IT Executives’ Top Concerns about Hybrid Cloud Computing

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security

Although IT executives like the benefits of hybrid clouds, they also have concerns about application and data security. IDG Research found 47% of IT executives are considering investing in hybrid clouds, because they can scale up or down quickly based on bandwidth needs. However, they’re also very concerned about hybrid cloud security issues like data loss or leakage (78%), insecure interfaces and APIs (77%), and account or service hijacking (76%) .

To get an insider’s view about these issues, we interviewed Cortney Thompson, Green House Data Chief Technical Officer for his thoughts.

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HIPAA and Healthcare Cloud Infographic

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, May 6th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, HIPAA Compliance, Security

We frequently talk about HIPAA compliance and how that affects healthcare organizations as they migrate to cloud-based infrastructure. This infographic gives some more details about what electronic health records are used for, what patients want from ePHI, the most common types of breaches and ways to secure health data.

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4 Encryption Best Practices for a Cloud Environment

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 24th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, HIPAA Compliance, Security

Encryption is an important safeguard to protect sensitive data that’s stored and processed through the cloud. Encryption protects outgoing data so it’s not vulnerable to being read once it’s outside your network. It also satisfies compliance and regulatory standards like HIPAA and PCI DSS and is an essential tool for protecting information used with popular SaaS applications like Salesforce.com.  Even with a highly-secure data center, the protection of important information is a shared responsibility between your service provider and your IT team. Get started by implementing these four encryption best practices for a cloud environment:

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