Tag: SAS 70

We’re in the final vigil for SAS 70. The oxygen has been brought out and the last rites are being given, and while a few data centers are scrambling to get a SAS  70 audit before the bell tolls, on June 15, 2011, SAS 70 will be dead.  Auditors will no longer conduct SAS 70 audits or issue SAS 70 audit reports, as the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs) switches to SSAE 16 and SOC 2/SOC3 reporting. Long Live SOC.  …

Last April, the AICPA announced that SAS 70 was going away, to be replaced by SSAE 16.  Since that time, additional discussion and guidance has resulted in more fine-tuning of the standards.  It turns out that the AICPA has done a lot more than just renumber and reorganize SAS 70.  The Institute has created three new Service Organization Control (SOC) reports intended to provide a framework for CPAs to examine controls at a service organization. SOC 1: SSAE 16 and …

SOC 2 and SOC 3 provide much more stringent audit requirements with a stronger set of controls and requirements specifically designed around data center service organizations.

When you’re choosing a place to colocate your servers, obvious factors like geographic location, redundancy level, and pricing are primary drivers. But don’t forget to ask about the services and features that can make the day-to-day reality of colocating your servers more effective and secure. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference. 1) What documented processes are in place at the data center that you and your own staff will need to know and follow? Is …

With the recent passing of the new HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) act – an addition to pre-existing HIPAA rules and regulations – the stakes for data breaches to private health information are rising.  With possible fines up to 1.5 million and mandatory public disclosure of the breach in some cases, the issues of data security and data encryption are now more important than ever. Recognizing this requirement in data security from their clients, Online Tech recently …

Online Tech announced today that it has successfully completed its SAS 70 (Statement on Auditing Standards number 70) Type II audit for all three of its Michigan data centers. Six months after successfully completing the SAS 70 Type I audit on all of its data centers, Online Tech took another step to ensuring its high quality system availability and security by completing the Type II audit through UHY, LLP. Online Tech is unique in Michigan in that all three of …

To some extent, managed dedicated servers hosted in an outsourced data center have now become a trusted data bank on which the SaaS business model depends. That explains why many SaaS providers are being required to achieve PCI compliance or HIPAA compliance, as well as periodic and detailed audits of their systems, such as a SAS-70 audit. Excerpt from:  e-Tips: Seven Essential Hosting Questions For SaaS Providers.

Announced Yesterday, Online Tech was awarded top position in Top10DedicatedHosting.com’s Top Dedicated Server Awards: Online Tech is a premier Managed Data Center Operator in the Midwestern United States with 15 years of expertise delivering outstanding products and service levels. Online Tech, offers full range of managed colocation, dedicated server hosting and managed servers for clients from around the world. Online Tech has won dozens of awards and has SAS-70 certified servers which have been specifically noted by Top10DedicatedHosting. “This award …

SaaS companies are nervous about getting locked into hosting solutions that restrict their growth and profitability.   Imagine you had to build a store but you’ve no idea if it should be 500 sq feet or the size of two city blocks. It’s very important to select a SaaS hosting provider who has the infrastructure to support your growth and not be a bottleneck. Excerpt from:  e-Tips: Seven Essential Hosting Questions For SaaS Providers.

Many of our clients require SAS 70 because their SaaS products are being delivered to publicly held companies or their customers require SAS 70 as a “good housekeeping” seal of approval. Others look at SAS 70 as a way to validate that the proper physical and electronic security mechanisms are in place to keep their servers and data safe. So a couple of thoughts: 1) From a hosting provider’s perspective, we’ve found SAS 70 to be one of the best …

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