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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, Restaurants, and Utilities.

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  • Pulling Back the Curtain

    July 31, 2019, Travis Finn, Consultant, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    As ASVs, a lot of what we do is shrouded in mystery and danger (well, at least the former of those two). Today, we would like to take a moment to let you in on some of the processes we use to deal with all those disputes you might have to submit.

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  • Healthcare Slow to Adopt NIST Digital Identity and Authentication Guidance

    July 31, 2019, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an updated guide (Special Publication 800-63b) for Digital Identity Guidance in June 2017. This is a comprehensive and holistic guide to authentication processes, which includes choices of authenticators that may be used at various Authenticator Assurance Levels (AALs). It provides recommendations on the lifecycle of authenticators, including revocation in the event of loss or theft, complexity requirements, and authenticator expirations.

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  • Preparing for PCI DSS 4.0

    July 02, 2019, Andrew Barratt, Managing Principal, Solution Validation, Coalfire

    PCI DSS 4.0 is currently in its request for comments (RFC) process, where the industry can provide comments and feedback to help shape the next iteration. This process is initially open to the participating organizations – members that help steer and inform the PCI SSC based on their experiences. The RFC period for PCI DSS 4.0 ends in November 2019, and the council hopes to release PCI DSS 4.0 toward the end of 2020. 

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  • Data Governance in the Cloud

    June 20, 2019, Jonathan Leach, Cyber Risk Advisory, 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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  • The HITRUST Common Security Framework: Not Just for Healthcare Anymore

    June 19, 2019, Art Staff, Principal, Healthcare Assurance Services, Coalfire

    The HITRUST 2019 conference took place last month in Dallas, Texas, and covered important topics such as risk management, compliance, third-party assurance, cybersecurity, medical devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). As speakers and sponsors, we saw much enthusiasm about HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) validation and certification outside of the healthcare industry.

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