Green House Data, a U.S. provider of data center services including cloud hosting, colocation, and disaster recovery, has announced that its three Washington state data centers have passed their first annual compliance audits to meet HIPAA standards for informational controls, reporting, and security.
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, includes measures that health agencies must take to protect electronic health data, including a rigorous examination of physical security, administrative process, and technical safeguards.
Linford and Co, LLP independently audited the data centers located in Everett, Wash; Bellingham, WA; and Seattle’s Westin Building Exchange. By passing this audit, Green House Data can now provide HIPAA compliant cloud and colocation in these Washington facilities.
“The certification of our Washington data delivers on our goal of universal compliance across all of our data center locations and services,” said Shawn Mills, CEO of Green House Data. “We want companies of all industries to feel comfortable hosting their data and applications with us, whether they need something as specific a Business Associate Agreement for healthcare information or just peace of mind that their e-mail and cloud storage is secure.”
SSAE 16 Type II
Along with HIPAA certification, Linford and Co examined and passed Green House Data’s three data centers in the Washington area for SSAE 16 Type II compliance. The SSAE 16 Type II standard includes SOC 1 and SOC 2 certification and is considered essential for service organizations that will host financial and other sensitive data. While there is no independent auditing standard in place, the company would also meet the requirements for PCI-DSS compliant hosting, mandatory for all companies who will handle credit card information.
“For industries with strong security or compliance concerns, Green House Data IT infrastructure now offers a solid option for hosting on the West Coast, as well as from our flagship in Cheyenne, Wyoming,” added Mr. Mills.