Modern Compliance Challenges and How to Solve Them

Nov. 10, 2015
Did you know that data centers, cloud, and compliance can all get along now? Find out how to overcome some of the biggest compliance challenges and where the modern data center can help!

We all know that cloud computing has come a long way. We’ve got new ways to connect, new ways to deliver data, and a lot more user distribution. In an ever-connected world, the user and the organization are demanding a persistent connection regardless of device, location, or even data type. That means that both cloud and the data center model had to adapt to these new types of demands.

Well, this worked for a lot of organizations. They were able to deliver applications, desktops and rich content via the cloud to a dispersed user and an ever-growing organization. But it wasn’t perfect. The cloud model was only partially evolved since many eager cloud adopters were still limited in what they could do. Healthcare, pharmaceuticals, some public organizations, government, and other compliance or regulation-bound entities just couldn’t utilize the full capacity of the cloud or a data center provider.

So can compliance, regulations and storage all live in the cloud? Believe it or not – there are new services and evolving models which now support a more compliancy-oriented infrastructure. This white paper from FORTRUST provides an overview of foundational compliance requirements, including those for PCI and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It is important to consider while differences emerge among specific compliance mandates, many of the common mistakes and challenges associated with each will apply to all compliance efforts.

While requirements may vary from different compliance mandates, there are several consistent areas in which gaps appear across the board. For instance, one of the common myths associated with compliance is that transferring responsibility of IT infrastructure to a third party will place responsibility on the IT service provider. This strategy is not necessarily the case from a regulatory and compliance standpoint. A severe data breach is still likely to impact brand reputation no matter who was ultimately responsible, making it critical that businesses hold their service providers to a high standard.

Consider these three big compliance mistakes:

  1. No comprehensive evaluation of IT service providers
  2. Underestimating the value of physical security
  3. Failing to regularly check compliance and security processes

Download this whitepaper today to learn how modern data centers are built with stringent compliance requirements and availability in mind. You’ll find out how FORTRUST’s data centers are compliant with PCI-DSS and HIPAA. Furthermore, you’ll see how these data center providers now go above and beyond the requirements established by compliance mandates both in how the sites are designed and operated; and how they integrate with the entire business.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. Bill is currently a freelance analyst, speaker, and author for some of our industry's leading publications.

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