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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.

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  • Reporting LIVE from the HIMSS 2015 Cybersecurity Command Center

    April 30, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    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, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    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, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    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, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    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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  • Heartbleed Aftershocks: Community Health Systems Breach, 4.5 Million Records Lost

    August 22, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The news this week that hackers from China compromised 4.5 million customer records held by Community Health Systems is just the latest indication that companies are not adequately protecting the information of the consumers they serve.

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