Archive for April, 2012

Data Center Quandary: Build or Buy

Build or BuyYou’ve heard of “rich guy problems?” Here’s a rich company problem… do we build a multi-million dollar facility… or take up space in a data center?

Reality is, though, all organizations face this question on some level. You may not build an entire facility, but you still need a computer room… is it something you invest in onsite… or do you go the co-location route?

Let’s take a look at a few of the considerations – whether to build or buy…

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KPMG Engaged for SSAE 16 Readiness Assessment

In its efforts to become compliant with the new “SSAE 16″ standards, SecureData today announced that KPMG has been engaged to complete a readiness assessment of our Canton, OH data center facility.

The auditing firm will review control points, processes, and documentation, and will provide recommendations that will serve as the foundation for SecureData’s efforts to attain compliance with with the industry’s new internationally accepted SSAE 16 SOC 1 standard.  SSAE 16 SOC 1 is the most recent iteration of the former SAS70 standard.  SecureData expects to complete the assessment mid-year, and enter in to our full SSAE 16 review by the end of 2012.

“With SSAE16 replacing SAS 70, we wanted to make sure we were compliant as soon as possible, explains SecureData General Manager Scott Woodbridge. “Achieving compliance demonstrates our commitment to our clients that we support financial reporting obligations.”

SSAE16 compliance ensures proper controls and procedures for SecureData’s:

  • Logical Access and Security
  • Physical Access
  • Environmental Controls
  • Infrastructure Change Management
  • Data Backup
  • Problem and Incident Management

 


Are You Gambling with Your Security?

GamblingIt seems like it happens every week. A new story about how a business or an organization is hacked or loses data for one of many reasons… mostly avoidable.

Don’t get me wrong, it seems that data integrity is getting harder and harder to maintain. As entertaining as the Bourne movies and “24” TV shows are – they do manage to point out a stark reality – you never know when, how, or, why someone may try and mount an attack  on your computer systems… you just know that it will happen, sooner or later.

This time around, it was the State of California that fell victim. The bottom line of this story (click here to read more) is that the names, Social Security numbers and other private records of about 800,000 adults and children went missing. This instance involves a FedEx envelope or box that apparently broke open and 4 cartridges were lost.

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Seven Reasons to Co-locate

People don’t change just for the sake of change. And companies don’t make changes without having a pretty great reason.

Well, as it just so happens, there are 7 primary reasons to consider moving your data center to an offsite provider like SecureData 365.
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