The Benefits of Azure's HITRUST CSF Certification to Healthcare

Posted by Ben Hanson on Jan 5, 2017 3:49:43 PM

healthcare-industry.jpgFantastic news from Microsoft this week - Azure has achieved HITRUST CSF certification status. HITRUST is designed to roll-up various healthcare-specific privacy/data protection requirements into one framework. It is a superset of HIPAA/HITECH in that it also folds in bits and pieces from various other frameworks, like ISO.

It really matters that many Azure components are now certified under HITRUST.  While it is common for businesses to be wary of the cloud for data protection/privacy purposes, healthcare is notoriously risk-averse in this regard. Recently, I was in a meeting with a client where the lack of HITRUST oversight in cloud services was cited as a primary reason why they will not and cannot adopt them. That no longer needs to be the case.

It's also worth remembering that Azure is already ISO 27017 and 27018 certified, which are the ISO accreditations covering InfoSec in the cloud and PII in the cloud, respectively. 27017 is a cloud-oriented extension of the control set in ISO 27002, which is itself the control set most commonly used for ISO 27001 accreditation (the most widely adopted InfoSec accreditation in the world).

The point is that workloads running in the cloud are almost always more secure and more resilient than those in on-prem service offerings, and this has never been more true than it is today. However, in my experience, businesses often do not realize the high water mark that CSPs like Microsoft must meet, to earn and maintain these data protection/privacy accreditations.  If you’d like to learn more about how to leverage the cloud to strengthen your security, without compromising your compliance and regulatory requirements, give us a shout.
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Topics: Security, Azure

Security is a Process, Not a Product

Posted by Ben Hanson on Nov 30, 2016 11:33:50 AM

Security is a Process, Not a ProductDid you know that the most common type of security incident is the disclosure of sensitive or confidential information? It’s so prevalent, in fact, that it occurs at roughly twice the rate of security incidents caused by hackers, and three times the rate of security incidents caused by viruses/malware*

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Topics: Security

What is Digital?

Posted by Casey Jackson on Nov 15, 2016 4:20:59 PM

digital-transformation.jpgThe recent, exponential growth in technology has prompted businesses to shift towards a more digital approach. According to IDC Futurescape, by the end of 2017, two-thirds of the CEOs of Global 2000 companies will have Digital Transformation at the center of their corporate strategy. However, many of my clients still ask me, what exactly does it mean to “go digital”?

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Topics: Digital

Demystifying the Voice & Meeting Capabilities of Skype for Business Online

Posted by Stephen Ratcliffe on Apr 5, 2016 8:33:00 AM

Skype-meeting.pngThis past November, Microsoft announced the launch of several new Skype for Business communications services to modernize voice, video, and meeting experiences. New capabilities such as Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN conferencing, and Cloud PBX with an option to add PSTN calling are now offered as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 E5 plan. Over the next 12-18 months, Microsoft will continue to rollout additional features to support these services and bring them up to full parity with on-premises Skype for Business. In the meantime, it is important to understand how to best take advantage of the benefits of Skype for Business online while maintaining any required functionality.

A closer look at the new Skype for Business capabilities:
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Topics: Skype for Business

4 Common (and Wrong) Tricks for Managing Change

Posted by Paula Schwartz on Mar 30, 2016 8:40:34 AM

Managing Organizational ChangeChances are, if you are implementing a new business process or technology solution – anything that requires your employees to change the way they work – you are doing it wrong.  Whether you realize it or not, many organizations use “tricks” to get their employees to buy into the latest business project or IT initiative.  However, when these tricks backfire, they can be very costly. 

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Topics: OCM, Organizational Change Management, Managing Change

Testing?  We Don't Need No Stinkin' Software Testing!

Posted by Ahmed Abdalla on Jan 19, 2016 10:02:16 AM

Software-Testing.pngAll of the IT and software development leaders I speak with want to and expect to deliver high quality applications however, very few of them successfully integrate testing into the development process.  In most cases, testing is an after-thought or is viewed as not as important when compared to the development aspect of the project.  Therefore, if done at all, testing is allocated limited budget and resources.  In my experience, the lack of commitment and integration of testing leads to problems throughout the entire development lifecycle.

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Topics: Application Development, Software Testing

End of Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer Coming Soon

Posted by Bruce Lyons on Jan 7, 2016 8:44:26 AM

Internet Explorer End of LifeOn January 16, 2016, the only version of Internet Explorer that will be supported by Microsoft will be Internet Explorer 11.  Microsoft will also continue support for the new Microsoft Edge browser that is part of Windows 10.  It is recommended that all customers running older versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to the most recent version, or Internet Explorer 11, on Windows 7 or newer operating systems.

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Topics: Systems Management, Internet Explorer

Wondering Why the Cloud is More Expensive Then On-Premises?

Posted by Janine McGee on Dec 14, 2015 11:19:53 AM

cloud-cost.pngLast month I had two calls with two of my favorite Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud providers, Microsoft and Nintex, and both were along the same line of discussion: “My colleague is asking me: Why does it cost more to go to the online solution? I’ve already paid for the on-premises, shouldn’t I be reducing my cost for going to the Cloud?”

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Topics: Office 365, Cloud, Nintex

Business Process Automation with Nintex and SharePoint

Posted by Jesse Wilker on Oct 20, 2015 9:22:09 AM

BPAHas your organization reaped the benefits from a commitment to Business Process Automation (BPA)? Well, now is as good of a time as ever to explore that possibility. In this series, I am going to cover BPA and its potential value to your business and walk you through how we implement BPA in organizations with tools such Nintex and SharePoint.

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Topics: SharePoint, Nintex

Why the Cloud Matters

Posted by Janine McGee on Aug 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

why-cloud-matters-700x400I have been talking to Clients about the Cloud since Microsoft launched Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) in 2008. Back then it was Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Live Meeting and Office Communications Online. At that time I was still part of the Microsoft field sales and marketing team and we were all unsure about what this would mean to us from a revenue perspective and what it would mean to Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and partners from a deployment perspective. None of this made sense. Why in the world would you “rent” the software rather than own it? How in the world was Microsoft going to get around all of the deployment blockers that we, the field sales team, faced every day as we encouraged our Customers to renew their Enterprise Agreements (EA)? And what does Software as a Service (SaaS) really mean?

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Topics: Office 365, Azure, Cloud

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