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By | January 5th, 2016 | Analytics, Big Data, Hadoop, Security and Compliance

Achieving Regulatory Compliance When Employing Cloud Service Providers

Achieving regulatory compliance can be complicated—especially when using a service provider like Altiscale or Amazon AWS. You may wonder: Is your organization responsible for every aspect of its regulatory compliance when using a service provider? And how does the service provider fit in? Are they responsible for anything and, if so, what? How can your organization make sure your service provider is doing what it’s supposed to?

By | September 30th, 2015 | Security and Compliance

How Altiscale Supports HIPAA Customers’ Compliance Needs

Today Altiscale is announcing the achievement of two major security milestones: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and PCI DSS Level 1 certification. With the addition of HIPAA compliance, Altiscale is making it faster and easier for organizations to adhere to HIPAA standards for data security and privacy, while enabling them to leverage the power of Hadoop for Big Data analytic processing. This reduces risk and accelerates the realization of business value by eliminating many of the difficulties of deploying Hadoop in HIPAA regulated organizations.

By | September 30th, 2015 | Security and Compliance

PCI Compliance: Not Just a Checkbox

Here’s the thing about PCI compliance: you may not technically need it, but you still want it. And now, with Altiscale, you have it. Strictly speaking, the purpose of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is to protect a very narrow set of data called cardholder data1, which is only required or even useful for processing payment transactions. In fact, PCI prohibits storage of any cardholder data unless it is necessary for the explicit purpose of payment processing. Altiscale is not a payment processor. So, to remain compliant with the spirit of PCI, customers generally do not store or process what the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) defines as cardholder data or sensitive authentication data at Altiscale.

By | June 11th, 2015 | Security and Compliance

Understanding Security and Compliance for Data Lakes and Cloud Providers

When using a service provider like Altiscale, customers are naturally very concerned about the safety and availability of their information assets. Many customers would like to perform a detailed security review of each of their service providers. However, as a practical matter, service providers cannot afford to support custom security reviews from hundreds to thousands of customers—and most customers couldn’t realistically afford to perform custom reviews on their many service providers.

By | January 20th, 2015 | Big Data, Security and Compliance

Security Needs to be Demonstrated

Altiscale was founded to bring Hadoop to the enterprise through the Cloud. Most of us come from large Web companies like Yahoo!, Google and LinkedIn. We bring with us a very deep understanding of the technical aspects of cloud security issues and the practical experience of dealing with security threats, ranging from teenage hackers to foreign governments.