The Coalfire Blog

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.


  • A Proven Strategy for Implementing Vendor Management Programs

    December 10, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    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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  • Are you in danger of missing the HIPAA Omnibus?

    August 28, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    On September 23, 2013, many companies will be required by law to comply with HIPAA…and they don’t even know it.  Specifically, the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule pulls all companies under the law if they store, process, or transmit PHI data as part of their business processes. While the Omnibus Rule was drafted in late 2012, Coalfire still sees a lot of confusion among service providers, or business associates.

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  • All Aboard the HIPAA Omnibus - but is the ‘bus’ missing anything?

    February 06, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    In the wake of the recently-released HIPAA Omnibus Rule with its upcoming deadline, healthcare organizations are trying to figure out how they’re going to achieve compliance. We’ve been busy trying to get through the 563-page rule and determine what it means to our clients.

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  • Long-awaited HIPAA Omnibus Rule is Unveiled

    January 21, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    As of January 17, 2013, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule has finally been released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will modify the HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement rules.  The package of regulations, in regard to this long-overdue HIPAA Omnibus Rule, will officially be posted on the Federal Register on January 25, 2013 and will be put into effect on March 26, 2013.  Covered entities and business associates will have until September 23, 2013 to comply with the new regulations.

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  • Small Breach, Big Settlement

    January 08, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the first ever breach settlement where fewer than 500 patient records were compromised.  The $50,000 settlement was issued as a result of 441 patient records being stored on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen from the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI).

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