HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that handles protected health information (PHI) must ensure that strict protocols and protective security measures are adhered to. But maintaining the HIPAA standards of security over electronic information can be difficult especially with outdated storage systems.
Data Governance policies play a key role in all organisations that handle digital information. Ensuring you have strong Data Governance policies is one thing, but how do you implement them? Being unable to implement them properly exposes your company to threats, whether they be internal, or external.
Object Storage is the way forward for all your storage needs, it’s adaptable meaning it grows with your storage needs, it’s economical, being that you only pay for what you need, but it does also have a number of drawbacks. Object Storage is not easily accessible to end users, and often it lacks auditing controls, which can open your business up to a whole range of problems around security and governance of data.
So what do you do? Struggle on with Block storage that is often increasingly difficult to enlarge when your company grows? Or move to Object storage and struggle to keep control over your data?
Update Feb 14 2016: Amazon Cloud Drive is now a supported cloud provider for personal cloud users see: https://blog.storagemadeeasy.com/amazon-cloud-drive-is-now-available-to-sme-personal-cloud-users/
Amazon have made some changes on access to their Cloud Drive which means that we will no longer be able to support this as a Cloud Provider as they do not wish external systems to interact with the data contained.
Existing users of this provider are likely to find that they will no longer be able to access their files using this provider. The Amazon Cloud Provider will remain as part of an account until it is removed. It will not be then accessible and it will not be accessible from new accounts from today.
If Amazon change their policy on this then we will re-introduce it.
Zotero is a firefox plug-in that is an easy to use research tool that aids in gathering, organising, and analysing sources. You can choose to store documents, notes and screenshots that you take directly with Zotero or you can choose to use another WebDav resource.
Of course SMEStorage provides CloudDav, WebDav over any Cloud we support, even if the underlying Cloud does not support WebDav. If you enable CloudDav for your SMEStorage account you can use it with Zotero as follows:
We’ve updated our Linux Cloud Tools which include a virtual drive and sync to 2.12 which solves some bugs and also adds support for 64 bit Operating Systems.