Federal CIOs, Struggle No Longer – Compliant Managed Cloud Services

July 20, 2017

In a CIO.com article titled, “5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIO’s still struggling”, Marlon Andrew, deputy CIO at the National Archives and Records Administration was quoted, saying, “The greatest challenge is not getting a contract in place, but what you find out is where those boundaries cross of who’s now responsible because you’re in a different infrastructure set-up, and what the cloud provider’s going to do versus the contract staff, versus the application support staff versus the infrastructure staff,” Andrews says. “So, that’s the greatest challenge we’re having now is defining roles and responsibilities and who’s going to do what because the world has changed as we’ve known it, and we’ve been client-server for so many years that this is truly a different environment for us.” He continues with this question, “What does the word ‘manage’ mean in a cloud environment.”

It’s a great question, and like so many questions, the answer is “it depends.”   It really depends on the type of cloud solution provider you’re working with, the types or levels of services they offer, and the amount of control they’re willing give you. When it comes to “managing,” Project Hosts offers a range of “managed services”.  From helping or assisting you in your subscription, to co-supporting an environment based on the software layer, to fully managed hosting services.  In this way, you can apply the talent and resources you have where they’re most likely most needed and valued — typically at the application layer where you’ve done custom development or configuration for your software solution. You should consider offloading things like infrastructure, server, platform and networking management to a cloud solutions provider as they can manage and monitor the environment more cost effectively than using your own staff.

In addition, some CSPs, like Project Hosts, offer advanced  management services such as security controls implementation and management to ensure compliancy with regulatory standards.  Project Hosts provides ready-to-run containers that support the necessary security controls including ISO 27001, HIPAA/HITRUST, NIST 800-53, and FedRAMP Moderate, High and DoD CC SRG IL4/5 level with full compliancy. 

So in summary, we provide the managed services to deploy, host, monitor, and maintain your subscription, ensuring ongoing trouble-free operation in a highly secured cloud. Whether you need us to provide managed services for your Azure cloud subscription, or you need us to deploy, host and manage the solution over it’s lifespan using our subscription, rest assured we will secure your cloud.

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Avoiding security breaches in a HIPAA Compliant Microsoft Azure Cloud Environment

March 21, 2017

Ashley_HIPAAAccording to HIPAA compliance regulations, security breaches of confidential patient data must be reported to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). When your organization has access to Protected Health Information (PHI), it is essential that HIPAA compliance is maintained, making it less likely to experience such breaches. The act of not adhering to the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule by failing to report a breach can result in criminal charges and civil action lawsuits, severely damaging your practice or organization. Working with a compliant Cloud Service Provider (CSP) gives you peace of mind that all security controls are in place, effectively securing patient’s sensitive information from breaches.

HIPAA_ShieldBy moving your data into a Microsoft Azure cloud, your data is protected on the infrastructure and platform levels with HITRUST compliance. Working with a CSP like Project Hosts adds 200+ controls on the SaaS level, while also adding ongoing scanning, patching, log reviews, alerting, incident response, backup, DR tests, user authorization tracking, data loss prevention and more for customer developed or ISV-based applications.

A compliant CSP provides technical, physical and administrative safeguards against breaches, lowering the probability of having to ever concern yourself with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.

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27K Summit Offers Risk Management Professionals a Glimpse at the Latest in ISO 27001 Certification Tools

September 20, 2016
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The ISO Certification Process can be a nightmare

On September 26th through the 28th, San Francisco will be hosting the 27K Security Summit. 27k represents the ISO 27001 certification. With the ever growing multitude of security threats, organizations are having to demonstrate proper management of cyber security through compliance.

The International Standards Organization or ISO, explains ISO 27001 as a family of standards that helps organizations keep information assets secure. Using the family of standards will help your organization manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties. To better help organization obtain and maintain this family of standards or compliance, Project Hosts has developed the ISMScloud.

The ISMScloud service is a secure, online application that can help you manage and document the process of securing your company’s information system, protecting your business and employees’ privacy and achieving your ISO 27001 certification.

ISMS_ArtThe ISMScloud provides a best-practices approach to managing the ISO process using standard ISO controls. It follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle methodology through a centralized and intelligent, yet easy to use Information Security Management System (ISMS).

For more information, join us at the 27k Summit or visit our site at: www.ismscloud.com

 

 


Azure Managed Services and Remote Administrative Services served up by new Account Execs at Project Hosts

September 30, 2015

We’re excited to announce that we’ve brought two new account executives on board to focus on supporting enterprise customers with our new Managed Services and our Custom Cloud Hosting services. This week we’re welcoming Rachael and Regis, both of whom have joined the sales team at Project Hosts. Rachael and Regis are meeting the needs of enterprise IT organizations for Managed Services in the customer’s own Azure-based subscription for SharePoint, Project Server or Dynamics CRM. They are also supporting enterprise IT departments and in-house SharePoint administrative teams by offering additional, remote support staff to meet the growing demand for SharePoint user management, application support and configuration services across on-prem, public and private SharePoint deployments.  You can reach Rachael and Regis at sales@projecthosts.com

Here’s a little more about our new Managed Services offerings –

azure-managed-servicesAzure is an exceptional cloud platform that enterprises can use to spin-up new Windows Server-based application deployments with minimal effort.  Some enterprise organizations however, lack the cloud expertise and IT staff necessary to ensure that their Azure-based SaaS deployments deliver the most secure, high performance, 24×7 trouble-free operation with full user support services. Project Hosts’ Azure Managed Services fills the current gap that many enterprise IT organizations have in managing their Azure deployments – including Application Security Management, Continuous Monitoring & Performance Optimization, and User Support. Project Hosts is directly applying its more than 12 years of Microsoft hosting and cloud services for SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server and dozens of third party add-ons and applications to help solve this problem, and relieve enterprises of what’s considered a time-consuming and costly endeavor.  Find out more at Azure Managed Services.

remote-administrator-servicesAnnounced at Ignite 2015, our SharePoint Administrative Service fills the current gap that many organizations have in managing their SharePoint environment, thus preventing their users from adopting and realizing the full value of this powerful collaborative platform. Our Remote SharePoint Administrator service includes three essential services: SharePoint user management, SharePoint application support and SharePoint configuration services.  Find out more at Remote SharePoint Administrator Services.


Cloud Managed Services through Project Hosts saves your company time and money

August 27, 2015

RemoteSPAdminServcs_ArtHaving an effective administrator who manages all things “Application Management” is an asset many enterprises either lack or have developed and lost to employee turnover. Fortunately, Project Hosts is now using over 12 years of Microsoft Enterprise Software and hosting practices to offer Corporations and Government agencies Cloud Managed Services.

Remote Application Services such as SharePoint and Project Server Administrator services fills the current gap that many organizations have managing their SharePoint and/or Project Server environments. Project Hosts’ admins manage hundreds of application environments, following industry best practices for your organization. This frees your organization from training an admin and instead gives you the administrative assistance your company needs right away.

Azure-Managed-Services2Azure Managed Services answers the need that many companies have in managing their Azure environment, including security management, continuous monitoring, performance optimization and user support. We can provide the ongoing Application Management Services which can be time-consuming and quite costly for your team to perform.

Visit us at: Here for Remote SharePoint Services and Here for Azure Managed Services.

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