SharePoint and the Crypto Locker Virus

  By Terry Engelstad AIS Network VP, Network Operations   Last month, a client emailed with the following question, “We have had reports of one of our external SharePoint users that ended up with a crypto locker virus.  It is possible that documents from this infected computer got uploaded into SharePoint.  In cases like this … Read more

We’ll Have to Wait Until 2015 for SharePoint 2015, but Have a Look at SharePoint’s New Service Pack

  By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications   The word on the street is that folks are going to have to wait until (drum roll, please) 2015 for the release of SharePoint 2015.  (Big sigh, right?) In the meantime, as announced in March, SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 is Microsoft’s latest release to … Read more

What Are the New PCI 3.0 Requirements?

GUEST BLOG By Sarah Morris, KirkpatrickPrice Are you aware of the changes to PCI 3.0? The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Council has developed new changes to the PCI DSS requirements by asking one question: What will improve payment security? While the core 12 security areas will remain the same, several new sub-requirements have been implemented … Read more

Assuring HIPAA Compliance for PHI

GUEST BLOG By Sarah Morris, KirkpatrickPrice If you’re hosting data classified as patient health information (PHI), it’s always your responsibility to assure HIPAA compliance for PHI. In other words, take appropriate measures to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule. Beginning September 23, as a business associate of a healthcare entity, you can now be fined … Read more

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Checklist

Business continuity is a big deal these days, and disaster recovery plans are a key component of business continuity. Below is a brief checklist to help guide you: Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Project Approach 1. Business Impact Analysis a. Review existing business continuity capabilities: i. Evaluate the risk to business process failures ii. Identify critical … Read more

Business Continuity Plan Helps Business Prepare for Natural Disaster

GUEST BLOG Think business continuity plans are not important? Think again. In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy left devastation in parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, and Eastern Canada. With winds up to 80 mph, this Category 2 hurricane wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard of the United States from Florida to Maine. … Read more

September 23: HIPAA Rules Kick in, Impacting Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO If you’re a company in the health care industry, you have just 47 days to get your act together on planning for IT disaster recovery. That’s right. Beginning Sept. 23, the HIPAA/HITECH rules governing protected health information (PHI) secure data backup and recovery will be enforced, and some businesses … Read more

How Does Cloud Backup and Recovery Work?

By Joshua Darrin AIS Network Director of Operations Replicating your entire infrastructure to a remote, disaster resilient location designed to be “always on” is not nearly as difficult as it may have been just five years ago. Welcome the cloud – designed to be there when you need it most. The combination of the cloud … Read more

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Offers Significant Benefits

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Last October, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the United States, severely impacting millions of businesses and governments and displacing 776,000 East Coast residents. It resulted in an estimated $71.4 billion in damages – the sixth most costly hurricane in U.S. history. Although Sandy’s meteorological characteristics were unique, the ensuing … Read more

WPC 2013 Discussion Focuses on Emerging Opportunities

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Yesterday was Day 2 of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 (WPC 2013) in Houston and time for My Big Speaking Role!  I was delighted to join an elite panel of three other multinational companies in an interactive discussion focused on how hosting service providers can use effective marketing … Read more