How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical

Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations.  However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues.  I suspect it was the...

By Logicworks, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Can managed services balance BYOD security and compliance concerns?

BYOD security is and has been a major point of interest (perhaps hype) in IT for some time now. The desire for employees to use their own smartphones and devices frames an opportunity for businesses to cut capital expenses and increase efficiency. Despite the potential upsides, and while there are many companies that have come to embrace such an approach, there are major hurdles where security and compliance are concerned.

As an added layer of complexity, many companies are also balancing the cloud and network...

By Logicworks, 07 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, Vendors.

Obamacare goes live: Healthcare cloud computing in action

Today marks the opening of the online enrollment of government-approved health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

As we previously explored, though the law has been a lightning rod for partisan controversy and bickering, one undeniably positive impact of the law has been its emphasis on utilizing burgeoning IT approaches for healthcare, including cloud computing, to enable more people to access insurance coverage.

As

By Logicworks, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How healthcare cloud computing can save millions as regulations change

By David LinthicumWe all know that cloud computing provides business agility.  For many enterprises, that means they have the ability to keep up with new and emerging markets.  In the world of healthcare, cloud computing also provides the ability to keep up with ever-changing regulations.

This double value that healthcare cloud computing brings is rather interesting, given that many in healthcare are suspicious of the value of...

By Logicworks, 25 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Trends.

Is cloud computing meeting its expectations?

One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching to cloud and what they get can feel problematically let-down-ish.

So what does the internet think?

By Logicworks, 24 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Trends.

Understanding the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare

By David LinthicumContinuing our discussion from my last blog in July, perhaps it’s helpful to drive deeper into security approaches and technology for use within clouds that serve the healthcare vertical.  We’ll start by focusing on the fundamentals of cloud security for healthcare.  However, some of this is transferable to other verticals as well.

First fundamental: Understand the data that will reside in the...

By Logicworks, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Trends.

Before the breach: Cloud breach response best practices

One of the most difficult and damaging events that can occur for any business’ infrastructure is a breach. However, breaches occur when proper planning hasn’t gone into an infrastructure contingency plan.

There are several areas of consideration that need to be fully planned for before any IT strategy and data objectives can be balanced in the face of a potential breach: whether technical, HR, or compliance, have a response plan for each area is necessary before any problem ever arises.

In this...

By Logicworks, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Are hidden costs dampening cloud computing benefits?

Cloud adoption is not a straight line proposition. It is increasingly the main push for many organizations looking to upgrade their IT strategy. A major reason for the shift includes the cloud’s obvious benefits; another reasoning stems from the fact that older IT models simply cannot deliver the speed and agility necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.

However, just because cloud is new and popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t require as much or more work than existing systems. With an...

By Logicworks, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SLA.

Is hosted private cloud the future of cloud infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.

When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds.

A recent Business Technology Roundtable

By Logicworks, 09 September 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private.

What are the best practices for cloud governance within healthcare?

When you think of cloud computing in the healthcare vertical, you also have to think of security and governance.  Indeed, the need to control and secure healthcare data in the cloud is a big issue, and thus cloud governance is critical.

On the whole, cloud computing needs governance to succeed.  If you think about it, at the end state of the cloud computing implementation, we’ll have thousands of services and data elements under management.  To control how they are accessed, added,...

By Logicworks, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

5 ways CIOs should measure the cloud

The choice to move to cloud is becoming clearer every day. But the choices within that decision are becoming more fraught as the marketplace develops and a wider selection of delivery models and platforms.

The onus is also increasingly falling on CIOs to be the chief decision makers with regards to how cloud should fit within the organization.

Here are a few measures for how to best determine what cloud will be best for your business.

The technology

The component pieces of the cloud provider’s technology need...

By Logicworks, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, VMware.