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Meeting the demands of today’s compliance standards can be challenging. HIPAA, PCI, and ISO are all examples of business standards with stringent security requirements that have to be upheld to protect customer data. Failing to meet these requirements can result in citations and negative press.

To create a compliant infrastructure, you need strong data security measures in place. The trouble is that for all but the biggest corporations, building a hardened infrastructure is prohibitively expensive. The CAPEX costs of new hardware and security tools alone can be massive.

Add to these costs the difficulty of scaling the final infrastructure to your company’s needs over time, and the task of creating a compliant business infrastructure completely in-house becomes incredibly burdensome.

Yet, meeting compliance demands doesn’t have to be difficult. At least, not when you use secure cloud for business.

One of the biggest benefits of the cloud is that, with the right cloud service provider, meeting the security requirements of a compliance standard can be easy.

Providing Powerful Security

Cloud providers can invest more heavily in specific security features than other companies because providing IT infrastructure is the core of the company’s business rather than a side job. Also, the cost of security investments on a public cloud are distributed among many users, rather than being shouldered by a single company.

This allows cloud service providers to invest in stronger security than most other companies could afford internally. For example, WHOA.com has the following security measures available on all of its cloud environments:

  • Data-At-Rest Encryption. WHOA uses a data-at-rest encryption solution that meets the data destruction requirements for ISO 27001.
  • Internal and Perimeter Firewalls. WHOA’s cloud environments come standard with not only perimeter firewalls to block external attacks, but internal firewalls for each user and machine in the network to counter attacks from within.
  • Event Log Management. WHOA’s partnership with Alert Logic brings advanced intrusion detection and log management tools to bear. For many compliance standards, being able to log security events is a critical part of meeting the standard.
  • Secure Tier IV Data Centers. The hardware for every WHOA cloud environment is housed in high-security, SSAE-16 certified Tier IV data centers that use armed security patrols, biometric access controls, and round-the-clock surveillance to prevent unauthorized access to the physical hardware that runs your cloud.

By making these security measures standard for every tenant on the cloud, meeting compliance standards is made easier, since there are no unprotected tenants on the cloud that could be a vulnerable point for an attack.

Streamlining Common Compliance Tasks

Aside from providing stronger security to meet your company’s compliance needs, using the cloud can simplify meeting compliance standards by helping you manage key compliance tasks.

For example, IDS can often be handled by the cloud service provider through services such as event log management that can track intrusion sources. Additionally, the required updates for security measures such as firewalls and antivirus programs can be handled by the cloud service provider, freeing up your IT staff to focus on your core business.

Different cloud providers will offer different services to help you meet compliance standards, not all of which will be standard. Some cloud providers treat security services such as firewall, antivirus, and log management as extra cost add-ons rather than a basic part of the solution.

Because of this, it’s important to check with your cloud provider to see what security features are actually standard on their cloud, and which ones are going to cost extra. This can go a long way towards finding the right cloud provider to help you meet your compliance needs.

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