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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.


  • Controlling Cyber Risk for Teleworkers with HITRUST

    April, 2020, 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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  • Healthcare Slow to Adopt NIST Digital Identity and Authentication Guidance

    July, 2019, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an updated guide (Special Publication 800-63b) for Digital Identity Guidance in June 2017. This is a comprehensive and holistic guide to authentication processes, which includes choices of authenticators that may be used at various Authenticator Assurance Levels (AALs). It provides recommendations on the lifecycle of authenticators, including revocation in the event of loss or theft, complexity requirements, and authenticator expirations.

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  • Coalfire Participates in Cybersecurity Disaster Exercise at the 2019 HSCC Spring Summit

    April, 2019, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) conducted their biannual Joint Cybersecurity Working Group (JCWG) All-Hands Meeting on April 3-4, 2019. As a member of HSCC, Coalfire participated in the JCWG meeting with other security leaders from across the healthcare industry and was able to take part in their cybersecurity disaster preparedness exercise. The meeting is designated as a Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) meeting under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. 

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  • How Hospitals Can Tie Cost Reduction to a Solid Data Security Program

    February, 2019, Michelle Caswell, Principal, Healthcare Assurance Services, Coalfire

    When I have conversations with hospitals and other organizations subject to HIPAA, one of the first questions asked is “if I have a data breach, will OCR fine me, and if so, how much?” Many organizations decide to gamble: they opt to save time and money by not implementing a robust information risk and compliance program on the chance that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) won’t fine them in the event of a breach. Although the OCR is the regulatory agency that enforces HIPAA, their fines are only one potential expense an organization incurs for a data breach.

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  • HIPAA Complaints, OCR Investigations, and Security Risk Analysis for Healthcare Delivery Organizations – A Common Thread

    November, 2018, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    Many HIPAA covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) may not be meeting the regulatory mandate as defined in §164.308(a)(1)(ii)(A) of the HIPAA Security Rule. This implementation specification requires that healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) “Conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the covered entity or business associate.”

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