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Compliance in the Cloud: What you Need to Know about the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act

Danielle Sheer newBy Danielle Sheer, VP and General Counsel, Carbonite; and Alan Guichard, Northeastern University School of Law

In this month’s edition of “Compliance in the Cloud” we take a look at the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act and the downstream compliance requirements on cloud service providers. The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, focused on reforming the financial services industry, in part by removing regulations that prevented the merger of banks, stock brokerage companies and insurance companies.  As a result of permitting these types of mergers, however, financial institutions have access to an incredible amount of personal information.

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Top Tips on Navigating HIPAA Revisions (and Other Regulatory Measures)

Danielle Sheer headshotBy Danielle Sheer, Vice President and General Counsel, Carbonite Inc.

HIPAA, SSAE 16, ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS70), SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, DIACAP and FISMA, ITAR, FIPS 140-2, CSA, and the MPAA... This sounds like the equipment list for man’s mission to Mars?

Guess again. These are just a few of the federal regulations the government has enacted to ensure the privacy, security, and integrity of stored information, in the cloud or otherwise. With the proliferation of these data security standards, it is becoming increasingly important for vendors such as cloud backup providers to be diligent about their compliance with these regulations, both to respond to demand from customers, and because there’s an obvious market advantage in offering solutions that support customer compliance.

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GFI MAX Releases HIPAA Resources for MSPs

gfi max smallYesterday, GFI MAX released news of a new resource pack for MSPs using their platform. The addition is for HIPAA readiness, and is designed to address the new regulations that organizations must follow starting September 23, 2013.

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