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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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts. We look forward to your comments, so please join the conversation.


  • 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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  • Data Privacy Day 2012 – BYOD

    January 30, 2012, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    January marks Data Privacy Month and on January 28th we celebrated Data Privacy Day. In the past year, we have seen an increase in the consumerization of IT and “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) in the enterprise. In honor of Data Privacy Day 2012, we have partnered with The Center for Identity at The University of Texas to host a seminar on Wednesday, February 1.

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  • Formalized IT Security Policy Now Required for Government Prime and Sub-contractors

    January 20, 2012, Alan Ferguson, Executive VP, Sales and Marketing, Co-founder

    This month the GSA announced an IT security mandate for government prime- and sub-contractors that requires them to have a formalized IT security plan that includes periodic audits.  Many government sub-contractors, large and small, will benefit from a third-party compliance program review so they can meet the intent of the rule but more importantly, they can promote an IT risk audit as a benefit to their customer base in their business development efforts.  There are a large number of sub-contractors, including IT service providers, that will need to comply with this new mandate.

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