Encryption has been widely talked about as one of the best tools to protect you against potential attacks on your data. For many companies processing credit card payments, encrypting data is required for compliance with standards such as PCI DSS and individual state laws. But if you’re in the healthcare industry, it’s even more important because it’s not required for hipaa compliance. What is encryption? It takes your data and codes it using a series of mathematical formulas to render …

What is continuous data protection?

Posted on February 2, 2016 by

In today’s faster-than-ever-paced world, it’s becoming more and more important for businesses to have all the technology they need at their fingertips in order to survive. In the event of a disaster especially, if organizations want to offset their losses, they need to be able to access and recover their data and infrastructure as quickly as possible. Continuous data protection can help with this. True continuous data protection (CDP) is real time replication of data as it is being written …

We all know the importance of disaster recovery as it relates to business continuity and HIPAA compliance. However, there is a lot more to disaster recovery, and not all recovery options are created equal. Different kinds of disaster recovery are dependent on the needs of your business. In this post, we’ll talk about how the speed at which you need to recover your data and infrastructure affects your recovery site options and cost. When it comes to the speed of recovering …

There are many aspects of complying with HIPAA regulations, and all are equally important to avoid facing the stiff penalties that come as a result of any violations. In addition to technical and physical safeguards for your PHI, the administrative safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule require a contingency plan. This is comprised of a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedures as well as application and data criticality analysis. We’ll discuss how …

As we’ve discussed previously, there are many parts to a Business Continuity Plan, but what makes IT disaster recovery such an important subset? For starters, many businesses are relying more and more on IT infrastructure as they become more digitized. They need connectivity, networks, and servers. Some of these companies are being forced to recognize the growing trend to move everything to the cloud, such as the healthcare industry, where HIPAA compliance requires everyone to have an electronic health record as …

Picture this: Your business requires the medical and payment data of three million people, one-third of whom are Medicare recipients. Because of this, you have a big red bullseye painted on your infrastructure and all sorts of seedy characters want access to that information, either for themselves or to sell in the dark underbelly of the internet. “Don’t worry,” you say, “we’re protecting that data.” You have a security infrastructure in place, so you figure everything is fine. But how …

On Dec. 23, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law tax-reform legislation that gives data centers in Michigan exemption on sales and use taxes. The tax breaks are contingent on the data center industry collectively creating 400 new jobs by 2022 and 1,000 by 2026. The law specifies the sale and use of data center equipment, and includes computers, servers, and routers, as well as any related equipment used to build a data center in Michigan. It does not include third-party equipment …

Critical reasons to value your data

Posted on January 12, 2016 by

Let’s talk about your personal belongings for a second. When you apply for homeowner’s insurance, you’re asked to value your property. How much is your computer worth?  All of those tools you have tucked away in the garage? What about your wardrobe? Kitchen supplies, furniture and so on also must be taken into account. The reason is obvious of course: If someone were to steal them, you can file a claim and get reinbursed based on the value of your possessions. …

Business continuity is a term that’s growing in popularity in risk management circles, but what does it mean exactly? The following is a list of common questions about business continuity and how it affects an organization and the people within it. What is business continuity? If we break down the word, continuity is defined by Merriam Webster as “the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes: a continuous quality.” Business continuity takes that definition and applies it …

Get your IT security budget approved

Posted on December 29, 2015 by

Managing an IT security budget effectively is getting more and more complex every year. The pressure for showing return on every IT spend is as strong as ever, and cybersecurity budgets are not immune to those pressures.  Understanding how to include a return calculation in that cyber security budget pitch can make or break the approval. The challenge begins when you request badly needed increases in cyber security only to be told, “There were no incidents last year, so why …

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