Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies

Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies

Debt collection agencies with sensitive data need to be familiar with how PCI, FISMA, SSAE 16/SOC 1 and SOC 2 apply to them. If you’re performing collections, you’re no stranger to regulatory compliance and the proactive supervision of government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Office … Read more

IT Regulatory Standards Are an Alphabet Soup

IT Regulatory Standards

IT Regulatory Standards Are an Alphabet Soup IT regulatory standards got you down? If you work in IT or IT compliance, you’ve probably heard of the “Alphabet Soup” of regulatory standards. Think SSAE 16, SOC 2, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001, and others, of course. However, what do they all really mean?  Which one is right for me? … Read more

CFPB Vendor Compliance Management

When it comes to CFPB vendor compliance, companies must “oversee” their vendors “in a manner that ensures compliance with Federal consumer financial law…The CFPB’s exercise of its supervisory and enforcement authority will closely reflect this orientation and emphasis,” according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s CFPB Bulletin 2012-3. An effective risk management strategy includes the … Read more

Mastering a Risk Assessment

Mastering a Risk Assessment

In light of the recent news of the data breach at Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, risk assessment is our theme today. We welcome this guest post from our partner, KirkpatrickPrice….   Performing a Risk Assessment is a critical component of any Information Security Program. It’s mandated by several frameworks (SSAE 16, SOC 2, PCI DSS, … Read more

AIS Network Receives SOC 1 Type II Attestation Report

Reston, VA — January 10, 2013 — AIS Network, a leading provider of fully managed enterprise-class hosting, today announced that it has completed its semi-annual SOC 1 (Service Organization Control) Type II audit.  This certification attestation verifies that AISN has the proper internal controls and processes in place to deliver high-quality services to its clients. … Read more

Top 6 Benefits of AIS Network’s Managed Private Cloud

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO You want to spend more of your IT dollar on the innovation that your customers expect. So in order for you to focus on your business, the ratio of what you build out “new” versus what you spend time maintaining and running has to improve measurably. Plus, you want … Read more

Does Third Party Hosting for SharePoint 2010 Make Sense?

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO “To cloud or not to cloud?” is rapidly emerging as the technical question of the decade. Industry analyst Gartner, Inc., expects 43 percent of companies to have most of their IT efforts running in the cloud in as little as four years. Due to that expected boom in cloud … Read more

Financial Services Firms Like SharePoint 2010

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President We’ve blogged about CPAs and the cloud and how IT literacy is important within the financial services sector, but we haven’t really addressed the fact that MOST of our financial services clients are using our SSAE 16 Type II-compliant hosted SharePoint 2010. Why? Quite simply, hosted SharePoint improves … Read more