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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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  • Viruses and Vendors Can Put Healthcare Data At Risk

    August 09, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    A recent article in Healthcare Security Info highlights that computer viruses can cause security breaches, that can then in turn compromise health care data and potentially violate the HIPAA and HITECH Act regulations. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston had to notify more than 2,000 people that a computer virus sent data, including medical record numbers, names, etc. to an undisclosed location.

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  • HIPAA Compliance and Call Centers

    June 09, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In a previous post titled Is It Safe to Speak? Protection for Telephone-Based Payment Card Data, I commented on the PCI SSC new requirements for call center operations and recording systems.

    Call center security has been a hot topic for a long time. How safe is the information that is given over the phone?  Especially in the healthcare industry, patient privacy is paramount.

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  • They Changed What? HIPAA & HITECH

    May 24, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    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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