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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.


  • 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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  • Long-awaited HIPAA Omnibus Rule is Unveiled

    January 21, 2013, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    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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  • What We Learned at HIMSS12

    March 16, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    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, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    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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