Coalfire Systems Appoints John Rostern as Managing Director of New York Office

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Compliance Veteran will Drive Strategy and East Coast Growth

Coalfire Systems announced today that John Rostern has joined the company as managing director of the New York office.

In his role, Rostern will oversee Coalfire’s services to the 200+ clients it already serves in the Northeast, and lead the company’s efforts to expand its presence through the East Coast. A 29-year veteran in IT, information security and technology risk management, Rostern will work closely with Coalfire’s leadership team to expand its services to banks, retailers, service providers and healthcare firms.

“We are seeing an explosive demand for our services, and John’s proven leadership and substantial experience will streamline our expansion efforts in this area,” Coalfire CEO and Senior Security Strategist Rick Dakin said. “John has the corporate knowledge and technological expertise to execute successful managed services strategies for our clients. His hiring is a major step for Coalfire and I am pleased to welcome him to the team.”

Before joining Coalfire Systems, Rostern worked for Jefferson Wells, where he was director of IT Risk Advisory Services. Prior to Jefferson Wells, he served as vice president of technology for Fortunoff as well as having leadership roles in the advisory services practices of Ernst & Young, LLP and KPMG, LLP.

Rostern noted, “I was attracted to Coalfire Systems because of their industry-leading technical expertise and their unbiased approach to IT auditing and compliance. The New York area is heavily populated with leading organizations in banking, financial services and other critical sectors. The effective assessment and management of technology related risk is critical for these organizations. I look forward to introducing Coalfire’s world-class expertise and services to these companies.”

About Coalfire
Coalfire is a leading, independent IT Audit and Compliance firm that provides information technology (IT) audit, security assessment and IT compliance management solutions. The company has grown rapidly since being founded in 2001 and now completes more than 1,000 projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire has developed a new generation of technology-enabled IT Compliance Management Tools under the Navis brand. These tools enable Coalfire to efficiently deliver governance, risk and compliance (GRC) services and keep pace with rapidly changing regulations and best practices. Coalfire’s solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation, including the PCI Data Security Standard, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, HIPAA/HITECH, NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley and FISMA. For more information, please visit

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