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.

  • Coalfire Client FireHost Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

    October 19, 2012, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Yesterday, we were delighted to see our long-time client Firehost announce that they achieved Common Security Framework (CSF) “Certified” status from the HITRUST Alliance.  Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, FireHost has made compliance a top priority, and we’ve enjoyed working with them to achieve this important designation.

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  • What We Learned at HIMSS12

    March 16, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    A few weeks ago, more than 35,000 healthcare IT professionals and 1,100 exhibitors converged on Las Vegas.  Some were there to go shopping for “HIT” or health information technology; others were there to sell it.  The IT professionals from across the healthcare spectrum were there to meet with each other and regulators, and stay abreast of the rapid technological changes in the healthcare industry.  This was an overwhelming event; a flood of information.  It’s been a couple of weeks.  Here’s a few of the HIMSS12 highlights:

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  • The Budding Healthcare IT Spring

    February 23, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    HIMSS12 is in full production in Las Vegas this week. Over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals and service providers have descended upon a conference that will set the direction for a new wave to technology innovations for the healthcare industry. Almost every booth has a sign that extolls the benefits of cloud-based services delivered through mobile devices. The promise to shake the industry to its core is a common theme.

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  • Is your HIPAA Security and HITECH audit program in order?

    February 20, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    Healthcare organizations have been working towards HIPAA and HITECH compliance for a few years now. “Surprise” HIPAA compliance audits conducted by the OCR have begun and at Coalfire we’ve come across some gaps that have led organizations to fall short of their compliance initiatives.

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  • They Changed What? HIPAA & HITECH

    May 24, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    In 1996, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) opened the door to increased exchanges of healthcare information in an effort to improve care and reduce costs. The Act included new provisions for protected health information (PHI). Since there are only a few limited reviews and enforcement efforts, the effectiveness of the implementations have remained open.

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