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DRJ-LogoBOCA RATON, Fla. – Host.net, a multinational provider of cloud, managed infrastructure and network services, announces today the launch of its HIPAA-compliant Healthcare IT solution. The new Host.net HIPAA Compliance Package is designed to arm hospitals, doctors offices and healthcare service providers with secure ways to meet complex compliance regulations, protect patient privacy, establish and improve telehealth and telemedicine services and adeptly address critical healthcare IT requirements.

Through Host.net's state-of-the-art HIPAA-compliant services -- including colocation, physical security, cooling and power redundancies, multi-layer network redundancy and hybrid IT solutions -- healthcare providers can ensure their complex data and voice infrastructure is compliant and secure. The new flexible Host.net HIPAA Compliance Package includes a variety of colocation options and offers several ways to further customize through hybrid cloud configurations, Internet service and Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) layer two networking -- a flexible and fast way to route data and voice traffic.

This integrated solution ensures patient and employee data is safe, while enabling multi-location doctors practices to connect their offices, quickly transfer Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and files, improve telemedicine capabilities, and ensure the utmost in security and reliability. Host.net also works closely with larger healthcare organizations that require storage and archival solutions that require HIPAA compliance.

"Host.net has seen increased demand from health institutions and healthcare service providers for fully compliant IT solutions that ensure their critical systems and IT infrastructure remain highly available and secure," states Host.net CEO Jason Katz. "Host.net is agile and has a wealth of experience in meeting compliance needs for our clients, allowing them to focus on their core business, while we manage the infrastructure and deal with the complex and ever-changing compliance landscape."

Priority Ambulance, which is a Host.net client, leverages a Host.net hybrid solution including compliant colocation, along with Host.net Smart Cloud Architecture and backup services.
"Maximum uptime is so critical for 911 dispatch services," comments Robbie D. Stone, Chief Information Officer for Priority Ambulance. "With Host.net, we are confident our critical dispatch systems and applications are running at peak performance and always available."

Host.net's solutions, are compliant with all PCI, SOC, HIPAA and Visa requirements, so healthcare organizations of all sizes can rest assured their unique IT requirements are met and create an environment that is secure, reliable and 100% redundant. With 24x7x365 support, Host.net also has a full suite of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions enabling clients to securely recover data and minimize downtime in the event of an outage.

To learn more about Host.net's HIPAA Compliant Healthcare Package, download the company's data sheet. Follow Host.net on Twitter and LinkedIn or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

About Host.net
Host.net is a multinational cloud company offering managed infrastructure services. Specializing in colocation and network transport and transit solutions for enterprise organizations, the company custom designs total solutions tailored to the needs of its clients. Accomplishing uninterrupted service availability, increasing technology capabilities and improving operational efficiencies are hallmarks of Host.net's services. The company operates multiple enterprise-class data centers connected to an extensive fiber-optic backbone that delivers Internet and layer 2 communications across a wide array of last-mile options. Host.net services clients in most major metropolitan regions of North America as well as portions of Latin America. Additional information about Host.net is available at http://www.host.net. You can also follow Host.net on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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As companies embrace digitalization and increasingly interlink their equipment, processes and supply chain – the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ – the risk of financial losses rises exponentially, making cyber security and related issues fast emerging as the biggest risk for organizations, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE.

The 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer notes that the cyber threat now goes far beyond hacking and privacy, and data breaches and new data protection regulations will exacerbate the fallout from these for businesses. Time is running out for businesses to prepare for the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation across Europe in 2018. The cost of compliance will be high, and so could be related penalties.

In addition, inter-connectivity and increasing sophistication of cyber attacks pose risk for companies not only directly, but also indirectly through exposed critical infrastructure such as IT, water or power supply. Then there is the threat posed by technical failure or human error, which could lead to prolonged and wider business interruption. In today’s ‘Industry 4.0’ environment, failure to submit or interpret data correctly could stop production.

Worldwide, cyber concerns ranked third in the list of top risks, but second in Europe and the United States. Especially worried were respondents in the trade and information and communication technology industries. The report shows that smaller organizations may be underestimating their cyber risk, as those with revenue of less than €250 million rank cyber incidents as the sixth biggest risk. However, the impact of a serious incident could be much more damaging for such firms.

Business interruption remained the top fear globally for the fifth straight year, with multiple new triggers emerging, including non-physical damage disruptions caused by political violence, strikes and terror attacks.

Organizations are also facing potential financial losses as the changing political landscape - Brexit, US elections outcome and the upcoming polls in the EU, among others - raises fears of increasing protectionism and anti-globalization trends. Since 2014, there have been around 600 to 700 new trade barriers introduced globally every year.

Companies worldwide are bracing for a year of uncertainty,” says Chris Fischer Hirs, the CEO of AGCS. “Unpredictable changes in the legal, geopolitical and market environment around the world are constant items on the agenda of risk managers and the top management. A range of new risks are emerging beyond the perennial perils of fire and natural catastrophes which require re-thinking of current monitoring and risk management tools.

