Shadow IT Yields Scary Silhouettes

Brian Wood Blog

Unintended consequences — that’s what happens when employees use unauthorized external IT resources without IT’s knowledge. It’s not that IT won’t allow it; heck, they might have a better option available…but neither will know without mutual awareness. Shadow IT is a growing problem for organizations of all sizes and types. So do yourself and your company a favor: get approval …

Data Center Credentials: Trust But Verify

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Self-reported grade inflation is a common occurrence: everybody wants to be ranked at the top. And who’s going to notice if a folks take a few liberties with the truth? Verification and reference checks are so 20th century. Besides, if someone aspires to have a particular type of certification, isn’t that what’s really important? WRONG! Trust but verify. By James …

Data Governance + Data Security

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Some topics are sexy but not necessarily important — like just about everything on E! On the other hand, some topics are important but not necessarily sexy — like just about everything in the article below. Sorry, gang: just tellin’ it like it is. By Fred Donovan in FierceITSecurity. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing ———– …

AIS Completes Audit for Title 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

Brian Wood Blog, Press Releases

Supports biotech, life science, and healthcare firms needing to comply with strict FDA guidelines for electronic records and signatures  SAN DIEGO, October 1, 2013 – AIS (American Internet Services), a Southwestern provider of tailored data center and cloud service solutions, today announced successful completion of an audit for Title 21 CFR Part 11 of the United States Food and Drug …

AIS Successfully Completes SSAE 16 SOC 1, 2, and 3 Type 2 Audits

Brian Wood Blog, Press Releases

Successful third-party audits of each of AIS’s facilities confirm high standards for compliance and security. SAN DIEGO, September 11, 2013 – AIS (American Internet Services), a San Diego based provider of tailored data center and cloud service solutions, announced it successfully completed a second round of SSAE 16 SOC 1, 2, and 3 Type 2 audits for each of the …

Compliance: Necessary But Not Sufficient (for Security)

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Compliance is (or should be) a big dang deal for data center service providers. But it’s also important to note that compliance is not nearly sufficient to ensure security. It’s like having a lock on the window: it’s great that you have one, but do you always use it when your window is closed? And what do you do to …

Compliance: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Brian Wood Blog

Pop quiz: Do people in power always follow the rules established for their organizations? Bonus question: Are these same people in power the ones we ask (demand, really) to sign attestations that their organizations are doing everything that they are supposed to be doing from a compliance perspective? Interesting topic because it combines “Do as I say, not as I …

Audit & Compliance: Bringing Sexy Back

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Audit and compliance roles are not yet the most sexy, sought-after jobs in the market… but the post below indicates that such folks are becoming more strategic (or at least have the potential to become more strategic) in their organizations. By Jim Kim in FierceComplianceIT. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing ————— Chief audit executives eye …

HIPAA Updates — And How They Affect AIS Customers

Brian Wood Blog

451 Research produced the article below, which is an excellent summary of recent changes to HIPAA — and a solid reminder of why it is so important to understand, and have faith in, the compliance measures in place with your data center services provider. Fret not, for AIS customers are in good hands. Read more about our compliance levels here …

Compliance Officers: Killin’ It!

Brian Wood Blog

The article below by Jim Kim in FierceComplianceIT caught my eye — mainly because being a chief compliance officer has never really been on my bucket list. But different strokes for different folks, and thankfully there are people out there (like our own Frank Gaff) who sweat the small stuff in order to keep us all on the good side …