Published On: Apr 03, 2018

Last week, a researcher at Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, got ahold of data on 50 million users from Facebook. This data was harvested through an innocuous-seeming quiz that collected data not only from the person taking it, but from their Facebook friends as well. While the terms of service for Facebook prohibit collecting and selling data in this manner, that didn’t stop Cambridge Analytica – now proprietary user information is trading hands at lightning speed.

This has created an incredible breach of trust—users are now dubious as to how much they can trust Facebook with their data. How can a company prevent this from happening to them?

As more and more personal information gets thrust upon the internet, organizations are increasingly looking for Chief Information Security Officers and Chief Information Officers. According to data compiled by LinkedIn, hospitals/healthcare, government entities, and higher education are among the top 5 categories looking for CIO/CISO personnel.

However, just because a company wants to hire someone to protect personal user information doesn’t mean that the system is up-to-par. It is important to garner and outfit yourself with a system that fits your needs.

If you want to control the information sharing both internally and externally within your organization, it is important to find a provider that is SOC 2 Certified and/or SSAE Type 1 & 2 Compliant. SOC 2 will confirm that your provider has all of the best internal practices in place to verify security, availability, and pricing of your data hosting environment. SSAE 16 is an in-depth auditing standard of the controls over information technology and security. Type I will collect the stated controls of an organization, including the Disaster Recovery protocol and any physical security measures that are in place. Type II will additionally test these controls.

For those in healthcare, HIPAA-compliant solutions are of paramount importance. If any identifiable health information is transmitted, stored, or captured using your system, it is imperative that your system be HIPAA compliance in order to properly abide by U.S. Regulations.

Finally, PCI compliant standards have been a standard in the finance and payment card industry for quite some time. Those who operate eCommerce or exchange any currency will need to follow these guidelines for compliance.

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Posted in Hosting on Apr 03, 2018