HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

How HIPAA Compliance Affects Employees

Did you know that more than 113 million people were affected by a HIPAA compliance breach in 2015? That’s an increase of 107 million from just five years ago.

Every day, an average of 17,000 patient records are compromised.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (i.e., HIPAA) was enacted to keep people’s personal health information, including medical records and billing information, secure. The rules and regulations are not only notoriously complicated and easy to misunderstand, but they also frequently change. However, feigning ignorance won’t work in your favor.

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HIPAA Compliance for Counseling & Coaching Services

While counseling and coaching services may seem to fall outside of the realm of traditional healthcare, they often fall squarely in the realm of mental health and are therefore subject to HIPAA requirements. Knowing whether these services fall under HIPAA regulations can be tricky, and it’s important to understand your responsibilities in protecting patient health information (PHI).

Below, we explore HIPAA compliance requirements for mental health services, such as coaching and counseling, and how you can ensure compliance.

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Protecting against Intel’s new L1TF speculation vulnerabilities

Intel recently announced a new security vulnerability called L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) that affects all modern Intel processors and the virtual machines running on them.

In short, the L1TF vulnerability in Intel processors can allow a savvy attacker to expose the level-1 cached data from another virtual machine running on the same host processor core as the attacker’s virtual machine.

Since Intel’s announcement of L1TF we have been testing and working on deploying mitigations to secure our platforms against L1TF. We anticipate completion of these efforts across our global footprint within a few weeks. If any of these efforts require service affecting changes, we will notify you directly in advance of those changes being implemented.

What steps should you take to protect your environment against L1TF?

You should ensure your operating system within your virtual machines is up-to-date with all available patches applied.

In closing, new vulnerabilities will always be discovered by researchers and vendors and Atlantic.Net will always work diligently to protect our customers and offload much of the burden of addressing these vulnerabilities.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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Multi-Cloud Strategy is Great, But Who Will Manage It?

Multi-cloud server infrastructure arises almost inevitably in enterprises, as indicated by David Gewirtz. Since that is the case, enterprises should consider their management strategy for the multi-cloud environment.

This article looks at what multi-cloud is, why it is adopted, its distinction from hybrid cloud, and ways to properly manage it. Finally, it addresses the issue of responsibility for management – whether you should take the DIY route or use an expert third party.

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The Future of 5G

5G. It’s coming. But when? And what exactly is it?

A staggering amount of people in the US think that 5G is just a better, faster version of Internet for their phones and Internet-capable devices.

5G is no technology at all; it’s simply the shortened name for the 5th Generation of mobile network that at some point will be ushered on to the scene and become the latest wave of telecommunications infrastructure reform. What that technology will actually be is still not completely defined as companies at home and abroad race to be the first to master a solution that can be successfully mass-produced.

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How Real is the Technology of Ready Player One?

Steven Spielberg still draws crowds; spurred on by $500 million from Ready Player One, and without adjusting for inflation, his films have now achieved a combined gross of $10 billion. Spielberg’s incredible star power ramped up the hype in advance of the release Ready Player One, but the movie was already compelling for those interested in its virtual reality (VR) system. How possible is such VR tech? The reality of the virtual reality within Ready Player One can be assessed by looking at its different core capabilities and technologies.

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How Is the Cloud Enabling Artificial Intelligence?

If you’re a science fiction fan like me, the term “artificial intelligence” recalls entities like HAL-9000, Skynet, the Cylons, and the fact that these creations have a bad habit of rising up against their creators and trying to kill us all.

While artificial intelligence (A.I.) has struggled to gain footholds in other niches, it is finding its place in the world of cloud computing, a sort of revolution within the revolution that could rapidly change the face of businesses using cloud computing solutions over the next few years.

