Archive for July, 2013

Why All Clouds Aren’t Created Equal

cloudsThis past week Network World published the Worst Cloud Outages of 2013 (So Far).  It is a stark reminder that just because you’re in the cloud, that doesn’t mean you’re safe, secure, or more efficient.  These “cringe worthy” events remind us as we all clamor to get to the cloud to take great care and get to the right cloud.   Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are all technology behemoths that have failed to avoid outages – so how can you?

Let’s not lose sight of exactly why everyone is flocking to the cloud and the cost savings, efficiencies, productivity enhancements, etc. that it can offer.   But while the cloud can be great for your business, the wrong cloud at a less than secure data center could have dire consequences for your business. One national magazine (as detailed in Cloud Pro) lost 12 years of their article archive. Without warning, the data center pulled the plug and they lost everything.

So when you’re looking to the cloud for storage or hosting, here’s a checklist of considerations:

Is the cloud being backed up? It is great to be diligent about storing your data in the cloud… but what happens if your cloud storage is lost? Is your provider making a backup – just in case?

What is the historic uptime of the cloud service provider? If your business is relying on applications you are moving to the cloud, make sure that the host is always up – and should there be an outage, they have a contingency for keeping your applications running.

Just how secure is your cloud? Make sure you understand how private your private cloud is – your provider should be able to detail the numerous ways in which your information is secured.

How does SecureData 365 deliver cloud services?
We’re already in a position to say not one of our cloud/virtual computing clients has had an outage on an SD365 hosted server – but we’re not resting on our laurels. In the past few months we’ve made significant investments to increase the redundancies of an already redundant data center. Updates in disk trays, adding SDN switching capabilities, as well as redundancy enhancements have all been made to make sure SecureData 365 is your safest option for your cloud solutions. We’d love to show you firsthand how safe, secure, and rock solid the SD365 cloud solutions are, if you would like a tour, please contact us.

SecureData Receives SSAE 16 Certification

Audit Validates SecureData 365 as a Premier Data Center in Ohio

PrintToday SecureData 365 announced it had passed an audit of its systems, processes, and facilities of its Canton data center facilities to achieve SSAE 16 status. In essence, this third party audit endorses SecureData 365 as a safe and secure data center, providing a high level of service, and controls.

Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) is considered the “gold standard” for data centers. Instituted by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in January 2010, SSAE 16 was drafted with the intention and purpose of updating the US service organization reporting standard so that it mirrors and complies with the new international service organization reporting standard.

SecureData 365 management developed control objectives for the significant areas of internal control that support our services.  The control objectives addressed each of the following areas:

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

SecureData 365’s service auditor performed thorough testing of the control activities that have been implemented to help ensure that our control objectives are met.  The service auditor finalized our testing with the following conclusion:

“In our opinion, in all material respects, based on the criteria described in the Company’s assertion:

  1. The description fairly presents the system that was designed and implemented.
  2. The controls related to the control objectives stated in the description were suitably designed to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives would be achieved if the controls operated effectively and user entities applied the complementary user entity controls contemplated in the design of the Company’s controls.
  3. The controls tested, which together with the complementary user entity controls referred to in the report, if operating effectively, were those necessary to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives stated in the description were achieved.”

The SSAE16 SOC1 Type II audit report is designed to provide clients with a certain level of assurance regarding the controls that are maintained by SecureData 365’s management.   SecureData 365’s management understands the increasing importance of corporate governance, as well as the impact of the organization’s services on our clients’ systems.  The successful completion of the audit is only part of SecureData 365’s continued commitment to providing our client’s a high level of service and internal controls.

“It’s a tremendous proof point to achieve this status for an audit period that began on July 1, 2012, when we declared our compliancy with the new SSAE 16 standards” said Michael Campanelli, Vice President at SecureData 365. “We’re able to show an independent audit that validates our service levels as the most reliable, highest service data center in Ohio.”