Disaster Recovery

HIPAA Compliant Backup: What Are HIPAA’s Online Data Backup and Retention Requirements?

Richard Bailey September 24, 2019 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its subsequent amendments were enacted into law to protect patient healthcare data, also known as Protected Health Information (PHI); HIPAA protections also apply to Electronic Health Records (EHR) – PHI stored on computers. Managed service providers who maintain HIPAA compliance must adhere to several stringent regulations which are designed to limit the exposure of confidential or sensitive patient information from unauthorized access.

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What Are the HIPAA Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Requirements?

To comply with HIPAA, healthcare companies and their business associates must formulate a robust contingency plan in case of an event that disrupts operations. These plans have smaller component plans such as a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) and an Emergency Operations Mode Plan. This business continuity strategy requires healthcare organizations to be capable of recovering critical IT systems that handle Electronic Patient Health Information (ePHI) into a disaster recovery location while ensuring critical business functions continue in the event of a crisis.

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The Importance of Disaster Recovery In the Midst of a Natural Disaster

Kent Roberts January 15, 2019 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments

You may see natural disasters on TV or read about them but not completely understand the vulnerability associated with this issue. Actually, the risk is almost throughout the industry.

More than half of organizations (58%) are not ready for a major loss of data. Actually, the extent to which firms are unprepared is very worrisome: 60% will go bankrupt within 6 months, according to data from Washington, DC-based research firm Clutch. Also according to the statistics compiled by Clutch, cloud backup is on the rise, with:

  • 84% of the organizations that have already adopted cloud backup having implemented both on-premises and cloud backups;
  • 68% of cloud backup business customers testing their backups at least once per month; and
  • 78% of small businesses planning to use cloud-hosted backup by 2020.

To set aside the specific technology of cloud backup, the need for disaster recovery is clear from the data on the business impact of large data losses. Since it is possible to have a disaster completely take you by surprise, and to in turn lose thousands or millions operationally and economically, it is a basic business need to have a disaster recovery plan implemented.

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RTO vs RPO

All businesses should have a business continuity plan (BCP), especially companies that rely on IT infrastructure to support or operate their business model. A business continuity plan is a predefined business process created to document and demonstrate the planning undertaken to prevent a disaster scenario occurring.  The BCP also documents and demonstrates the process of how a business will recover from a declared disaster scenario. The disaster could be caused by any number of scenarios; typical causes may be user error, hardware failure or a natural disaster.

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What Is a DDoS Attack?

Matthew Watts September 23, 2015 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments
Target Audience

This article is aimed at non-expert computer users (without a background in network or systems administration).

Introduction

DDoS stands for “Distributed Denial of Service” and, naturally enough, is a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The basic aim of a DoS attack is to render a virtual private server, PC or network resource inaccessible or unusable–denying service to anyone trying to access it. It is a malicious attack designed to cause maximum inconvenience.

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How to Install OpenVAS Vulnerability Scanner on CentOS 7

Introduction

This how-to will guide you on installing OpenVAS (Open Vulnerability Assessment System) on CentOS 7. The OpenVAS application is free and open source vulnerability scanner and vulnerability management solution. With the significant Vulnerabilities that have come out recently it is a good idea to have a scanner that can detect vulnerabilities on the systems that you manage.

Prerequisites

A server with CentOS 7 installed.  If you do not have a server, why not fire up an extremely fast SSD cloud server from Atlantic.Net

Install OpenVAS Vulnerability Scanner on CentOS 7

We first need to install the Atomic repo with the following command:

wget -q -O - http://www.atomicorp.com/installers/atomic | sh

NOTE: If wget is not installed, install it with the following command:

yum install wget

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Atlantic.Net Cloud – Do You Offer Data Backup For My Cloud Server

Ariel Beltre July 14, 2015 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments
Verified and Tested 04/20/2015

Introduction

Daily server backups are available and can be enabled via the Atlantic.net cloud control panel during the initial provisioning of a cloud server. The cost for this service is an additional 20% of the server’s hourly price. Go server backups are $1 per month. Snapshot backups of the server will be taken on a daily basis, and retained in our systems for 30 days. Backup restores can be initiated from within the cloud control panel.  In this brief article we will explain how to enable backups for your cloud server.

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How to Protect Your Server From the Shellshock Bash Bug

Atlantic.Net NOC February 5, 2015 by under Disaster Recovery 0 Comments
Verified and Tested 02/17/2015

Introduction

This guide will cover how to check and fix your server if you are vulnerable to the Shellshock Bash bug.
The Shellshock Bash bug effects ‘nix based operating systems, which allows attackers to remotely run commands on the server gaining unauthorized access to the server and further exploiting the server.
This guide will show you how to test, and fix your server if it is vulnerable.

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