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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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  • What We Learned at HIMSS12

    March 16, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    A few weeks ago, more than 35,000 healthcare IT professionals and 1,100 exhibitors converged on Las Vegas.  Some were there to go shopping for “HIT” or health information technology; others were there to sell it.  The IT professionals from across the healthcare spectrum were there to meet with each other and regulators, and stay abreast of the rapid technological changes in the healthcare industry.  This was an overwhelming event; a flood of information.  It’s been a couple of weeks.  Here’s a few of the HIMSS12 highlights:

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  • RSA 2012: Mobile, Cloud, and Intelligent Control

    March 02, 2012, Rick Norman, Director, Professional Services

    It was good to catch up with our customers and partners at RSA 2012 this week. Much of the buzz this year was around mobile devices and securing the cloud. We were glad to see innovative organizations introducing compliance-validated architectures based on these emerging technologies. One such organization was Hewlett-Packard, a Coalfire client and business partner. 

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  • The Budding Healthcare IT Spring

    February 23, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    HIMSS12 is in full production in Las Vegas this week. Over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals and service providers have descended upon a conference that will set the direction for a new wave to technology innovations for the healthcare industry. Almost every booth has a sign that extolls the benefits of cloud-based services delivered through mobile devices. The promise to shake the industry to its core is a common theme.

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  • Is your HIPAA Security and HITECH audit program in order?

    February 20, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    Healthcare organizations have been working towards HIPAA and HITECH compliance for a few years now. “Surprise” HIPAA compliance audits conducted by the OCR have begun and at Coalfire we’ve come across some gaps that have led organizations to fall short of their compliance initiatives.

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  • Password Management: How many do you need to remember?

    February 18, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    In today’s online world, the proliferation of usernames and passwords has resulted in a cottage industry springing up to meet the need to keep track of them in a secure manner. Software and hardware providers have developed a number of unique approaches to deal with this problem, but they all achieve the end goal of being a single credential that grants access to all your passwords.

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