12-20-12 | Blog Post

Best of 2012: HIPAA, Cloud Computing & SOC 2

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Google Analytics is your best friend at year’s end to find the top trending topics of your blog or website – so I thought I’d share a bit of the gold with everyone to help guide them through next year. Ease your data center audit and cloud computing concerns (they can be harrowing, I know) and learn a thing or two from our expertly written and researched articles receiving top hits in 2012:


SAS 70, SSAE 16, SOC 2 and SOC 3 Data Center Standards
Online Tech’s Co-CEO Mike Klein makes a thorough analysis of the evolving auditing standards for data centers, including what each standard measures, and why SOC 2 provides what was missing in the previous SAS 70 and SSAE 16 audits.

SOC Comparison Chart

SOC 1, SOC 2 & SOC 3 Report Comparison
Now that you know the data center auditing standard SOC has replaced SAS 70 and SSAE 16, why are there three different reports (aptly named SOC 1, 2 and 3)? Read and learn from our handy chart on what each standard reports on and who uses it.

The Six Benefits of Cloud Computing
Mike Klein outlines the benefits of cloud computing for businesses, including lower costs, capex (capital expense) free computing, faster deployment and more.

HIPAA Audits
HIPAA Audits

2011 HIPAA Audits and Violations
Chronicling the types of healthcare data breaches and the initial pilot audit program launched by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources, check out these infographics to learn about examples of HIPAA violations in 2011 and what to avoid. A more updated version can be found in 2012 HIPAA Violations and Audits.

What’s in a Business Associate Agreement?
Also known as a BAA, get a high-level overview list of the provisions included in a contractual agreement between a covered entity (a healthcare organization that stores, processes or transmits protected health information) and business associate (the vendor that provides a service for the covered entity).

2012 Health IT Spending & Trends
Cloud computing was slated as a major tech investment for 2012, with 50 percent of IT budgets being allocated to the initiative. With the total clinical healthcare IT market projected to grow from $7.4 billion to nearly $17.5 billion in 2016, it’s a good idea to keep up with tech spending trends to inform your own business.

Cloud Computing Adoption
Cloud Computing Adoption

2011 Cloud & IT Disaster Recovery Statistics
Find out what size companies are avid cloud adopters, and the average downtime of companies that have gone to the cloud – making a good case for cloud-based disaster recovery. When it comes to data storage, find out why disaster recovery or backup, increased IT costs and other business drivers induce cloud decisions.

Encrypting Data to Meet HIPAA Compliance
Far too many a data breach/HIPAA violation has been due to lack of encryption. While addressable in the HIPAA Security Rule, it’s just a best practice for any company concerned with data security. Get a comprehensive list of top industry encryption tips from this article.

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