In late 2018, Marriott informed the world that around 500 million of its customers had lost information to cyber thieves from 2014-2018. This data breach was large and went undetected for four years. Their information needed to be more secure and not as easily accessible. Other massive data breaches have affected millions of people and cost companies millions of dollars in lawsuits, all because they had a weakness in their security that hackers were able to exploit. One way to help prevent data breaches is by selecting a secure data center to store your data.
When you're searching for a data center to house your business's critical information, make sure the data center is compliant with your industry. You alone are responsible for ensuring your business data is secure at all times, so it's vital to be discerning when choosing where that data is stored.
If you're in Florida areas such as Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, or Daytona Beach, here are reasons why you should be searching for a data center that meets compliance standards.
What Exactly Is Compliance & Why Is it Important
Compliance standards, also referred to as data center security standards, help ensure that data centers are using best practices for data protection. Standards vary between the different types, but there are several types of compliance that data centers can be audited and assessed for to prove that they are secure enough to store various types of data.
Different Types of Compliance Apply to Various Industries
Certain customers and/or certain types of data must meet legal requirements with regard to security and protection, and those customers and data require data centers that provide that security and meet other operational requirements for these customers to meet their legal requirements. At Colo Solutions, we have different types of compliance, such as:
- SOC 2 Type II
- PCI DSS 3.2
What Does SOC 2 Type II Mean?
SOC is an acronym that stands for system and organization controls. These controls are standards that were created to measure how a data center regulates information. Knowing a data center has passed the SOC audit procedure provides peace of mind to its customers. SOC 2 has five trust principles that control information:
- Processing Integrity
To obtain this certification, security policies and procedures must be established and adhered to. Continuous security monitoring alerts us instantly to any unusual activity, and a detailed auditing process is required for SOC 2 compliance regulations.
We Follow HIPAA Best Practices
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is set up to protect healthcare data, and we follow all HIPAA best practices. Healthcare data is sensitive and must be safe from hacker attacks since it contains medical history and patient information. HIPAA also regulates the type of technology used to store that data, as outdated technology can be a weakness that hackers can easily exploit. To protect electronic health records (EHRs), there are technical, physical, and administrative safeguards required for HIPAA compliance:
- Access control
- Audit control
- Integrity control
- Transmission security
- Limited facility access
- Device security
- Security management process
- Security personnel
- Information access management system
- Employee training and management
- Evaluation of policies and procedures
HIPAA applies to health insurance providers, billing services, healthcare providers, and business associates. HIPAA compliance audits are long and thorough, which means any data center that is HIPAA-compliant has gone through a rigorous process to ensure their facility and equipment are secure and maintained.
PCI DSS 3.2 Helps Protect Safety of Online Transactions
PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This process helps make sure that online transactions on a website are protected and it was developed by a security standards council with members from American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and more. The standards are continuously evaluated so they can help maintain and improve the safety and security of online transactions and payments. Recently, PCI DSS 3.2 was released in order to update issues with mobile payments.
At Colo Solutions, we maintain all aspects necessary for these compliance standards so our customers know we have stringent security measures in place.
Are you looking for a data center in central Florida that adheres to strict compliance standards? Call us today.
If you're in need of a data center that's physically secure and secure from Internet attacks as well in central Florida, Colo Solutions is the best choice for you. We adhere to strict compliance standards and offer the highest-quality service for companies in Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, and more. Call us today at (407) 210-2480 to learn more about our data services.