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Online Tech Hosts Webinar on Cloud Computing in EHR/RCM Systems

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Online Tech is hosting an educational webinar on cloud computing vs. traditional server-based EHR (electronic health records) and RCM (revenue cycle management) systems on March 13, Tuesday 2 P.M. ET. This webinar is for healthcare organizations that have questions about how to maintain compliance with HIPAA in their current hosting configuration and the risks involved with outsourcing your infrastructure to cloud-based HIPAA compliant hosting.

During this free educational webinar, Satish Malnaik, CEO of NextServices, and April Sage, Director of Healthcare Vertical for Online Tech, will discuss the following questions: Should new systems be hosted in-house? Do I outsource just the EHR/RCM system or the entire solution as a platform? Are clouds safer or riskier for PHI security? What about for PHI availability?

Satish Malnaik is an entrepreneurial enthusiast, CEO and Co-Founder of NextServices, a company that enables seamless healthcare delivery by providing an innovative platform that blends technology, healthcare analytics and knowledge-based services for medical facilities and providers.

April Sage has been involved in the IT industry for over two decades, initially founding a technology program in the pre-Windows era teaching DOS, WordPerfect, and FoxPro. In 2000, April founded a bioinformatics company that supported biotech, pharma, and bioinformatic companies in the development of research portals, drug discovery search engines, and other software systems.

Online Tech has hosted over 20 webinars in the last two years and this is their sixth focusing specifically on Health IT. To view the slides and video recording of previously recorded webinars please click here.

To learn more about the webinar and to register, please click here.

About Online Tech

Online Tech (www.OnlineTech.com) is the leader insecure and compliant hosting servicesincludingprivate cloud hosting,managed cloud hosting,hybrid cloud hosting,managed dedicated servers,disaster recoveryand offsite backupservices, andMichigan colocation. Online Techs legacy of independentHIPAA,PCI,SAS 70 Type II,SSAE 16 Type II (SOC 1),SOC 2, andSOC 3audits and reports ensures the security, privacy, and availability expected of a trusted service organization. For more information, call(877) 740-5028or emailcontactus@onlinetech.com.

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Hosting.com Enhances Backup Capabilities to Deliver Leading-Edge Data Recovery Solution for Businesses Any Size …

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Hosting.com, a leading provider of enterprise-class, high-availability cloud hosting and recovery services, today announced the launch of Enterprise Backup. The solution provides local and remote backup from any location and delivers dramatically shorter backup windows and rapid recovery options. Combined with a pay-as-you-go model, Enterprise Backup provides a level of backup that small- and medium-size businesses were previously unable to achieve.

In todays constantly connected environment, companies cant afford downtime. By providing both local and remote backup, Enterprise Backup delivers both fast restoration and the protection offered by geographical diversity, said Jim Potter, Vice President of Product Management at Hosting.com. With the affordable pricing model, businesses of all sizes can feel confident their critical data is always there for recovery during a system-impacting event or disaster.

Enterprise Backup uses highly-redundant, fast storage architectures to deliver recovery four-times faster than tape backups. Using Hosting.coms Customer Portal, customers are in control of system restores, initiating file downloads, and accessing historical data. The Enterprise Backup solution provides bare-metal and file-level backup and gives customers the flexibility to backup from any location: customer premises, colocation facility, or Hosting.com data center. Customers are billed only for the data they backup allowing companies of all sizes to have complete data protection.

Hosting.com is the only provider offering a managed backup solution that remotely backs up systems from a customers site,” Potter adds. The Enterprise Backup solution represents the next-generation of backup solutions and signifies our commitment to providing reliable, fast, and affordable enterprise recovery for companies of all sizes in all locations.

For more information please visit http://www.hosting.com/managed-data-backup/enterprise-backup

About Hosting.com

Hosting.com provides next-generation cloud hosting and recovery services to ensure their customers mission-critical applications are Always On.The companys geographically dispersed data centers and Cloud Supersites, coupled with the industrys top networking and connectivity technologies, provide the highest levels of availability, recovery, security, and responsiveness.The most recognized names in SaaS, Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, and Government repeatedly rely on Hosting.coms portfolio of dedicated hosting, cloud hosting, and backup and recovery solutions to deliver the business continuity advantages they require.

