December 11, 2017
Whitepaper: HIPAA Compliant Cloud Backup Services – Which One is Right for You?
Making an identical copy of your business data and automatically transferring it via the internet to an offsite server is a service you need to protect your business in today’s tumultuous world.
Total HIPAA Compliance recently published a whitepaper, “HIPAA Compliant Cloud Backup Services – Which One is Right for You?”. Seven HIPAA compliant cloud backup vendor’s products are evaluated. These vendors provide products that meet the needs of small to medium-sized businesses.
- Microsoft Azure Backup
- SpiderOak Groups
- Unison BDR
- Zetta Data Protection
Each of the vendors was evaluated and compared with the following criteria:
- Supported Platforms
- Installation and Use
- Encryption Standards
- Customer Support
- Plans and Pricing
“As the number of ransomware and phishing attacks on governments agencies, hospitals, and businesses increases, it is imperative organizations have a backup copy of their business intelligence,” commented Jason Karn, Chief Compliance Officer, Total HIPAA Compliance. “Small and medium-sized organizations are targeted by hackers because these groups often do not have a strategy in place to protect their data,” Karn continued.
With cloud backup, you select a vendor, install their software package on your computer, and indicate the files and folders you want to back up. These files should be encrypted so that if the cloud-based servers are hacked, you won’t lose the data. HIPAA compliant vendors provide encryption as a standard feature.
Cloud backup and cloud storage are both valuable but have different roles. Cloud storage is designed to share large files with others via the internet. These accounts generally have smaller storage capacity.
Prices for implementing a cloud backup solution are a fraction of the ransom demanded by hackers. Rob McDonald, VP of Customer Solutions for Virtru, recounted, “I’ve seen situations where organizations have been shut down because of ransomware or a targeted attack, jeopardizing the health of the business. Implementing a backup strategy to the cloud is no longer difficult. You can use an MSP or with your own resources. Everyone can do it.”
All the companies included in this review are HIPAA compliant. Remember, before you choose the cloud backup service that best fits your needs, makes sure you’ve conducted a Risk Assessment and checked to see if all HIPAA-related policies, processes, and technology are in place. HHS OCR offers an in-depth look at the relationship between HIPAA and cloud service providers. See Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing for more information. If you want to know more about HIPAA compliance, Total HIPAA can help. Our HIPAA team is happy to provide you with ways you can keep your customers’ Protected Health Information secure.
About Total HIPAA Compliance:
Total HIPAA Compliance offers HIPAA Prime™ for health insurance agents/brokers, employer groups, business associates, and medical and dental providers to meet federally mandated HIPAA regulations. HIPAA Prime™ is an easy-to-follow, cost-effective online solution for quickly developing and implementing your personalized HIPAA compliance plan. HIPAA Prime™ satisfies all of your documentation and training requirements. Our staff has extensive regulatory, educational, professional management, technical expertise and healthcare experience that simplifies the compliance process while affordably keeping you up to date with the HIPAA Law. See more at www.TotalHIPAA.com.