Top 5 HIPAA Security Risks As Providers Migrate to the Cloud The HIPAA and HITECH Acts made a huge splash in the healthcare industry as organizations were forced to adapt new safeguards for protected health information, especially in regards to electronic medical records (EMRs). As hospitals migrate to electronic patient health information (ePHI), they must maintain compliance whether they use in-house servers or cloud hosting solutions. With organizations required to report breaches affecting 500 or more patients since the final compliance date of 2006, there’s been some time to collect data. Based on the official breach reports from 2009 to mid-April 2013, here are the top
Cloud Storage Security Controls Ask anyone who has fought in a war and they will tell you it’s an experience you can’t emulate. Many people have seen the eyes of their enemies as they fight. But what happens when your enemy is a thousand miles away, yet has all the information they need to know about you; location, strength, response time etc. The world is run on information. Little 1’s and 0’s sent to the right place can do a lot more damage sometimes than any gun. And it is becoming obvious that the information we keep on our computers
Solving Problems On The Cloud Part 3: Overcoming Unhealthy Fixations One example of an unhealthy fixation is the 2012 survey by Security Alliance who learned that the top threat listed by survey participants is data loss. Of course security risks on the cloud cannot be ignored but clearly this problem is hugely overstated. Why executives and retail consumers, who lose everything from their car keys to their hard earned cash, (not to mention their own data mishaps) are so concerned about the cloud is more than fearing a loss of control. These individuals are struggling with what Gestalt psychologists refer
Accessing the Real Risk of Cloud Computing: Is the Sky is Falling or are the Failures a Blip on the Radar Screen? It’s interesting to follow the big money that big companies are spending. It’s a lot like watching a huge ocean liner set sail for exotic places or a stretch limousine glide though town. These oddities can’t help but be seen but I often wonder if anyone is really watching. According to a Wall Street Journal article from last spring entitled, “The Sun Shines on The Cloud” the research firm IDC reported 16 billion in cloud revenue for 2009
Top Myths About Cloud Computing Cloud computing has been a hot topic during the last few years for technology specialists all over the world. Cloud computing has been adopted by many enterprises, but still challenges continue to rise. With all the articles and documentation on this subject, there are many myths that have developed over time. So here are the most common myths regarding cloud computing: security, data loss and performance. Security is compromised in the cloud Without a doubt, this is the most talked about point. In order to be a successful service provider, cloud providers have to assure
3 Security Principles To Keep Your Cloud Information Secure The increased security risk of having your files and programs on someone else’s server is one of the main reasons why so few people and businesses are making the move to cloud computing. And while hackers serve an essential role of showing programmers the fragile spots in their security systems, it is never a good feeling when they do so by accessing your data. Still, truth be told, many times hackers do not need to crack the security systems of cloud servers,—those are very well protected and have a team of
The Risks Of Moving To The Cloud In the current global economic climate, companies and enterprises are required to migrate to cloud-based deployment models in order reduce costs and become self-sustainable. Post the dot-com bubble, the development of advanced web and storage technologies has been on the ascension. One such revolutionary technology developed post the dot-com era is cloud Computing, which focuses on the deliverance of computing services over the Internet. The highlight characteristic of cloud computing technologies is that they bring about system independence, multi-tenancy, scalability, virtualization, and more. Due to these benefits, companies and organizations are keen on
Customers and the Cloud: What Has It Done for Them Lately? Too often, in my opinion, does the conversation on cloud computing circle around the gurus on the top and the fanboys that chase their coattails. Cloud is no different than any other technological revolution in that it provides a nurturing forum for otherwise outcast yet knowledgeable nerds to unite in esoteric discourse. But people, the nerds aren’t alone in purchasing cloud product. They don’t even comprise the majority of cloud consumption. That distinction falls to that lowly, knowledge-challenged, directionless and impressionable flock of sheep known as the general public.