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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.


  • Big news from the HITRUST 2015 conference: The HITRUST CSF is gaining momentum as the de facto framework amongst healthcare organizations

    May 29, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    As the HITRUST 2015 conference in Grapevine, Texas ended, I was reminded of the numerous predictions that flagged 2015 the year of the [healthcare] breach.  And in just the first half of the year we’ve already witnessed three mega breaches that combined to compromise over 90 million patient records.  At the HITRUST conference attendees were greeted with a plethora of speakers ranging from payers and providers to service providers and certified practitioners, Coalfire included.

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  • Reporting LIVE from the HIMSS 2015 Cybersecurity Command Center

    April 30, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    Well, it’s not exactly live anymore but it certainly was worth tweeting live from the brand new Cybersecurity Command Center (CCC) at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago a couple weeks ago given all the excitement.  The CCC was the place to be at HIMSS this year with standing room only at the educational sessions.  HIMSS staff members were busy adding rows of seating to the session area to fit all the attendees who were clamoring for valuable information delivered by numerous speakers from the FBI to the Secret Service to cyber risk subject matter experts.

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  • The Future of Healthcare Cybersecurity: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    March 20, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    In the last five years with the increasing digitalization of health information, healthcare security breaches have increased four-fold with the industry experiencing more breaches than any other in 2013. With a large number of potential targets and the high value of personal medical information on the black market, healthcare organizations will continue to be more appealing targets.

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  • Anthem Data Breach - A Message from Coalfire's Healthcare Practice Director

    February 05, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at a healthcare conference. In attendance were CIOs, CISOs, VPs of IT, and members of legal counsel. The individuals attending the session represented organizations ranging from small- to medium-sized business associates all the way up to large, multi-networked hospitals defined as covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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  • Their Claim to Fame – So-Called HIPAA-Compliance Experts and Tools

    January 15, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    Have you noticed how many vendors and software solutions are out there claiming they can make you HIPAA-compliant?  Well, at the end of the day that’s simply not possible because only you can make your organization HIPAA-compliant.  I came up with a list of “red flags” that I typically see from vendors, contractors and the like.

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