Project Hosts Shares a Much Faster Road to FedRAMP for Microsoft ISVs at the U.S. Public Sector FY18 Kickoff and ISU Event

August 2, 2017

pskickoff-headerProject Hosts is proud to be in attendance at Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector FY18 Kickoff and ISU event in Seattle Washington, showcasing it’s Federal Private Cloud, a fully FedRAMP SaaS-level authorized cloud at the Moderate, High and DoD CC SRG 4/5 level.  Project Hosts builds on top of Azure’s IaaS/SaaS FedRAMP compliant platform to ensure that government agencies and ISVs alike are compliant at the required SaaS-level.

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Project Hosts’ Federal Sales Manager, Sean Barkey

Project Hosts works with ISVs, who want to sell their application as a cloud service to U.S. federal and state government agencies. By working with more than 17 ISVs, we know that the FedRAMP process can take you anywhere from 1 to 2 years, and cost upwards of 1 million to 2 million dollars if you do it yourself. The ISV FedRAMP program ensures that your application is 100% FedRAMP compliant and available from a FedRAMP SaaS -level authorized cloud faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Project Hosts’ Federal Private cloud boasts more than 20  applications  for Government agencies  of all types – Federal, State and Local.  Applications include:

  • Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server, TFS, Remote Desktop
  • AvePoint SharePoint Infrastructure Mgmt
  • Birst Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • BrightWork SharePoint Project Mgmt
  • Drawloop Salesforce Document Mgmt
  • Drupal Website/CMS
  • eSignLive e-Signature Solution
  • FlowVU Secure Collaboration Solution
  • Gimmal SharePoint Records Mgmt
  • Innovative-e PPM Reports
  • Joomla! Website/CMS
  • Nintex SharePoint Workflow
  • RMS Property Management
  • UMT360 Enterprise Portfolio Mgmt
  • Urban Turtle SW Development
  • Veritas Office 365 email Archiving
  • WordPress Website/CMS

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Project Hosts Announces ‘Ready-to-Run’ HIPAA/HITRUST Security Containers on Microsoft Azure

July 27, 2017

Ashley_LRG_HIPAAHealthcare Providers and ISVs now have a ready-to-run, HIPAA/HITRUST compliant cloud solution for their software and data, all on the industry leading Microsoft Azure platform. The Azure Security Container, with complete HIPAA/HITRUST compliance, enables healthcare providers to move their on-premises apps and workloads into the cloud, quickly, cleanly and affordably.

To read the entire press release, please click here.

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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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HIPAA/HITRUST Security Containers in Microsoft AZURE

July 13, 2017

Ashley_LRG_HIPAAGetting and maintaining HIPAA/HITRUST security compliance is at the forefront of the Healthcare industry’s migration from on-premises solutions into the cloud.  Non-compliance can mean criminal and civil penalties reaching upwards of $1.5 Million per incident, per year. Eliminating the risk of exposing ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) in the cloud with HIPAA/HITRUST Azure Security Containers also eliminates the risk of such penalties.

Project Hosts is a leader in Azure, with more than a decade of expertise in Healthcare security standards and control methodologies. We’re enabling Healthcare providers to move their on-premises apps and workloads into the cloud with full compliance, quickly, cleanly and affordably –  through our Complete Migration Process and Managed Security Services.

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Project Hosts’ CISO, Scott Chapman

 

For a limited time, Project Hosts is offering a one-hour conversation with Project Hosts’ CISO, Scott Chapman, to help healthcare professionals identify potential gas in their current cloud migration and security plans.

You can register here, or contact Project Hosts via email (info@projecthosts.com) to set up your free consultation today.

 


Compliant (ISO 27001, FedRAMP DoD I/L 4, HIPAA/HITRUST, NIST 800-53) CSP offers Azure Security Management

June 30, 2017

amanda_brent_david_sign_cspAzure takes care of the physical security of their data centers as well as access control and the security surrounding physical devices. But Azure leaves it up to each customer to secure and restrict access to their own virtual servers/subnets, database and web applications. Managing a secure standards-compliant Azure environment requires an IT staff to continuously monitor alerts and threats while managing updates and patches with minimal downtime. These are just a few of the tasks in managing a truly secure Azure environment.

