Security

OVERVIEW

Vencentric views security as two-fold, the first being a traditional definition of access controls, strong encryption, and detailed monitoring of both production and development environments. These are time tested industry standard technologies that are easily deployed across our entire infrastructure.

The second is availability and data integrity of the system as a whole. These are key benefits that come as a built-in feature of Amazon Cloud Computing, and one of the primary reasons Vencentric has chosen Amazon as a service provider.

Vencentric uses Virtual Private Networks established to ensure security. VPNs are used worldwide for highly sensitive data with banks, law enforcement criminal databases, and confidential patient information by healthcare organizations, and because it is separate from your internal intranet structure, there is no risk of critical data security.

FEATURES


Elastic Computing (Amazon EC2)
http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/

Amazon EC2 provides a virtual Infrastructure for services that would traditionally require dedicated hardware. This key feature of cloud computing allows Vencentric to increase or decrease capacity, recover from failures and Internet based attacks within minutes, instead of hours or days. This single feature combines all the advantages of traditional dedicated hosting with the flexibility of virtual servers.

Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
http://aws.amazon.com/vpc/

Amazon VPC lets you provision a private, isolated section of the Amazon Cloud where you can launch new resources in a virtual network. This also provided extensive support for a hardware VPN for securely connecting remote networks.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Amazon S3 provides a robust and secure storage platform for next generation web applications. Vencentric leverages these features to ensure the highest level of service possible for our clients.

Data Security - Amazon S3 supports multiple access control mechanisms, as well as encryption for both secure transit and secure storage on disk. With Amazon S3’s data protection features, you can protect your data from both logical and physical failures, guarding against data loss from unintended user actions, application errors, and infrastructure failures.

Durability and Reliability - Amazon S3 provides a highly durable storage infrastructure designed for mission-critical data. Saved data is redundantly stored on multiple devices, across multiple Amazon data centers. Once stored the integrity of data is regularly verified and automatically repaired in the event of corruption.

Secure – Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) provides advanced security features such as security groups and network access control lists to enable inbound and outbound filtering at the instance level and subnet level. In addition, you can store data in Amazon S3 and restrict access so that it’s only accessible from instances in your VPC. Optionally, you can also choose to launch Dedicated Instances which run on hardware dedicated to a single customer for additional isolation.

All the Scalability and Reliability of AWS – Amazon VPC provides all the same benefits as the rest of the Amazon Web Service (AWS) platform. You can instantly scale your resources up or down, select Amazon EC2 instances types and sizes that are right for your applications, and pay only for the resources you use - all within Amazon’s proven infrastructure.

Please reference Amazon white papers on cloud security,
http://aws.amazon.com/security/

Delivering a secure cloud computing platform involves implementing numerous best practices for on-premise infrastructure as well as a host of additional considerations unique to a hosted infrastructure environment.
The Amazon Web Services: Overview of Security Processes whitepaper will provide background information and an overview of the AWS philosophy in offering a secure cloud computing platform.

Amazon Web Services Overview of Security Processes whitepaper (pdf)

Security Best Practices (pdf)

Creating HIPAA-Compliant Medical Data Applications with AWS whitepaper (pdf)

AWS Risk and Compliance whitepaper (pdf)

CLOUD USERS


Partial list of companies that use the Amazon cloud:
http://aws.amazon.com/solutions/case-studies/

SUMMARY

Vencentric places the highest value on security and the reliability of our systems. Amazon comes as a natural choice for service provider, combining cutting edge cloud computing and storage technology with enterprise class data centers. Vencentric technology will be able to meet the needs of our clients without downtime for upgrades or the overhead and maintenance of traditional computing hardware.



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