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PCI Compliant Hosting Requirements: 12-Point Checklist

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council develops standards that outline the proper protection of data in today’s security climate. These specifications form the basis of PCI compliant hosting requirements. Compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is necessary for merchants and other entities that process payment cards, transmit that data, or store it.

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The Need for WordPress Migration Plugins

Derek Wiedenhoeft December 14, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In the 21st century – the Age of Information – most processes, products, and methods today are built to make technology intuitive for users. Modern hardware and software require minimal user intervention. However, somehow, even after 14 years, WordPress has resisted certain intuitive, user-friendly changes. WordPress migrations, in particular, have faced this criticism.

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HIPAA vs. HIPPA

HIPPA compliance? No, HIPAA compliance.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPPA is simply a typo. Probably in part because English would typically put two Ps together in the middle of a word (think oppose or appear), HIPAA is often wrongly spelled as HIPPA. It really is extremely difficult to remember how to spell HIPAA, and it is certainly easy to write the acronym incorrectly if you are moving quickly. This article explores topics related to the misspelled form HIPPA, partially as entertainment. It concludes with a brief outline of HIPAA and the Security Rule, more serious considerations.

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What is ISO 27001 Compliance as it Relates to Cloud or Dedicated Hosting?

Derek Wiedenhoeft December 11, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

The year was 1946. Experts from 25 nations convened in London to talk about the breathtakingly pragmatic topic of international standardization. Professionals from myriad fields were getting together to figure out how a common language of quality control, related to how products were manufactured and services provided, could be spoken across continents with ease.

Many people yawn when the topic of compliance is introduced (due to its often dense technicality, its obsessive exactitude related to clarity of specifications, its perception as a snooze-worthy topic, its connection to federal regulations, etc.). Because many view compliance with boredom or indifference, it may be seen as unimportant, but we’re going to take a moment to appreciate how helpful compliance is.

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

Adnan Raja December 8, 2017 by under Cloud 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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Why Choose Atlantic.Net Over the Big Guys

Jennifer Rey November 30, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Our knowledge and available time drive our choices. For example, suppose you have a leaky faucet. Should you call a handyman or fix it yourself? If you feel comfortable with plumbing, know how things work inside a faucet, and have the time, you’ll probably go to your nearest big box hardware store, buy a few parts, and fix the faucet yourself. On the other hand, if you don’t know anything about faucets, or if you don’t have time to do the repair yourself, you’ll probably call a handyman. Your knowledge about how faucets work and how much time you have drive your decision about how to fix your leaky faucet.

When it comes to cloud hosting, these factors also apply. If you know a lot about cloud hosting or have people who can manage things for you, selecting a do-it-yourself cloud hosting provider like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute Engine might be a good option for you. However, if you don’t know a lot about cloud hosting or don’t have the time or people to take care of it, you’ll probably look for a cloud hosting provider who can set you up with the right solution and then make sure it stays up and running.

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How to Prevent a Cyber Attack

Adnan Raja November 29, 2017 by under Managed 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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