Hosting.com currently operates PCI Level 1 cloud and dedicated infrastructures and SAS 70 Type II certified data centers in Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Irvine, CA; Louisville, KY; Newark, DE; and San Francisco, CA.

All Hosting.com products and services are supported by 24×7 live expert technical support through toll-free telephone, email, and online chat.

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Steve VanRoekel Keynote, NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop IV – Video


13-11-2011 17:05 Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel gives his second speech in that role at the November 2-4, 2011 Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg. MD. At the event NIST announces the public draft of the US Government Cloud Computing Roadmap. VanRoekel recognizes NIST’s leadership in developing cloud interoperability, portabilty and standards and provides information on the status of FedRAMP.

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New Key Technology Simplifies Data Encryption in the Cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated.

The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it.

Startup security company Porticor just released a solution that addresses the concern about data at rest in the cloud. Porticor offers a split key encryption solution where the cloud customer is the only one who knows the master key. What’s more, Porticor handles all the complexity of encrypting data so the customer barely needs to think about it. The security and convenience is all in the unique implementation of key management.

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The fundamental problem of encrypting data in the cloud is where to store the keys. The customer can’t store the keys on a disk in the cloud because they could be vulnerable to hackers. The customer could allow a vendor to store its keys, but that means putting trust in a third party. The customer could bring the keys back into his own data center, but that seems to defeat the purpose of outsourcing data center services to the cloud. Porticor now offers an alternative for key management that is both simple and secure.

Porticor’s approach is based on the concept of the safe deposit box that has two keys — one for the customer and the other for the banker, or in this case, the Porticor Virtual Key Management Service. Just like the safe deposit box, the customer can’t decrypt the data without the key held by Porticor, and Porticor can’t decrypt the data without the master key held by the customer. In practice, the customer actually has one key per project, which is usually an application. Porticor has thousands of keys, one for each file or disk belonging to that project. Still, the keys must pair up in order to provide access to the encrypted data.

Beyond the keys being split between the customer and Porticor, the unique part of the solution is the keys themselves are encrypted by the customer’s master key, which only the customer holds and knows. As a result, Porticor holds project keys but the vendor can’t read them because they are encrypted. By encrypting the “banker” keys with the customer master key, Porticor gives the customer complete mitigation of end data protection. The customer must write down the master key and literally store it in a steel box. Once that is done, no one in the world other than the steel box ever sees the key. (Another option is to put the master key in an escrow service.)

Architecturally, the Porticor solution sits between the cloud based server and storage, ensuring that every bit of data between the servers and the storage is encrypted and every bit of data moving from storage to the servers is decrypted for customer initiated processes. The piece in the middle is the heart of the Portico solution, the Virtual Private Data (VPD) application. VPD is a virtual appliance that encrypts any disk or storage array with encryption algorithms such as AES-256. VPD retrieves the “banker” keys as well as requesting from the customer its key.

Porticor says this is military-grade security since only one party — the customer — holds the master key to unlock the data. (Hint: Don’t lose the master key or you’re up the creek without a paddle.) The master key only needs to be brought out of the steel vault when the entire server cluster is rebooted, which should be a rare occurrence. When new application servers are created, they inherit the encryption automatically through the VPD.

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Cloud computing 'made in Germany' stirs debate at CeBIT

When it comes to cars or machines, “made in Germany” is seen worldwide as a sign of quality, but some firms are now extending it to “cloud computing”, the buzzword at this year’s CeBIT tech fair.

It may seem paradoxical to impose borders on this multi-billion-dollar industry, which allows users to store data remotely rather than on individual machines, but this is exactly the aim of Deutsche Telekom.

The head of the German communications giant, Rene Obermann, told visitors to the CeBIT this year that “the ‘German Cloud’ could present a competitive advantage for us.”

Why? In a word, security.

Having lived through first a Nazi dictatorship, then a Communist one, Germans are especially sensitive when it comes to data protection and Deutsche Telekom hopes to leverage this to its advantage.