Logging configuration, collection, alerting and reviews are daunting tasks that can take up most of your teams time, or it could all be left to a security compliant CSP who can also handle your OS, DB and application software vulnerability scanning and patching. Project Hosts offers centralized inventory tracking and an alerting system incident response system with periodic testing. Please visit ProjectHosts.com for a complete list of the managed services Project Hosts offers.

Whether your are in healthcare, government or the private sector, your Azure environment can be managed with the proper compliance through Project Hosts.

  • Security: Choose the industry security standard that best suits your business needs and data criticality including ISO 27001, NIST 800-53 and FedRAMP and FedRAMP DoD I/L 4.
  • Integration: With our intelligent cloud integration services, your users will be able to access and navigate seamlessly between multiple cloud service infrastructure, including Azure-based deployments.
  • Support: Backed by our renowned Person-2-Person admin support services and uptime guarantee, our Cloud-Ops managed services will take your business operations to the next level of productivity without breaking the bank.

FedRAMP Websites made Secure through Required FedRAMP Control Families

June 22, 2017

FedRAMP-Websites2Pursuant to a memorandum released in November, 2016 by the US Office of Management and Budget, M-17-06 Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services, Project Hosts’ FedRAMP compliant websites can meet website objectives and recommendations. U.S. federal and state government agencies and enterprise organizations that need a highly secure website and content management system can now use Drupal, Joomla and WordPress for FedRAMP compliant websites with database.

Vulnerability scans, expensive audits and access control are at the forefront of the RA, AU and AC Control Families, which along with 253 additional controls, give Federal and State agencies and their citizens peace of mind when accessing and sharing information over their FedRAMP websites. Project Hosts, Inc. has put together a series of videos going over the various control families necessary to achieve FedRAMP compliance. While some of the control families are industry standard for IT security management, it is the substantial number of controls required in FedRAMP that adds the impenetrable layers of security through FedRAMP Compliance.

FedRAMP_Video_SeriesThe RA- Risk Assessment FedRAMP Security Control Family is primarily about vulnerability scanning on your system.

The AU – Audit and Accountability FedRAMP Security Control Family covers the logging that you must do in you systems to be able to alert you when something is going wrong, or to diagnose incidents. Such audits can cost upwards of $200k annually.

The AC- Access FedRAMP Security Control Family is the largest family with 43 controls. This family of controls covers how you provide control over who accesses your environment and how you authorize that access.

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Trump Signs Executive Order that Infuses More Cash into Apprenticeship Programs in the United States

June 16, 2017

69b82086810047f6ae3f6619ebe3ee2dOn Thursday, June 15 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiative. The order calls for more money and a greater private company role in developing apprenticeship programs meant to fill over 6 million open jobs in the United States.

Steve_LTI_OnRAMP-WebApprenticeships used to be much more common in the United States than they are today; helping train young workers for jobs in a wide range of fields. Today, there are far more job opportunities in technology than there are qualified workers. And that is one of the reasons Project Hosts, Inc, started an “OnRamp Program for Cloud Service Engineers”. Approximately six years ago, Scott Chapman and James Flavin, Co-founders of Project Hosts, Inc. found that they had far more work than they had employees. Instead of leaving Conneautville PA, a small town west of Meadville Pa, for a larger city with a deeper talent pool, the company reached out to the Laurel Technical Institute (LTI) in Meadville, that had launched a IT degree program and began their OnRAMP Program. “It’s worth the investment for us to take people who really wanted to be in that area and learn the skill set. It’s worked out very well for us.” – Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article

Project Hosts, Inc. offers the Cloud Service Engineer Apprentice Program for students attending 2-year and 4-year colleges in the western PA region. This program offers the candidate FULLY PAID Microsoft training, testing and certifications as well as a chance at full-time employment after the 90 day program has concluded. The goal of this program is to enable Project Hosts to meet staffing demands for custom cloud-based Microsoft solutions, Azure based application hosting and security compliant cloud solutions by training students in the western PA region.

 

 


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