Certifications in the Cloud: What Should You Look For in an IT Provider?

Nov 1, 2018

Every IT infrastructure should be reviewed annually by an external source. If independent firms don’t test your network and require certain thresholds be met, you can’t be sure your data is safe. Network Alliance loves to feature our compliance certifications to prove that your data is as safe as possible with us!

If it’s not certified, is it even secure? (Source: AICPA)

In an SOC 2 Type 1 audit, IT infrastructures are tested for confidentiality and privacy. These are important for organizational oversight, vendor management programs, and risk management processes. A clean SOC 2 Type 1 audit means your company handles important and confidential information in the best possible manner. We have that certification.

Network Alliance is certified in several other areas, including meeting HIPAA compliance standards, so health records can be handled by our cloud-computing services. Meeting HIPAA standards is a tall order, for sure, but there’s nothing more personal than your health records, and we believe you can’t be too safe. HIPAA’s security page says its major goal is to “protect the privacy of individuals’ health information while allowing covered entities to adopt new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.” At Network Alliance, we help medical practices with multiple locations transfer data between offices safely and securely.

We’ve covered healthcare and financial systems so far, but we’re not done yet! We also have NIST SP 800-171 certification, a serious test of a network’s ability to protect “unclassified information in nonfederal systems and organizations.” This test ensures your data is safe from end to end during transmission and storage. And, in case you conduct credit card transactions in the Network Alliance cloud, we’ve obtained PCI DSS certification, required for any organization that accepts, transmits, or stores any cardholder data. Even if you conduct only one transaction a year, this certification ensures you’re working on a system up to the challenge of handling data safely and securely.

We know there’s a lot of  technical jargon connected to these certifications. But we’re sharing to say that no matter what kind of business you conduct, we’re here to protect your data and have the certifications that prove it. You can’t be too careful in the world of IT!