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Comparison: Amazon AWS vs. Atlantic.Net

 

Who you choose to be your Cloud provider is a critical decision that can affect the success of your business. Atlantic.Net offers great, affordable Cloud Hosting solutions (including HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting) for businesses of any size. We’re certain that after you see how we compare with Amazon AWS and the benefits we bring, like customized setup, hybrid solutions, and all-star support, that the decision will be clear.

 

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How to Enable User Quotas in cPanel/WHM

This tutorial will explain how to enable user quotas on Atlantic.Net’s cPanel Cloud Servers. Before we get into the details, let’s do some housekeeping:

Verified on 4/28/17 for cPanel on CentOS 7.2 64-bit

Prerequisites

    • Atlantic.Net Cloud Account

Click here to sign up for your free account!

    • SSH Program

Don’t have one? Follow the guides below for how to SSH:

From Windows
From Linux/Mac

    • Atlantic.Net cPanel Server

Follow this simple guide for how to quickly create a cPanel server:

Create cpanel


Connecting to Your cPanel Server

Now it’s time to connect to your server via SSH:

ssh [email protected][IP Address]

Once you connect to your external device, you’ll see the following which is the RSA negotiation between both devices to ensure you’re connecting to the right host:

The authenticity of host '69.28.xx.xx (69.28.xx.xx)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 75:98:a9:3d:f8:e7:48:bf:05:c9:1b:ea:xx:xx:xx:xx.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

Check if Your System Has Quotas Enabled

mount

Find the line that says

/dev/sda1

and if there is no quota enabled, it will say

noquota...
/dev/sda1 on / type xfs (rw,relatime,attr2,inode64,noquota)
...

Edit the default Grub file

By editing the default Grub file, we can specify that the file system should have quotas enabled when the system boots up.

Edit the default Grub file with your favorite editor:

nano /etc/default/grub

Modify the following line from:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=””

to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rd.lvm.lv=centos/root crashkernel=auto rhgb quiet rootflags=uquota,pquota"

Note: By default, our cPanel Cloud Servers do not have swap enabled. If you have enabled it, you can prepend rd.lvm.lv=centos/swap before rd.lvm.lv=centos/root.

The resulting file should look like this:

GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="$(sed 's, release .*$,,g' /etc/system-release)"
GRUB_DEFAULT=saved
GRUB_DISABLE_SUBMENU=true
GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT="console"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rd.lvm.lv=centos/root crashkernel=auto rhgb quiet rootflags=uquota,pquota"
GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"

Generate the New Grub Configuration File

Now that we have edited the default Grub file, we must use it to generate the Grub bootloader configuration file. First, let’s make a backup of our Grub configuration:

cp /boot/grub2/grub.cfg /boot/grub2/grub.cfg.bakgrub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

If done correctly, the system will let you know you generated the file successfully.

Generating grub configuration file ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.10.0-327.10.1.el7.x86_64
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-3.10.0-327.10.1.el7.x86_64.img
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-0-rescue-17115f95ddd92d410be8cb803e2d845d
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-0-rescue-17115f95ddd92d410be8cb803e2d845d.img
done

Finishing Up

In order for the new changes to take effect, let’s reboot the system:

shutdown now

Allow a minute or two for the cPanel server to reboot. Once it has rebooted, SSH back into the server.

ssh [email protected][IP Address]

Let’s check mount again to see if quota shows up now:

mount
...
/dev/sda1 on / type xfs (rw,relatime,attr2,inode64,usrquota,prjquota)
...

As we can now see, user quotas and project quotas are now enabled. You have successfully completed enabling quotas on your Atlantic.Net cPanel Cloud Server!

Your next step is to log in to your cPanel’s WHM to setup quotas: https://[your IP address]:2087. There should no longer be any notification about enabling quotas.

Note: If cPanel is telling you quotas are still not enabled for the filesystem, please run the following command in an SSH terminal:

/scripts/fixquotas

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let us know in the comments below or email us at [email protected]! Interested in a HIPAA-compliant hosting solution in the cloud? Atlantic.Net offers HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services for healthcare organizations.


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