DENVER, Dec. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HOSTING, a leader in cloud computing and database services since 1997, has successfully completed an outside independent audit of data security compliance and control processes required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The formal third-party HIPAA compliance assessment, rare in the cloud computing industry, gives HOSTING a competitive advantage as the firm positions itself to grow its client base in the healthcare industry, according to Trent Baker, Compliance Manager at Denver-based HOSTING.
"The importance of a laser-focus on absolute data security is a baseline requirement of doing business in the healthcare field," said Baker. "Achieving HIPAA compliance is clear evidence that we truly understand the security concerns of an industry required by law to protect critical consumer data and the privacy of millions of Americans."
The HOSTING examination that led to compliance with HIPAA data security standards was administered by the professional audit staff at 360 Advanced, a national Qualified Security Assessor and Certified Public Accountant firm based in Tampa, FL.
As clear evidence of its dedication to data security, HOSTING also has historically achieved compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) and the Service Organization Controls (SOC or SAS 70) standards.
Baker explained that because of the level of expertise in data security process controls that HOSTING maintains, the firm can offer its clients HOSTING Compliance as a Service® (HCaaS). In that process, HOSTING compliance experts work with client auditors to help clients achieve their own levels of compliance in PCI, SOC and HIPAA.
"Our collaboration with auditors and clients throughout the audit process is very unique in the cloud industry and a major differentiator for us," said Baker.
HOSTING is the only cloud services provider offering a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), a process in which HOSTING stands by and assists healthcare clients that may be undergoing an audit under HIPAA security rules.
HOSTING delivers secure, compliant, always-on cloud solutions that empower companies to increase their revenues, reduce their expenses and manage their risk. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, HOSTING owns and operates six geographically-dispersed data centers under an ITIL-based control environment validated for compliance against HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOC (formerly SAS 70) frameworks. For more information, please visit HOSTING.com.
ABOUT 360 Advanced, Inc.
Known for its responsiveness, collaboration, experience and professionalism, 360 Advanced, Inc. has clients in more than 35 states that are major service providers in various industries, including cloud and SaaS based organizations. 360 Advanced is one of only a few specialized firms in the U.S. that assist service providers as their independent assessor in developing, maintaining and communicating security and compliance to their clients.
360 Advanced's services are provided, but not limited to, the following industries: Hosted and Managed IT, Data Center and Colocation, Software as a Service (SaaS), Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance, HR | Payroll | PEO, Legal and Collections, Bulk Mail Printing and Distribution, Business Process Outsourcing and Marketing.
Services provided by 360 Advanced include SOC 1 (SSAE 16), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA Security/HITECH, Microsoft Vendor Policy (MSSPA) and other security and compliance services.