“In Germany, the data protection laws are very strict. But several operators do not come from Germany and do not adhere to these standards,” said Obermann.

He is aiming at the 3.6 million prosperous German small and medium sized firms who have not yet taken the leap to storing their data using cloud computing. Only 12 percent have done so.

“It’s an enormous potential,” said Obermann, vaunting the advantage of his firm’s 30 giant servers or “datacenters” across Germany.

However, Sergei Schlotthauer, head of the German IT security lobby Egosecure, accused Deutsche Telekom of “playing on people’s fears.”

“For me it makes no difference. Our clients are well aware that with the Internet it is difficult to localise something,” he said.

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Dome9 Security Launches Free Cloud Security For Unlimited Number Of Servers

SAN MATEO, Calif. March 7, 2012 Dome9 Security, the leading provider of cloud security firewall management for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and virtual private servers (VPS), today announced Dome9 Lite Cloud a powerful new free cloud security service that provides centralized firewall management for an unlimited number of servers and clouds in virtual private, cloud, collocated, and hosted environments. Starting today, the service is available at no cost via http://www.dome9.com/LiteCloud.

Today there are more than 30 million cloud servers in use, and most are vulnerable to attack because their built-in security stacks such as the host firewall are too difficult to manage. For the first time, developers and administrators can simplify security management for an unlimited number of servers, including secure access to any server in any cloud, by using Dome9 absolutely free.

Dome9s Lite Cloud offers GUI-based firewall management for an unlimited number of Windows and Linux servers and clouds. The free Lite Cloud service makes it simple to scale security to any sized infrastructure and ensure cloud server firewalls are not misconfigured or left unmanaged and exposed to brute force attacks and exploit vulnerabilities. It includes features such as activity logging and auditing, support for multiple administrators, and Dome9 Security Groups; and is fully expandable to Dome9s Business Cloud service, which offers many expanded capabilities. Using Dome9s centralized GUI-based approach, IT teams can avoid the hassle of individually managing IP tables or the Windows firewall, and secure access to any cloud server.

Dome9 is launching the new Lite Cloud free service to ensure that every cloud server has the necessary baseline level of security, said Dave Meizlik, Dome9 VP of Marketing and Business Development. Security is the number one concern among cloud adopters, and now Dome9 has taken price out of the equation to ensure every cloud server is secured, with absolutely no limit to the number of servers you can protect.

Since Dome9 is an on-demand security management service, signup and setup take less than five minutes and do not require a credit card. New customers of Dome9s free Lite Cloud service receive the enhanced features of Dome9s Business Cloud service for 30 days, including Dome9s patent-pending Secure Access Lease technology providing 1-click, time-based access to any server and cloud. Lite Cloud customers can seamlessly upgrade to Dome9s Business Cloud with just a few clicks and for just 4 cents per hour per server.

Dome9 Security is the only cloud security service to automate cloud firewall management for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and Virtual Private Servers (VPS), across all platforms. Dome9 closes a critical gap in todays cloud computing server security ports such as SSH, RDP, and MYSQL left open so administrators can connect to and manage their cloud servers. This common practice leaves servers vulnerable to hackers who need only guess the correct username and password or exploit any protocol vulnerability to gain unauthorized control of a server. Dome9 secures all administrative ports for all servers and clouds enabling secure access, on-demand. Its key innovation is the ability to provide secure access leasing dynamically generated, time-based secure access to cloud servers which enables customers to close all server administrative ports by default.

About Dome9 Security

Dome9, the leader in cloud security management, automates and centralizes cloud firewall management across all servers and clouds. Available for both enterprises and hosting providers, and as a free offering, Dome9 supports clouds, VPS, dedicated servers, and Amazons EC2 Security Groups, across all major operating systems and service providers. Dome9 is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with U.S. offices in San Mateo, Calif., and is venture backed by Opus Capital Ventures. For more information, visit: http://www.dome9.com/.

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Could the digital 'cloud' crash?

By Steven McIntosh Newsbeat reporter

When Megaupload was taken down last month, users around the world lost access to files they had uploaded.

The site was shut down by prosecutors in the US after it was claimed users were illegally sharing music and movies, costing copyright holders an estimated $500m (315m).

