Laurie Head is co-owner of AIS Network, leading all facets of corporate communications, content and culture and occasionally guiding clients who need award-winning application development. After careers in broadcast journalism and public affairs, Laurie went out on a limb in 1998 to direct communications for an investment bank’s technology practice. At the time, there were few women working in IT, and she got a buzz out of breaking new ground. Since then, Laurie has never looked back, embracing her various roles in the industry and inspiring and mentoring young colleagues along the way. She’s one part entrepreneur, one part communications executive, one part wordsmith, one part geek, one part volunteer and two parts mom. When she’s not playing any of those parts or blogging, she’s walking the dog.

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Secure Online Backup and Recovery Ensures Business Continuity

Each year, businesses and governments lose billions of dollars due to data loss. Sadly, these organizations could have prevented their losses if only they’d had a secure online backup and recovery plan, which ensures business continuity in the aftermath of a disaster. Unrecoverable data loss impacts customers and employees and can mean serious repercussions for…

PHI breaches

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel This article first ran as a featured guest post in Electronic Health Reporter on September 22, 2014. The theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers recently, coupled with the news that as-yet unidentified hackers were able to penetrate the U.S. government’s…

Managed colocation

Traditional Colocation or Managed Colocation?

Sometimes hassling with your own servers no longer makes sense. Keeping your server room environment cool, secure and outage-free is challenging.  The capital expenses, the constant purchasing, the 3 a.m. emergencies and the routine patching feels like insanity.  Deploying, scaling and managing the physical environment weighs you down too.  You’re tired of all the low-value…

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Benefits of Colocation

Why would anyone choose colocation? What are the benefits of colocation? Colocation services provide the flexibility, control, security and services that you need—plus expert managed hosting support when you want it. In a colocation scenario, you host your infrastructure in a provider’s data centers, allowing you to reduce the capital and operational expenses that you…

HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliant Private Cloud Delivers Life-Saving Assistance

National Health IT Week 2014, which is this week, celebrates the value of IT and its contribution to healthcare providers, associations and non-profit organizations, state and regional extension centers, corporations and colleges and universities across the nation. In honor of National Health IT Week, I thought I would share with you the story of one of…

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Disaster Recovery: September Is National Preparedness Month

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications FACT:  Every year, businesses lose billions of dollars due to data loss. Since 2004, National Preparedness Month has been observed every September in the United States. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month urges people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their…

Microsoft Azure

AISN Debuts Azure Managed Services

By Bill Peters AIS Network Director of Business Development As of August 1, Microsoft reseller partners like AISN can begin providing Azure* cloud services and selling Azure to customers via Microsoft’s Open Licensing program. Previously, customers could only purchase directly from Microsoft and through Enterprise Agreements. So, how can AISN’s Azure Managed Services help you?  Whether you’re…

Health Care Infographic

Health Care Infographic: Why It’s Moving to the Cloud

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network VP, Strategy   We are proud to share our new infographic on why health care is moving to the cloud.  With so many health care organizations starting to utilize the cloud and virtualization, we are sharing some of the related trends. First off, it’s no big surprise health care is moving to the cloud; many businesses and organizations benefit…

HIPAA BAA

HIPAA BAAs and HIPAA Cloud Hosting

All HIPAA/HITECH-regulated organizations in the process of selecting a HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting provider should expect their chosen vendor to sign a HIPAA/HITECH Business Associate Agreement (BAA).* But here’s the rub. It’s easy to find a cloud hosting provider who says, “Yeah, we’ll sign a BAA.” However, it’s quite another to find a provider who is…