on the rise

    Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Within the past two weeks there have been several reports on the increase in email spam, which can be directly correlated to an increase in phishing schemes and malware attacks.  These attacks are frequently being delivered under the guise of legitimate business: they come in the form of shipment confirmations, credit card statements, and IRS alerts.  They all request swift action to click a link or to read an attachment to address some pressing issue.

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  • Coalfire Appoints Larry Jones to Board of Directors

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

    We are proud to announce the election of Larry Jones to our board of directors. Larry is the former CEO of StarTek, Activant, Message Media and NeoData, and is a seasoned veteran in technology services.  He also serves on the board of Comverge, Inc., a publicly traded provider of smart grid, demand management and energy efficiency solutions.

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