State of Enterprise Cloud Computing 2018

Cloud computing occupies a unique spot in IT history. In its early beginnings, it was the latest in a series of new models for IT operations. Existing systems were migrated to cloud providers and companies found benefits in its cost and flexibility, while working through issues around security and integration. Today, the cloud offers a path for business transformation. Cloud computing trends among technology decision-makers include usage and plans across various cloud services and deployment models, investments, businesses, drivers, and impact on business strategies and plans. Continue reading State of Enterprise Cloud Computing 2018

Compliant Kubernetes

Kubernetes has changed the way we manage containerized workloads and services. Being an open-source platform, Kubernetes makes it easier and more efficient to coordinate different applications as well as update, scale, and deploy them.

While using Kubernetes may seem like a no-brainer for anyone wanting to deploy applications, in the past, for many working in the healthcare or finance industry, this open-source platform was not ideal. Kubernetes failed to fulfill the compliance and security restrictions set by HITRUST, PCI DSS and NIST cybersecurity frameworks that many healthcare companies and financial institutions were required to meet, to ensure their customer data were secured and not attainable. Continue reading Compliant Kubernetes

Lumen21 HITRUST Certified Clinic on the Microsoft Azure Cloud

As healthcare evolved over the years, especially with the HIPAA/HITECH regulations of 1996, and because of the subjective nature of HIPAA, covered entities face difficult challenges in assessing compliance and security for external vendors as well as internal controls. This leads to having to reinvent the wheel every time a department or vendor handles PHI information.

Founded in 2007, HITRUST Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to champion the safeguard of sensitive information and manage information risk for organizations, created an ISO 27001 based framework which is prescriptive to define HIPAA/HITECH guidelines called HITRUST CSF. CSF is a certifiable framework that brings together several other compliance frameworks and standards, including HIPAA, PCI, ISO, and NIST. HITRUST CSF Domains and Controls cover 19 different domains with about 1200 separate controls based on your scope of covered information. Continue reading Lumen21 HITRUST Certified Clinic on the Microsoft Azure Cloud

The Biggest Mistake Companies Make When Migrating to the Cloud

Cloud migration is the process of moving applications, data, or other business elements from an organization’s onsite computers to the cloud, or moving them from one cloud environment to another.

Cloud computing has come a long way over the years. Moving to the cloud is serious business. Only a few enterprises have managed to master the art of cloud migration. There are several common drawbacks companies make when it comes to cloud migration. Perhaps the most common and the expensive is failing to plan for compliance before beginning a cloud migration. Continue reading The Biggest Mistake Companies Make When Migrating to the Cloud