Press Release

HITRUST<sup>®</sup> Appoints Coalfire to CSF Assessor Council

January 22, 2018

Program promotes education and collaboration on risk management and cybersecurity


Westminster, CO – Jan. 22, 2018 –Coalfire, a trusted provider of independent, comprehensive cybersecurity advisory services, announced today that Andrew Hicks and Abe Dress were appointed to the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council. The Council includes members from 12 CSF Assessor organizations to help ensure the HITRUST CSF® Assurance program’s integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency. This is the second time Coalfire has been appointed to the Council.

“It’s an honor to be appointed to the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council again,” said Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal of Coalfire’s Healthcare & Life Sciences practice and appointee of the Council. "My colleague, Abe Dress, and I look forward to adding our knowledge and perspectives from six years of experience as an assessor firm to the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program, and being a voice for our customers, the industry and other assessor firms.”

Hicks will also be serving on the 2018 Quality Subcommittee, which will meet periodically with HITRUST Chief Compliance Officer, to ensure that the standard of excellence is upheld in each submitted HITRUST assessment and certification. The committee consists of five selected members.

Coalfire has completed numerous HITRUST CSF-related engagements for organizations ranging from small business associates to large health systems since becoming a HITRUST CSF-Approved Assessor firm in 2011. Coalfire’s effective methodology helps businesses achieve the benefits of the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program while also decreasing project risk throughout the HITRUST CSF certification process. Given Coalfire’s comprehensive experience with the HITRUST CSF framework, the company’s extensive HITRUST CSF assessment, advisory and certification services will:

  • Assist organizations in identifying and remediating control gaps and deficiencies to optimize maturity and scoring.
  • Provide recommendations for implementation of an industry-accepted baseline of security requirements.
  • Help organizations with the HITRUST MyCSF self-assessment process.
  • Decrease risk and compliance exposure across numerous regulations (state and federal), standards and frameworks.
  • Increase assurance of data protection with third parties.
  • Offer continuous monitoring services built into the HITRUST program.

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For more information on how to select a HITRUST CSF Approved Assessor firm, click here: How to Choose a HITRUST Assessor Firm: Best-Practice Screenings from Healthcare Organizations Just Like Yours.


Founded in 2007, HITRUST Alliance is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to champion 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 both the public and private sectors, HITRUST® develops, maintains and provides broad access to its widely adopted common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks; related assessment and assurance methodologies; and initiatives advancing cyber sharing, analysis and resilience. HITRUST actively participates in many efforts in government advocacy, community building and cybersecurity education. For more information, visit

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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For Coalfire