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The long-awaited final modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Rules were introduced recently. The 563-word document outlines the changes that were initially slated for implementation last summer, also known as the final omnibus rule.
A solid backup and disaster recovery plan is essential to long-term Michigan business success - in the event of a disaster, your business can't afford to lose valuable data and applications. As critical functions of our businesses rely heavily on the Internet and applications to operate on a day-to-day basis, a disaster recovery plan is also critical to maintaining the availability of websites and entire network systems.
A Search Cloud security article recently claimed that “cloud transparency continues to be the single biggest issue hindering adoption of cloud-based services” when it comes to maintaining PCI DSS compliance in the cloud. The article said, “merchants still face a wall when trying to gain visibility into cloud providers’ systems and processes.”
If your company collects, transmits, stores or processes credit cardholder data, you will need to create a PCI DSS Report on Compliance at least annually for on-site assessments or self-reporting questionnaires. To sustain ongoing compliance after the initial point-in-time assessment, your company needs to design and implement a set of controls specific to PCI and security.
One of the main concerns with cloud computing is security – when it comes to national industry security compliance standards such as PCI DSS or HIPAA, additional precautions must be taken in order to protect confidential data during transmission. While PCI compliance calls for very specific requirements to protect customer cardholder data, it is possible to remain compliant while using the cloud.
With the confusion regarding what audits and auditor reports apply to certain aspects of data center standards, I felt the need to create a basic data center/hosting solution audit cheat sheet to simplify matters. Here’s your comprehensive guide to data center audits and reports.
Are you on the hook to undergo a HIPAA audit, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Online Tech recently passed our annual HIPAA audit of our Michigan data centers, giving us the ability to offer HIPAA compliant hosting solutions to healthcare organizations that need to pass HIPAA audits of their own.
There are a lot of benefits with cloud computing – cost-effective resource use, rapid provisioning, scalability and elasticity. One of the most significant advantages to cloud computing is how it changes disaster recovery, making it more cost-effective and lowering the bar for enterprises to deploy comprehensive DR plans for their entire IT infrastructure.
Are you hesitant about adopting cloud computing services into your IT infrastructure? You are not alone. Data security is the leading concern for IT professionals when it comes to cloud computing. Services like Amazons EC2 are simply not equipped to address the security and privacy needs of data-sensitive organizations.
We've worked closely with SaaS companies looking to achieve the advantages and cost savings that come from partnering with a premier Managed Data Center operator. Based on that experience, here are seven essential tips any SaaS company should be aware of before making a final selection.
We compare the costs of leveraging a managed server solution over leasing a server that impacts the total cost of ownership (TCO).
A company’s IT infrastructure can be considered the glue that holds a company together, which is why it is crucial to the success of a business that it runs smoothly. A managed colocation data center can deliver a distinct advantage because of the immense benefits that go along with outsourcing part, or all, of a company’s IT infrastructure.
After reading an article by Penny Crosman in the “Wall Street & Technology Reports” January 2009 edition about monitoring servers in a remote data center, a few thoughts on the importance of remote server monitoring were provoked.
A private cloud computing platform is a stack of network, server and storage hardware dedicated to you for the purpose of cloud computing. When a managed cloud computing service is utilized, the stack of hardware becomes a customizable cloud of computing and storage resources that can be configured and re-configured when and as you wish.
We have all heard the horror stories of simple mistakes that lead to costly business disasters. It seems like every day on the news we hear about the next recall or outage that leads to the need for public relations to clean up the mess. More often than not, the damage is too great to overcome and that company which suffered the IT disaster is unable to recover.
One of the biggest IT buzz words of the few years, ‘cloud computing’ has brought incredible promise to the world of information technology. Cloud computing interest has lead to widespread curiosity and awareness of public cloud services.
Private cloud computing offers a number of significant advantages – including lower costs, faster server deployments, and higher levels of resiliency. What is often over looked is how the Private Cloud can dramatically changes the game for IT disaster recovery in terms of significantly lower costs, faster recovery times, and enhanced testability.
The Private Cloud Challenge: Where to Start?
While the concept of the private cloud is new to the world of Information Technology, it is not uncommon for companies to now fully realize the benefits of moving off of traditional server infrastructure to one that provides the flexibility and redundancy of the private cloud.
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