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  • New News About the HITRUST Scoring Rubric and PRISMA Model

    October 18, 2019, Zach Shales, Principal, Healthcare Certification, Coalfire

    This is a high-level overview of the most significant changes about the updated HITRUST scoring rubric and PRISMA model that will affect all organizations using the HITRUST framework. It contains tips and guidance for how to prepare for upcoming HITRUST assessments. If you need a deeper dive into the changes, read the Coalfire Scoring and Rubrics White paper or contact us.

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  • FUD is Dead

    October 08, 2019, Doug Hudson, Senior Director, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    A friend of mine who runs a cybersecurity firm told me recently, “Bro, FUD is dead. People are tired of all the fearmongering.” I completely agreed. For the uninitiated, FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

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  • What Is the DoD’s New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and What Does It Mean for Defense Contractors?

    October 03, 2019, Jim Masella, Director, FedRAMP & Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Citing the threat of compromise of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the defense industrial base (DIB), along with the high cost of cyber breaches in general, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition has initiated a program for rating the cybersecurity maturity of defense contractors. At the program’s core is a new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) based on a multi-level and multi-domain matrix of cybersecurity controls. 

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  • ERC.Net – A Toolset for Analyzing Windows Application Crashes

    October 02, 2019, Andy Bowden, Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    ERC.Net is a collection of tools designed to assist in analyzing and debugging Windows application crashes in order to identify potential security vulnerabilities. Supporting both 64 and 32 bit applications, ERC.Net has many use cases including parsing Windows file headers, identifying compile-time flags such as ASLR, DEP and SafeSEH, generating nonrepeating patterns and platform-specific egg hunters, detecting process information such as loaded modules and running threads, reading the TEB of a specific thread, and assisting in the identification of numerous types of memory vulnerabilities.

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  • FedRAMP and Its Applicability to ISVs Hosted on FedRAMP-Authorized IaaS

    September 27, 2019, Karen Laughton, Managing Principal, FedRAMP & Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) often ask Coalfire about the FedRAMP compliance framework and how it applies to them. They hear that all software procured by the U.S. federal government must be FedRAMP authorized, and they come to the experts to help them navigate the process. The good news is that the FedRAMP program is not directly applicable to most ISVs. An ISV cannot get their native product listed in the FedRAMP marketplace because it is a “software,” not a “service,” and the FedRAMP program was designed for Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers that provide multi-tenant cloud solutions to the U.S. federal government. 

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