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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • Controlling Cyber Risk for Teleworkers with HITRUST

    Jason Kor, Senior Manager, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Organizations across the globe have sent workers home to avoid spreading the Coronavirus and, as a result, technology leaders are hard-pressed to create cyber-safe work-from-home environments. Organizations must quickly identify and treat new cybersecurity risks introduced by the newly formed remote workforce.

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  • The HITRUST Shared Responsibility Matrix – the Assessor’s Point of View

    Mark Weech, Director, Healthcare Certification, Coalfire

    HITRUST® announced the availability of the new Shared Responsibility Program and MatrixTM Version 1.0 to help communicate and assign security and privacy responsibilities between cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers. Coalfire is proud that we helped develop the Matrix as part of the Shared Responsibilities Working Group and we appreciate the opportunity to offer some thoughts from the assessor’s perspective.

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  • With IoT, Common Devices Pose New Threats

    Dan McInerney, Senior Security Consultant, Coalfire

    For Instance… Hackers Setting Your 3D Printer on Fire

    The world is careening toward the reality that almost all electronics in your home and business are connected to the internet. Many of these devices contain things like heating elements, batteries, and motors that are entirely software-controlled. Do you… trust them? Coalfire decided to see how low the barrier was for hackers to attempt to cause life-threatening harm by weaponizing one of today’s increasingly common and cheap devices. In this three-part blog post, we will identify the target, uncover challenges, and hopefully answer our query above.

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  • Security Considerations for the Social Distancing Era?

    Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    COVID-19 is changing the way nearly all of us work and, for some specialist security operations, this is a real challenge. For others, it’s an excellent opportunity to add value to the business for when the economy starts to recover.

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  • What Will Happen to My ISO Certificate During a Global Pandemic?

    David Forman, Managing Principal, Coalfire ISO, Inc.

    As the coronavirus outbreak continues and safety concerns relating to travel and large group meetings increase globally, Coalfire ISO (“CFISO”) has been monitoring the effects of this crisis on both its customers and its employees. As a certification body, CFISO maintains accreditation with both the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Both governing bodies have been proactive in their responses to this developing worldwide event and have issued guidance to certification bodies referenced below.

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