World’s First Global Secured Network connects 12 law enforcement and public safety agencies with 52 hotels and casinos to manage high-level national security event

 

DRJ-LogoLAS VEGAS, Nev. – More than 300,000 partygoers attending New Year’s Eve celebrations across Las Vegas were protected by Secured Communications’ encrypted messaging platform that allowed a dozen law enforcement and public safety agencies to coordinate with 52 hotels, including Stations Casinos, Caesars and MGM properties, and others.

“What’s unique about this system is its ability to allow any public safety agency or private company to quickly exchange critical information,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

More than 50,000 encrypted voice, image, video and text messages were shared during the event. In addition to connecting disparate organizations, visual messaging augments the police radio network, which can be difficult to hear during large events.

This year, the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration was assigned a Level 2 Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Only the Super Bowl merits a higher risk classification. This designation provides additional federal support for security and safety, and these agencies also had access to the Secured Communications platform. 

“Secured Communications provides a fully encrypted messaging platform that for the first time allows agencies to cross coordinate across boundaries and with outside organizations to ensure public safety,” said Rob Wilson, CEO. “The flawless execution of our platform on New Year’s Eve, handling more than 50,000 messages, speaks to the robustness and scalability of the platform for critical public safety missions.”

Secured Communications provides officers secure, non-radio connectivity that allows the rapid sharing of investigative information or departmental alerts in an encrypted environment that protects citizen privacy and investigative integrity. Las Vegas police agencies successfully used the system during the October Presidential Debate, in which more than 18,000 messages were shared between other state and federal agencies. Secured Communications currently connects 47 public safety agencies in Nevada.

About Secured Communications, LLC

The global leader in safeguarding critical communications, Secured Communications delivers advanced encryption solutions for law enforcement, enterprises, corporations, government entities, defense agencies, health care organizations and limited individuals.

Using Secured Communications’ mobile connection platform, text messages, phone calls, images and files are end to-end encrypted and protected using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the encryption algorithm for securing sensitive information. Secured Communications is led by retired senior FBI and law enforcement leaders and allows only trusted partners vetted by the FBI’s InfraGard program to access its technology. For more information about how Secured Communications can safeguard your communications, visit: www.SecuredCommunications.com.

Patented Direct-to-Cloud Backup Technology Increases Data Protection Throughput

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Zetta, a leading provider of high-performance business continuity solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office that covers the mechanics of how it makes direct-to-cloud data protection fast and efficient. It also includes protection for technology processes that enable direct-to-cloud backup, without any intermediary appliance or staging area, in addition to concurrent local copies. 

The latest in a series of Zetta patents, the new Patent 9,483,359, protects systems and methods which enable Zetta data protection technology for backup and disaster recovery to be applicable to even more customers and use cases, by increasing network transport efficiency. The technology is based on enterprise replication methodologies, which provide state consistent snapshot replication. Like incremental backups, it only transfers changed data segments, but unlike traditional incremental backups it isn’t susceptible to a single bad backup invalidating all subsequent backups. 

“Zetta has provided, since it’s inception, Internet scale, direct-to-cloud replication for backup and disaster recovery. This patent is a reflection of our consistent focus on what makes us different, specifically WAN-efficient transport,” said Jeff Whitehead, Chief Technology Officer, Zetta. “This technology allows us to protect larger data sets, or a higher underlying rate of change, than other approaches. We have even seen cases where we are able to replicate datasets -- over the public internet -- faster than legacy backup systems were able to backup from disk-to-disk within a local network.”

The new patent furthers Zetta’s prowess in technology innovation and adds to a range of additional patents earned by the company for faster direct-to-cloud backup, disaster recovery and DR as a Services (DRaaS) capabilities. The company additionally been awarded nine other patents including patents for the following technologies:

      State consistent replication (Patent 8,977,594)

      Backup using locally distributed change detection (Patent 8,977,596)

      Minimizing network bandwidth for replication/backup (Patent 9,015,122)

 

      Online backup and disaster recovery with local copy (Patent 8,977,598)

 

For more information on Zetta Data Protection, or to register for a free trial, visit: www.zetta.com/products/backup-recovery.

About Zetta
Zetta is an award-winning provider of high-performance cloud-first data protection and disaster recovery solutions that are a worry-free choice for businesses and managed service providers. The Company’s direct-to-cloud approach provides businesses a fast and reliable way to protect, access and quickly recover their business-critical data and systems—both physical and virtual – without the need for costly extra hardware. For more information, visit www.zetta.com.

DRJ-LogoSometimes it is a good exercise to step back and review some basics. I was at a high school basketball game recently and the teams were running a pro-style offense. The difference, however, was one team was fundamentally sound – on target passing, effective ball movement and basic concepts – while the other team was not. You can guess the outcome of the game.

Similarly, we should be looking at the basics in our business continuity programs to ensure we are fundamentally sound. Today’s blog is related to the very basic and fundamental concept and requirements of Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Before you close this window or go somewhere else, take  two minutes to finish this short blog, then take another two minutes to consider the state of the RTOs and RPOs in your business continuity program. These provide the basic, and arguably most important, requirements in developing technical and business recovery strategies.

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https://www.mha-it.com/2017/01/recovery-time-objectives/