We have recently been seeing a great deal of interest among our cloud hosting customers and prospects in security and compliance, in particular HIPAA and PCI requirements. The recent revelation that 80 Million healthcare-related records were stolen from Anthem should only increase this interest! The important thing to remember is that while security and compliance are not the same thing, they have a purpose in common: safeguarding your business and its customers from threats to data security and application uptime.
In addition to requiring best practices for securing your application and your clients’ data, compliance regulations are focused on reputation and responsibility, allowing you to build a reputation for security that allows clients and partners to trust you. It also helps to assign responsibility in the event of a security breach, since the regulatory agency requiring your compliance certification is usually empowered to fine you or shut down your application/web site if it can be shown that the break-in resulted from being out of compliance with the associated requirements.
ENKI can help to ensure the security of your cloud hosting while providing many of the necessary building blocks for meeting compliance requirements. Unfortunately no hosting provider can guarantee that your business is fully compliant with HIPAA or PCI because the requirements extend beyond just the hosting to your application code and company internal processes. However, ENKI's cloud infrastructure and consulting services eliminate much of the complexity and required knowledge in making sure that your hosted application is compliant.
Security need not be expensive: data encryption can be deployed for as little $40 per server and will prevent the damage Anthem experienced recently, especially since our SecurVault encryption manages your keys so that they're not stored on your servers.
We have found that the bulk of our compliance clients can benefit from our security and compliance expertise; many have come to us with serious but easily-addressed security holes that we’ve been able to close with our services. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some blog articles about the technical countermeasures that ENKI offers to protect your data and applications.
Please contact us for a free evaluation of your HIPAA or PCI hosting needs.
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