Press Release

Coalfire Security Pros Named to HITRUST® Assessor Council

March 3, 2020

Multi-Industry Assurance Programs Build Expertise, Streamline Compliance


WESTMINSTER, CO – March 3, 2020 – Coalfire, a provider of cybersecurity advisory and assessment services, announced today that two of its healthcare security specialists, Zach Shales and Arthur Staff, were appointed to the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) CSF® Assessor Council. The Coalfire representatives will provide guidance, insight, and expertise related to the HITRUST CSF®, supporting its objective to help organizations across all industries comply with multiple regulations. Coalfire is one of only 14 firms appointed to HITRUST’s new External Assessor category where the new members will serve two-year terms.

“We’re honored to be selected, and excited about the opportunity to contribute to building the standards of excellence that HITRUST brings to our profession, our clients, and to public and private organizations across all industries,” said Staff, principal with Coalfire’s Healthcare Assurance Services.

As one of the original HITRUST CSF Assessor firms, Coalfire’s Staff and Shales will continue the company’s legacy as a trusted resource, advising on uniformity and discipline issues around assessment execution, and helping clients optimize their HITRUST assurance and certification programs.

“Providing value around assessment quality and consistency, gleaned from almost 10 years of helping clients with their HITRUST programs, can help with the continued adoption of the framework,” said Shales, director, Healthcare Certification with Coalfire. “We look forward to collaborating with other assessor firms, while being a voice for our customers and the industry.” He further explained how the Assessor Council is organized, its mission, and how quality remains Job One in an article he wrote about the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program. For more information about Coalfire and HITRUST services, click here:

About Coalfire

Coalfire is the trusted 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 nearly 20 years and has offices throughout the United States and Europe. 


Since it was founded in 2007, HITRUST has championed programs that safeguard sensitive information and manage information risk for organizations across all industries and throughout the third-party supply chain. In collaboration with privacy, information security and risk management leaders from the public and private sectors, HITRUST develops, maintains, and provides broad access to its widely adopted common risk and compliance management frameworks as well as related assessment and assurance methodologies.

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