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  • pymetasploit3 – Metasploit Automation Library

    May 20, 2019, Dan McInerney, Senior Security Consultant, Coalfire

    Have a checklist of tasks you perform every penetration test, such as SSH bruteforcing or port mapping? Automate it with Python and Metasploit! Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a working, full-featured Python library for making these tasks easy for many years now. This changes today.

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  • Is Cloud Computing Really New? And Other Insights on the Changing Face of Cloud

    May 02, 2019, Kurt Hagerman, CxO Advisor, Cyber Strategy, Coalfire

    What is cloud computing, and why is its increased use getting so much attention? In my view, cloud computing is just the latest iteration of what started back in the days of the IBM service bureaus of the 1960s and ‘70s. Back then, only a handful of organizations had the resources to own and operate IBM mainframe computers. Those that did eventually realized they were only using a fraction of these computers’ capacity; and so, they came up with a novel approach – rent computing time to other organizations that couldn’t afford to own a mainframe themselves but could take advantage of the computing power they offered. This was easily done given the security model and ability to partition memory and processing built into the mainframe. Voila! Cloud computing was born!

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  • A Day in the Life of a Cybersecurity Professional

    April 24, 2019, Sohaib Adil, Associate, Cyber Engineering, Coalfire

    After I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to do something in computers and IT, but I did not know exactly what – the IT help desk route, databases and database management, programming and software development, or something else perhaps? I knew one thing though – I did not want to be in a job where I was going through the same monotonous task(s) day after day, sitting in a cubicle and not talking to or interacting with anyone. I wanted a job that was dynamic, exciting, and brought about new challenges and opportunities for growth every day.

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  • Coalfire Participates in Cybersecurity Disaster Exercise at the 2019 HSCC Spring Summit

    April 18, 2019, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) conducted their biannual Joint Cybersecurity Working Group (JCWG) All-Hands Meeting on April 3-4, 2019. As a member of HSCC, Coalfire participated in the JCWG meeting with other security leaders from across the healthcare industry and was able to take part in their cybersecurity disaster preparedness exercise. The meeting is designated as a Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) meeting under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. 

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  • Processing Payments in the Cloud

    April 17, 2019, Andrew Barratt, Managing Principal, Solution Validation, Coalfire

    Some things work so well together that even suggesting they don’t now seems almost ridiculous. But I wonder, who were the pioneers that fought back when questioned about the jelly on the PB? The savory with the sweet. The steak wrapped in cheese . . . those crazy hipsters spreading avocado on toast. Yet, now these are the norm, and so it’s time to embrace yet another: Payments and the Cloud. My teams work with some of the biggest payment processors in the world, and for years we saw reluctance, cloud inertia, and concerns over security and compliance. Some of these fears were reasonable at the time, such as concerns over outages and uptime – concerns that are reasonable when stepping into any commercial outsource-type of relationship.

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