Understanding Data Center Compliance

6th June, 2019 by

Keeping our clients’ data secure is our number one priority. We follow rigorous controls which adhere to data center compliances within all of our information technology infrastructure. By doing this, we meet specific standards that allow us to host sensitive information securely.

Data center compliance is not a topic to be taken lightly, especially because most controls required to meet compliance standards are generally best practice efforts for any data center. In this post we will discuss data center compliance, what it means to meet data center compliance controls, and how these controls help us better secure your data.

What does data center compliant mean?

Data center compliances are certificates awarded to data that meet certain criteria of security, redundancy, and safety. For example, a data center must operate at full capacity for a certain amount of time during a power outage, as well as utilize fire suppression measures.

Below are a few of the various certification standards achieved by data centers with a brief description:

HIPAA

This certification refers to standards set by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA was established so that data centers follow Federal Regulations to ensure that the transfer and storage of a patient’s health information are secure.  

PCI DSS

PCI DSS stands for The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and it was created to protect consumers. Every business that processes credit card transactions must follow PCI DSS compliances to protect consumer identity and keep security measures in place at all times.

SOC

SOC stands for System Organization Control and is used to protect financial information during transfer and storage. The certification originated from The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

SSAE 16

SSAE 16 stands for Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements no. 16 and is an auditing standard for various businesses and organizations. This compliance means that a data center meets certified controls to secure and transfer sensitive business data in accordance with SSAE standards.

How does a data center meet compliance standards?

Data centers meet compliance standards by following a rigid set of controls and then requesting an audit. An official member of the certification board visits the data center and ensures that each security or environmental control standard is met before issuing a certification. Once certified, the data center could face a return audit at any time to ensure that certification standards are being upheld.

100TB security standards

100TB data centers are carefully selected based on their proximity to internet exchanges and the risk of natural disasters. Once chosen, our data centers are designed to meet a series of certifications based on the location and demand for services. However, each of our data centers meets the following standards:

Power

Our servers are powered by redundant power distribution units to ensure that electricity does not fluctuate at any time. Servers are backed by fully redundant 2.25-megawatt generators and UPS battery backup in an N+1 configuration to be used should an outage occur.

Security

Data is monitored around the clock through digital video surveillance and on-site security. Our data centers are equipped with strict multi-level access control, including biometric security measures. Industry-leading fire detection and suppression systems are available at all locations.

Cooling

In an effort to maintain hardware functionality and avoid downtime, each of our data centers is equipped with fully redundant, energy efficient raised floors cooling to be sure that servers are kept at optimum temperatures. Learn more about 100TB data centers and data center compliances at 100TB.com.

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