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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.

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


  • Cybersecurity Risk Management – From HIPAA to HITRUST

    Rich Curtiss, Director, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    Cybersecurity risk management for healthcare organizations continues to be a perplexing issue. While it is explicit in the security management standard of the HIPAA Security Rule that a Covered Entity and their Business Associates must conduct an “accurate and thorough” risk analysis teamed with a plan to “implement security measures to reduce risks,” it is not immediately clear how this is to be accomplished.

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  • Minimize Business Disruption and Move Forward with Solid Assessment Guidance

    Dixon Wright, VP SOC, ISO, and Healthcare Services, Coalfire

    COVID-19 has seized the world’s attention by disrupting the economy, the workforce, and our personal lives. While no one knows when this pandemic is going to end or its lasting impact, Coalfire is listening closely to our customers and doing everything we can to minimize disruption to their businesses. We are keenly aware that businesses must move forward with selling products and services and still have a need – albeit not “mission critical” – for third-party assurance.

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  • Controlling Cyber Risk for Teleworkers with HITRUST

    Jason Kor, Senior Manager, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Organizations across the globe have sent workers home to avoid spreading the Coronavirus and, as a result, technology leaders are hard-pressed to create cyber-safe work-from-home environments. Organizations must quickly identify and treat new cybersecurity risks introduced by the newly formed remote workforce.

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  • The HITRUST Shared Responsibility Matrix – the Assessor’s Point of View

    Mark Weech, Director, Healthcare Certification, Coalfire

    HITRUST® announced the availability of the new Shared Responsibility Program and MatrixTM Version 1.0 to help communicate and assign security and privacy responsibilities between cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers. Coalfire is proud that we helped develop the Matrix as part of the Shared Responsibilities Working Group and we appreciate the opportunity to offer some thoughts from the assessor’s perspective.

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  • Quality is Job One When it Comes to the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program

    Zach Shales, Principal, Healthcare Certification, Coalfire

    The HITRUST CSF® remains an essential security and privacy controls framework that addresses the multitude of security, privacy, and regulatory challenges facing both public and private sector organizations. As framework adoption increases across all industries, maintaining integrity is crucial, and continuous improvement should always be top of mind with any endeavor. This was HITRUST’s clear intent when they announced the formation of an Assessor Council back in 2016 and a Quality Subcommittee in 2017. Read more
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