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How safe is your member data in the cloud?

How safe is your member data in the cloud?

With all the buzz around data breaches these days, its something that many are concerned about. It can be quite confusing and its often misunderstood. That being said, data security is an integral part of doing business in this technology-driven age. Without it, companies can face fines, loss of consumer confidence, and other negative effects.

We wanted to break down for you the things to consider with data security and show you how we keep your data extremely secure, so you can have peace of mind. Heres our breakdown of what you need to know about our data security.

 

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

An effective PaaS should offer a highly customizable, easy to use cloud-based business management solution to enterprises and companies of all sizes. They empower organizations to engage with their communities, provide access to real-time data - to make informed decisions - and much more. See PerfectMinds feature page, for a better idea of some of what PaaS has to offer. That being said, whenever consumer data is stored online, data security should be of high concern.

 

Consequences of a Breach

There are many things that happen when a data breach occurs. The reputation of the organization is jeopardized, with consumers not feeling safe with their data being on your servers. Your clientsfinancial accounts may have to be changed or updated, causing an inconvenience for them, as well as potential for identity fraud or fraudulent charges. If the hackers want to, they could also shut down your site: resulting in lost revenue and business. Additionally, there is potential for fines, lawsuits, and more. Obviously, these are things that are worth avoiding.

 

Service Provider Security

According to Gartner Inc., the market for cloud-security services is expected to reach nearly $4 billion in revenue, in 2016: up from $2.1 billion last year. As more businesses move to the cloud, it’s essential that companies work with partners that understand best practices for cloud security and provide transparency when it comes to their solutions. PerfectMind has both a dedicated and a shared environment. Clients have their dedicated databases that are individually encrypted. Controls such as ITIL Security Management and ITSM Change Management are in effect. The financial information, passwords, and other sensitive information is encrypted in the system and saved as encrypted in the databases. The keys are only accessible to select development team members. More secure encryption can be provided if required. Access to encrypted secure data is also limited to select group within the company that is reviewed and revoked periodically.

Additionally, all access logs and database logs are available for review and tier-3 and development team members can help with tracking any breach. We take security very seriously and have monitors in place to catch unwanted access, while taking every precaution to avoid security holes. PerfectMind offers a complete audit log that tracks all changes within the system for clients, activities and facilities which keeps record of anyone that made the change as well as all details of the change such as time and date.

 

Compliance to PCI rules and regulations

PerfectMind complies with all PCI rules and regulations on all PerfectMind production servers, with type D PCI-DSS compliance, and achieved through designing a system aligned with the requirements of security of cardholder data. A third party company scans the PerfectMind system quarterly, in order to ensure the security is held. We also self-assesses the SAQ for compliance and do so biannually. These are all done to ensure your data is as safe as can be.

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Whitney Donaldson
Whitney Donaldson

Whitney is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for PerfectMind. She brings four years of marketing and communications experience with a focus in the digital media and technology industries. She has a Marketing Management Certificate from BCIT and an English Literature degree from the University of Victoria. She is an avid runner and swimmer, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors. She is motivated by a good cup of coffee, and conversations that convert a great idea into a reality.

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