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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.


  • So much compliance to do…so little time (and people!)

    Kevin Tonkin, VP, Engineering, Coalfire

    In my seven years at Coalfire I've had the pleasure of working with dedicated compliance professionals at organizations of all shapes and sizes. Over time I've seen the pressure on these fine folks increase tenfold as the stream of new compliance obligations jumps its banks and becomes a flood. The pressure increases as their organizations try to enter new markets but find they’re thwarted because of new compliance requirements. I hear the same thing over and over – they have too much to do and not enough people to do it.

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  • Establishing risk appetite is key to effective risk management

    Mandy Pote, Director, Cyber Risk Services, Coalfire

    The mission of an enterprise risk management program is to respond to and monitor risks to the enterprise’s operations and objectives. In order to properly respond to and monitor risks, the enterprise must establish risk appetite thresholds. Well-established and well-communicated risk appetite thresholds will ensure that risks are mitigated consistently at all levels of the organization.

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  • Cybersecurity Risk Management – From HIPAA to HITRUST

    Rich Curtiss, Director, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    Cybersecurity risk management for healthcare organizations continues to be a perplexing issue. While it is explicit in the security management standard of the HIPAA Security Rule that a Covered Entity and their Business Associates must conduct an “accurate and thorough” risk analysis teamed with a plan to “implement security measures to reduce risks,” it is not immediately clear how this is to be accomplished.

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  • Data Governance in the Cloud

    Jonathan Leach, Principal, Cyber Risk Services, Coalfire

    Data governance is something your organization has likely considered, put into action, and implemented. The question is, to what degree is the data actually being governed – or not?

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  • Forensics and the Internet of Things (IoT)

    Brian Prendergast, Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory - Forensics, Coalfire

    Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) means that billions of devices are connected to the Internet. People and organizations are looking to connect devices more frequently for automation, simplification, and the feature advantages the IoT delivers. Items such as smoke detectors, glasses, watches, ovens, refrigerators, garage doors, and more are connecting to the Internet, with most of the associated data saved to the Cloud.

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