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The Importance of SOC 2 and SOC 3 Validation

By Bruce Hall, Director of Managed Services

Have you heard about SOC 2 and SOC 3 validation? If you’re storing data in the cloud (or considering it) it’s a business imperative. We’ve recently completed a Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) and Control 3 (SOC 3) validation process. While we’re proud of our achievement, it’s important to explain what this means for our customers. When researching an enterprise cloud or managed service solution, it’s essential to not only check for compliance with SOC 2 and SOC 3, but also to review the actual report. Prospective service providers should be more than willing to share their report. 

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Fri, Mar 21, 2014
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Secure Cloud Backup Part 4: Availability

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How easily can you restore your data from cloud?  What is your provider doing to protect your data once it has been stored in the cloud?  Can you backup or restore your data at any time?  These questions address availability.

 

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Wed, Sep 18, 2013
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Secure Cloud Backup – Part 3: Ensuring Integrity

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How do you know the data you backed up is the data that can be restored?  That question is at the heart of integrity as it relates to secure cloud backup.

Ensuring integrity can be a tough task.  It definitely requires a leap of faith as you put your data into the cloud.  The way to transform that leap of faith into a sense of assurance is through logging, restore validations, and continuous corruption detection and repair processes.

Detailed Logging

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Thu, Aug 15, 2013
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Secure Cloud Backup – Part 2: Confidentiality - Ask the Right Questions

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

Ensuring data confidentiality means that only authorized users have access to the data.  Simply put, eyes that should not be viewing the data can’t see it.

On physical media, this can mean several things:  ensuring no physical access to the media, password authentication for disk drives, or encrypting media.  However, cloud backup introduces a major paradigm shift.  There are no doors to lock.  Do passwords mean anything when your data is being transmitted over the Internet? 

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Tue, Jul 16, 2013
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What Does Secure Cloud Backup Mean?

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

With so many pieces of modern business moving to the cloud, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  Backup has quickly found its way to the top of the list of processes, and perhaps headaches, that are driving companies to the cloud.  The advantages are vast.  Data is backed up offsite.  Backups are managed and monitored which frees up IT staff to focus on other tasks.  And backup services can be coupled with DR services.  It makes sense.

 

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Thu, Jun 20, 2013
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Cloud Security Common Sense

By Tim Donovan, President

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Fri, Aug 10, 2012
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What is Wrong with Today's Perimeter Security Model?

Author: Kushal Patel, Senior Consultant

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Wed, Jul 21, 2010
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Cloud Computing: Potential Risks Associated with Embracing the Public Cloud

Author: Sean Gilbride, Director of Professional Services Operations

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Thu, Apr 22, 2010
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