Author: Adnan Raja

How to make your WordPress site HIPAA-Compliant

To deliver HIPAA compliance within WordPress, the first step is to understand the basics of HIPAA-compliant IT and hosting. Relative to the specific deployment, perform a risk analysis and then build a HIPAA-compliant website in WordPress with five basic concerns in mind.

HIPAA compliance in IT – the basics

Why is this form of compliance needed? Organizations in healthcare and their service providers want to avoid federal fines but also want to generally prevent compromise. Healthcare data breaches increased 40% from 2015 to 2016, so now it is even more critical to pay attention to defenses for your protected health information (PHI) – particularly the electronic protected health information (ePHI) safeguarded within data environments.

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Was Your E-Commerce Hosting ready for the Black Friday Rush?

Adnan Raja December 8, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

In 2016, for the first time in history, Americans spent more money online on Black Friday than they did in retail, avoiding the trampling crowds searching packed department stores for the best deals in retail.

A full 108.5 million customers did their shopping online, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: nearly 10 million more than the 99.1 million that braved the weather and crowds to do their shopping in person.

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How to Prevent a Cyber Attack

Adnan Raja November 29, 2017 by under Managed Server Hosting 0 Comments

One of my favorite movies of the 1980s is “Wargames,” in which a teenage hacker, played by Matthew Broderick, accidentally activates a nuclear defense computer program named ‘Joshua.’ The program contemplates launching the US’ arsenal of nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike against the Soviet Union. With the computer seizing the missile codes, the military officers at NORAD attempt to simply turn the system off to prevent the incursion. When they reboot, Joshua starts right back up again.

Cyber attacks today are just like Joshua – you can’t simply turn off the system and make the threat disappear. You can implement preventative measures into your business’s infrastructure to vastly lower the chance of a cyber attack against your business. Let’s take a deeper dive into those practices after exploring the modern world of the cyber attack.

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Improve HIPAA Compliance with Secure Messaging

Adnan Raja November 7, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

When Congress enacted the Final Omnibus Rule in 2013, many healthcare organizations, doctors and administrators became concerned about how they and their entities would maintain HIPAA compliance. As these individuals soon found out, HIPAA compliance was difficult to implement and maintain. The biggest challenges administrators faced was understanding what HIPAA-compliance meant and realizing what they needed to change in their day-to-day workflow in general and communications, in particular.

The goal of this blog is to bring some clarity to the issues that have arisen around HIPAA compliance for healthcare institutions as well as to highlight how the adoption of secure messaging solutions can improve compliance.

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How to Reduce Your PCI Scope When Accepting Payments

Adnan Raja October 28, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Accepting credit card payments can greatly boost your business’s bottom line, but it comes with an immense responsibility. Anyone paying attention to the news knows how ubiquitous credit card breaches and hacks have become, with Target, Home Depot, and now even Equifax — a premier U.S. credit bureau — falling victim to data breaches that compromise precious cardholder and personal data.

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My business is starting to grow, and my bank says I need PCI compliance – Where do I start?

Adnan Raja October 3, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

PCI compliance is the leading industry standard for secure handling of payment card data, and is generally required for businesses accepting credit, debit or other payment cards, as well as the companies that supply them with services, software and hardware to process those payments.

The Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) was formed in 2006 by five leading credit card companies, and sets security standards which provide the assurance which underpins payment processing arrangements and partnerships. For this reason, it is very common for banks to require businesses to demonstrate PCI compliance when they are handling sensitive customer payment data.

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Cloud Database Hosting for Small Business: Why It’s Ideal

If you’re talking about innovation and competition in the modern economy, you will inevitably wind up talking about the subject of data. It’s no secret that we rely on data for everything whether it be strategy or tactics. This, of course, leads us to the topic of “big data” which for the past decade has been touted as the difference maker in a business’ ability to gain a better understanding of the complex factors, including customer behaviors, that are contributing to a business’ success or even failure.

Of course, simply collecting the data isn’t the whole story. There are infrastructure concerns that need to be met when implementing large databases. You need somewhere to keep your database. Not only that, but the hardware needs to be up to the task of handling the processing power required to run the database and allow it to be accessible. Many small businesses are turning to Cloud Hosting as the solution that fits their needs best.

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Can You Learn HIPAA Compliance in 5 Minutes?

With anything that’s complex and multi-faceted, it is not always easy to explain it to others. Oddly enough, it sometimes seems especially difficult to convey ideas when we are highly trained in the subject. We start to take the broader, basic-to-intermediate knowledge we have for granted, glossing over it as we focus at a higher level. Conversely, when we are learning about something new, it helps when we can get simplified, “boiled-down” essentials without any unnecessary legal jargon or other distractions. Well, here is an attempt to get to the essence, a Quick-Start Guide of sorts for HIPAA compliance that should only take you another 270 seconds or so to read. Forgive the lack of transitions from here forward – nuts and bolts only!

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Study: Cloud Beats Dedicated Systems on Availability

Adnan Raja October 16, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Availability is one of the biggest concerns of information technology chiefs. The NIH ran a study comparing availability of cloud and dedicated machines. Cloud won.

  • Availability Among Top Three CIO Concerns
  • Availability: Cloud Hosting vs. Dedicated Servers
  • Cloud for Fast Processing of Huge Datasets

Availability Among Top Three CIO Concerns

Unfortunately for CIOs, there are many aspects of their role that can be stressful. For a survey featured in CIO magazine in 2015, 276 CIOs and other top IT leaders discussed the elements that can give them the most trouble; and the top three were security, availability, and making the right hires.

Let’s look specifically at the issue of downtime; in other words, the need to optimize availability.

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Why One CIO is Pleased with the Cloud

Adnan Raja September 24, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Like many other top IT executives in the public and private sectors, a CIO at the National Institutes of Health, Alastair Thomson, is guiding his agency’s staff toward the cloud.

  • Science is Getting Bigger
  • Big Data Fueling Push toward Cloud at NHLBI
  • The Power of Invisibility
  • Hello, I’m Available
  • Security as a Priority

Science is Getting Bigger

Science is ballooning. According to two bibliometric researchers, Ruediger Mutz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Lutz Bornmann of Germany’s Max Planck Society, the amount of published science is growing at 8-9% per year. “That equates to a doubling of global scientific output roughly every nine years,” explains the British journal Nature. “Bornmann and Mutz find that global scientific output has probably kept up this dizzying rate of increase since the end of World War II.”

Publication is of course not the only way science is growing, as CIOs at science-oriented organizations are reminded on an everyday basis by the scope of their projects. The data used for research used to be discussed in terms of megabytes, then gigabytes. Today, it’s typical for a project to be working at the level of terabytes or petabytes.

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