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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.


  • 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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  • What you need to know from the OCR’s Report to Congress on Breaches and HIPAA Rules Compliance

    June 26, 2014, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Last week the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued their Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information (PHI) for calendar years 2011 and 2012. This is their second annual report required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009.

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  • HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum – West 2014 Wrap-Up

    June 23, 2014, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    The first HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in the western U.S. proved to be a success and was attended by over 300 people including attendees (CEs and BAs), speakers, exhibitors, and partners.  We reconnected with several clients and met new friends at our booth, which was located right in the middle of the action.  We also co-hosted a dinner with our partner, Voltage Security, and enjoyed catching up with old acquaintances and meeting new ones.

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  • HIPAA Compliance: A Demanding Effort Yielding Deserved Benefits

    April 01, 2014, Gerald Drake III, IT Security Consultant

    The heat is on!  Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has never been more scrutinized and highly regarded.  The push towards compliance has fueled businesses large and small to explore the options and necessary requirements of HIPAA compliance.  Specifically, any organization that meets the HIPAA definition of a covered entity or business associate is subject to and under the HIPAA compliance umbrella, regardless of how far removed they are from the point of treatment, and is subject to audit, fines, and penalties in the event of a breach.

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  • A Proven Strategy for Implementing Vendor Management Programs

    December 10, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    Every regulated industry includes a requirement for managing third-party risk.  Some industries are further along the path and have more mature processes than others.  However, there are tried and true methodologies and standards established by those early movers that we can utilize across other regulated industries.

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