Datacenters are virtual goldmines containing sensitive information. They need to be audited to validate their reliability and security, and to ensure that compliance standards are met. While a datacenter by itself is just a physical structure where data is stored, audits are performed and certifications are provided for the applications hosted in it. In this blog, we'll talk about some of the data security certifications that your organization needs to maintain compliance with the latest standards.
Any organization, irrespective of the industry, looking to consistently provide products and services that show continuous improvement and meet customer requirements can apply for a quality certification. ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. It is a process-based standard that defines the results your end product or service should meet.
Information security is a chief concern for all organizations today. If organizations are vulnerable to security attacks, they'll lose their customer base, which can prove costly for any business. Here are some of the certifications that are necessary for different industry verticals.
For any security conscious software as a service (SaaS) business, System and Organization Control (SOC) compliance for service organizations is the highest degree of excellence. SOC evaluates internal controls and procedures that are relevant to protecting client data. It certifies the security, availability, and process integrity of the systems used to process customer data.
It also concerns the confidentiality and privacy of the information processed. There are three types of certificates, namely SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3. Let's briefly look at what each of them certify.
SOC 1 assesses an organization's financial control nexus to the internal controls of financial reporting (ICFR). It is designed to review a company's processes on how well they're keeping their books of accounts.
SOC 2 is most widely recognized, as it is designed for the growing number of technology and cloud computing entities. SOC 2 examines how effective an organization's control is over one or more of the five Trust Service Criteria (TSC), which are security, availability, process integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.
There are two types of SOC 2:
SOC 3 is a comprehensive summary of SOC 2 without the sensitive information. It can be shared publicly without an NDA. This way, vendors can communicate the effectiveness of their control processes without having to disclose the technical information that goes into it.
Organizations within the healthcare industry looking to protect the confidentiality and integrity of health information must comply with HIPAA as per the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
Health information protected under HIPAA includes medical test results, diagnoses, treatment information, prescription information, biometric details, national identification numbers, and demographic information such as birth dates, gender, ethnicity, and contact and emergency contact information.
This is the internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Any organization that wants to communicate with its stakeholders that it has adequate technical measures in place for the information security management process can apply to be certified.
Merchants, financial institutions, vendors, and any other role or organization that processes payments needs to get certified with PCI DSS to implement standards for creating secure payment solutions.
Any organization, regardless of its activity or sector, can assure external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved. ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.
This standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. Organizations and companies find that using this standard helps them:
Site24x7, a part of Zoho Corp, has strict security compliance processes in place. You can see the list of certifications we've obtained here.