Press Release

Coalfire Announces HITRUST Community Extension Program Coming to Seattle and Denver

September 21, 2017

Program promotes education and collaboration on healthcare risk management and cybersecurity through community outreach

Westminster, CO – September 21, 2017 – Coalfire, a trusted provider of independent, comprehensive cybersecurity advisory services, announced today that the HITRUST Community Extension Program is coming to Seattle, Wash. on Sept. 29, 2017 and Denver, Colo. on Oct. 6, 2017. Coalfire will partner with Microsoft for the event in Seattle, and Centura Health for the event in Denver.

Coordinated by HITRUST, facilitated by Coalfire, and hosted by Microsoft and Centura Health, the no-cost town hall meetings will provide healthcare organizations an opportunity to engage with local peers to discuss the challenges, best practices and lessons learned in effectively implementing a risk management program and improving cybersecurity practices by leveraging the HITRUST CSF, HITRUST Cyber Threat Sharing and Response, and other HITRUST programs.

“The event gives us the opportunity to collaborate with healthcare organizations about how they can improve the resilience of their risk management and compliance programs,” said Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Healthcare and Life Sciences, at Coalfire.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Structuring and implementing an information risk management program
  • Considerations in implementing the HITRUST CSF
  • Leveraging the HITRUST CSF to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Considerations regarding a HITRUST CSF Assessment and reporting options
  • Leveraging the HITRUST Cyber Threat Catalogue
  • Implementing a third-party assurance program and effective vendor risk management
  • How to align information risk management and cyber insurance programs
  • Engaging in cyber information sharing and how it supports cyber threat management regardless of size or cyber maturity

“We are very excited to be launching this new program and furthering HITRUST’s engagement with local communities,” said Michael Parisi, Vice President, Assurance Strategy and Community Development at HITRUST. “This program provides significant value by allowing organizations to engage with and learn from others in the community about how they approach the challenges related to managing risk and controlling compliance costs while effectively implementing a strong security posture and defending against cyber threats.”

With the persistence of cyber-related threats, healthcare organizations are striving not just to enhance and improve their information risk management, regulatory compliance and cyber resilience programs, but to do so in an efficient and effective manner. Because the HITRUST CSF, CSF Assessment and Cyber Threat Sharing and Response programs are so widely adopted and are key components of many organization and third-party vendor strategies, this program will aid in streamlining adoption and promoting greater collaboration between organizations across the country. In addition, CSF assessors like Coalfire will be leveraged as resources across the country and will enable more ongoing community collaboration.

For more information about the Community Extension Program, or to register, visit the Seattle event page here, and the Denver event page here.

More town hall events are happening in 50 cities within communities across the U.S. with more added based on demand over the next 12 months. Information on the other Community Extension Program dates and locations can be found here.


Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information.

HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks and related assessment and assurance methodologies, as well as programs supporting cyber sharing, analysis and resilience. HITRUST also leads many efforts in advocacy, awareness and education relating to information protection.

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About Coalfire

Coalfire is the cybersecurity advisor that helps private and public sector organizations avert threats, close gaps and effectively manage risk. By providing independent and tailored advice, assessments, technical testing and cyber engineering services, we help clients develop scalable programs that improve their security posture, achieve their business objectives and fuel their continued success. Coalfire has been a cybersecurity thought leader for more than 16 years, and has offices throughout the United States and Europe.

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Mike Gallo
For Coalfire