Author: Alexander Wise

PCI DSS Cybersecurity Requirements: A Practical Guide

What Is PCI DSS Compliance?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards that apply to any organization that processes, accepts, stores, or transmits credit card payments. The PCI DSS was established by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), a group of payment card companies, to ensure that all companies that handle credit card information do so securely and responsibly. (more…)

Lessons Learned in 2022 About Cybersecurity for 2023 and Beyond

With cybersecurity awareness month upon us and 2023 just around the corner, it’s time to take stock and revisit how the cybersecurity landscape has changed and developed throughout 2022. For example, as we enter a post-covid world, only now are we seeing the true impact of the pandemic on the cybersecurity industry. (more…)

Windows Server 2022 Is Now Available on the Atlantic.Net Cloud

The Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform (ACP) now supports Windows Server 2022. You can spin up a Windows Server 2022 instance right now at (more…)

Top SEO Tools

With no shortage of SEO tools on the market, choosing the right one can be a bit of a headache. A powerful SEO tool can help you to optimize and simplify your SEO efforts, driving traffic to your site and increasing your revenue. However, with each tool geared towards a specific type of SEO use case, it is important that you choose the right one for your needs. Some tools can really help an SEO novice to delve into the complex and daunting world of SEO, while others are designed to be used by SEO experts.

Here, we will highlight a selection of some of the top SEO tools currently available on the market and highlight whether these are suitable for beginners or experts. If your budget is limited, we have also included some tools that are free to use. (more…)

Should You Choose an AMD or Intel-Based Dedicated Server?

Many choices need to be considered when selecting a dedicated server hosting solution. One of the most basic questions to consider is what type of CPU best fits your needs and business objectives. The CPUs powering the servers you select can have an impact on your ability to address your expected workload. (more…)

Post-Pandemic: Top Cybersecurity Threats to Healthcare Security

How have cybersecurity threats changed during the pandemic? Last year started slowly in terms of cyberattacks, with fewer incidents reported in January than in previous years. Then, that all changed suddenly in February and March 2020 at the height of pandemic lockdowns. There was an unprecedented rise in hacking and malicious activity online during this time. Reports from businesses and cybersecurity experts continued to climb, reaching a three-fold spike in April compared to previous years. (more…)

What is Required for HIPAA Compliant Software?

When choosing which software to use for their business, healthcare organizations must assess whether the software is HIPAA compliant. Many software providers meet HIPAA Security Rule requirements by implementing safeguards to keep patient data secure. However, there’s more to HIPAA-compliant software than security. There are certain requirements that must be met by software providers before they can be considered HIPAA compliant. (more…)

PCI Compliance in the Cloud: Challenges and Key Requirements

What is PCI Compliance in the Cloud?

PCI-DSS (the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of security requirements designed and enforced by major credit card brands. The standards apply to anyone who stores or processes cardholder data. (more…)

Should You Hire a Chief Compliance Officer?

Regulatory compliance is a major issue for the information technology (IT) departments of many organizations. Failure to meet the standards required to protect sensitive personal or financial data can lead to substantial monetary fines and an associated drop in customer confidence. Data breaches affecting critical industries such as healthcare continue to occur at an alarming rate, putting additional emphasis on the protection of sensitive data resources.


How to Effectively Establish HIPAA and PCI-DSS Regulatory Compliance

HIPAA and PCI-DSS are two sets of regulatory guidelines that govern the way an organization handles certain types of data. This includes how data is saved, used, and accessed by enterprise information technology (IT) systems. Failure to conform to the appropriate regulations puts data resources at risk and can lead to substantial financial penalties along with long-term negative repercussions to a business’s reputation.

When contracting with a web hosting provider, you need to know if you are bound by either or both guidelines and if your vendor offers compliant systems and storage. Fortunately, Atlantic.Net is compliant and audited for HIPAA, HITECH, and PCI-DSS requirements and maintains SOC2 and SOC3 certifications that are performed by a third party to verify Atlantic.Net’s compliance. (more…)