But many people used the site legally to share personal files such as photos and documents.

It’s now becoming more common for users to store their files online in what’s referred to as “the cloud”.

But how safe is cloud storage when prosecutors can close down massively popular websites without warning?

While certain sites or servers could be closed down, it would be practically impossible for the cloud as a whole to crash.

Rik Ferguson from internet security company Trend Micro says: “The cloud, much like the internet, is not one single system reliant on one single connection. For the whole cloud to disappear is pretty much inconceivable.”

However, it is possible for individual cloud servers to fail as a result of physical damage to the hardware.

Will Shenton from Bedford, says he stands to lose hours of audio from his work as a DJ and producer.

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Computer Basics: What is the Cloud? – Video


07-03-2012 13:55 http://www.GCFLearnFree.org You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing, or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Basically, the cloud is the internet – more specifically, it’s all of the things that you can access remotely over the internet. When something is in the cloud, that means it is stored on servers on the internet, instead of on your computer. It lets you access your calendar, email, files and more, from any computer that has an internet connection. There are many reasons to use the cloud, but the main reasons are convenience and reliability. In the past, if you wanted to bring a file with you, you would have to save it to a USB flash drive, external hard drive, or CD-R disc. Saving a file to the cloud ensures that you’ll be able access it with any computer that has an internet connection, so you don’t have any physical media to keep track of. The cloud also makes it much easier to share a file with coworkers or friends, making it possible to collaborate over the internet. With the cloud, you’re much less likely to lose your data, since it is stored on servers. However, just like anything online, there is always a risk that someone may try to gain access to your personal data, so it’s important to choose a strong password and pay attention to any privacy settings for the service you’re using. To learn more about the cloud, watch the following video.

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08-03-2012 17:54 cloudhostingproviders.com.au Cloud Hosting Providers offer a new approach to web hosting which can boost your site’s speed and help it cope with surges in traffic. Cloud Web Hosting uses a cloud of thousands of servers to host your website, meaning that it can hope with huge volumes of traffic, and won’t crash due to hardware failures. Best of all, you only pay for what you use, so your site can be prepared for a huge burst of traffic but when its quiet you aren’t paying for a dedicated server. Find out more at Cloud Hosting Providers: we review cloud web hosting services and compare cloud hosting to traditional web hosting such as shared hosting, VPS and dedicated server hosting. We also place special emphasis on Australian Cloud Hosting Services cloudhostingproviders.com.au

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4t Networks Offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for Cloud Hosting

ATLANTA, GA, March 09, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ 4t Networks would like to announce that it now offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for Cloud hosting services clients.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a Linux based operating system created by Red Hat, which creates an accessible Linux environment for commercial users. RHEL6 provides users with excellent resource management, integrated security features, and the stability of Red Hats industry leading production and development.

We are as excited as our clients to add the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to our catalogue, says Kevin Gray, President of 4t Networks. Linux is a great platform, and RHEL 6 is the latest in a line of Red Hat products that have made Linux accessible and useful to hosting users.

4t Networks provides Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to its Cloud Virtual Machine hosting clients. Cloud Machines from 4t Networks come with a deep dedication to superior customer service, the flexibility of customizing your server or machine to your companys needs, and the convenience of no long-term contracts. In addition to this, hosting clients receive the security of 4t Networks top of the line data center and 24/7 technical support.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is just one of the ways you can customize your Cloud Virtual Machine with 4t Networks. Your company can custom engineer your own Cloud Machine with the software your company uses, as a part of your virtual hosting services through 4t Networks.

To learn more about Cloud Hosting with 4t Networks, please go to http://www.4tnetworks.com/.

About 4t Networks

4t Networks is a managed virtual hosting company based out of metro Atlanta. Since 2004, 4t Networks has been providing the world with the very best in virtual private servers, cloud hosting and email hosting. Superior customer service, a top tier data center and dedicated server virtual space make 4t Networks the best choice in virtual hosting for your VPS, Cloud machine, and email hosting needs. With customizable data and usage plans, you can always get the dedicated server space your company requires from 4t Networks.

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