The Coalfire Blog

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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • Coalfire Client FireHost Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

    October, 2012, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Yesterday, we were delighted to see our long-time client Firehost announce that they achieved Common Security Framework (CSF) “Certified” status from the HITRUST Alliance.  Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, FireHost has made compliance a top priority, and we’ve enjoyed working with them to achieve this important designation.

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  • Cyber Security Legislation

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

    October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: Get Informed and Get Involved on Cyber Legislation. Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance sponsors National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and a growing number of businesses and institutions are joining the chorus.  The White House got in on the act, too, with this Presidential Proclamation.

    To celebrate the month, Coalfire will be blogging on topics of interest to our customers and business partners, and we invite you to join the discussion. This first post is an update on cyber legislation.

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  • BYOD Survey Results: Employees are not playing it safe with company data

    August, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the number of employees using personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is causing headaches for the IT department and there is no stopping this trend. Due to the sensitive nature of company information often accessed on those devices, it has become a growing concern for small and large businesses alike.

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

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

    January, 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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