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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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  • 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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  • 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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