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Understanding the Importance of Secure Colocation for Healthcare Organizations

Just a few months into 2017, the world experienced the WannaCry ransomware attack, the largest and most sophisticated cyberattack in history. WannaCry locked hundreds of thousands of computers across more than 150 countries, resulting in critical downtime and financial losses for companies across a wide range of industries. Among the most significant victims, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) found itself in a precarious situation as they were forced to shut down multiple healthcare facilities, canceling critical operations and diverting emergency patients to other clinics. It was a waking nightmare for all those involved, but one that could have been avoided.

As cyberattacks continue to increase in both size and frequency, it’s impossible to overstate the importance for healthcare IT organizations to ensure their data centers are fully secure and prepared for the worst. The ways in which hospitals now create, store and share data has become almost completely digitized, making healthcare organizations particularly vulnerable to security breaches. In fact, the healthcare industry is a primary target for many cybercriminals, as medical information is even more valuable than financial or personal information.

Though arguably the most significant threat, cyberattacks aren’t the only thing putting healthcare organizations’ data security at risk. Physical security at the facility itself is critical to effectively safeguard sensitive healthcare data against malicious encounters. To be fully secure, healthcare organizations can’t focus exclusively on virtual security, but must also ensure that their colocation provider can deliver a high level of physical security on-site. These physical threats — including extreme weather events, seismic disturbances, terrorism and even simple human error, such as leaving entry points unlocked — hinder an organization’s ability to store and retrieve data with confidence in its availability.

For added peace of mind, Sabey Data Centers provide multiple layers of security, starting at our facilities’ entrances right up to the single rack. These security measures include CCTV monitoring throughout the building, man traps with dual authentication access, ballistic-rated building access points, and locked data halls, cages and cabinets with card readers to prevent unauthorized access. And because unanticipated elements such as air temperature, humidity, water or coolant leaks, electrical or material fire, and even hazardous airborne contaminants can create potential vulnerabilities if not immediately mitigated, Sabey also provides critical environment monitoring and on-site security personnel 24/7.

By colocating at HIPAA/HITECH-certified Sabey Data Centers, customers can rest assured that they will receive solid mission-critical infrastructure managed by a highly skilled and responsive team, ensuring the maintenance of data security and business continuity. Sabey’s scalable, custom-built solutions include data center ready powered shell and wholesale colocation/turnkey data centers managed by our award-winning critical environment operations team. In addition, all Sabey facilities undergo rigorous auditing under SSAE 16 (SOC1) Type II standards, ensuring that both physical and virtual security remain top priority.