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17Oct/140

Canada’s unique privacy laws provides protection for personal information

The European Union (EU) and Canada supervises the private sector’s use of personal data while the US has minimal regulation of their private sector. Canada’s privacy laws focuses on “individual autonomy through personal control of information” (Techvibes).The US focuses more on protection from the government while Europe tends to protect their dignity and public image (Identity Bureau Trulioo).

In addition to two federal laws in Canada that protect personal information, there are also provincial laws in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec that are similar to PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). These laws set out ground rules for how private sectors may collect, use, or disclose personal information in a commercial setting. Unlike the US, Canada’s strict privacy laws are recognized by the EU and privacy compliance is overseen by privacy commissioners and ombudsmen at both the federal and provincial levels (Techvibes).

So what does this mean for businesses in Canada?

In today's business market, service organizations are looking for a partner who can help them deploy IT infrastructure services and have the necessary controls and measures that comply with their local and corporate requirements. One of Canadian Web Hosting's core missions is to help businesses meet their SSAE 16 certification requirements (formerly the SAS70), which meets the new international service organizations standards for Type I and Type II reporting.

The Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) issues the SSAE 16 Type II (formerly SAS 70) to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

The CSAE 3416 certification is issued under Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Canadian Standard on Assurance Engagements (CSAE) 3416 to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

Okay... then what does this mean for our customers?

Customers can now outsource web-hosting services including Dedicated Servers, virtual servers (VPS), CA Cloud Servers and/or Shared Hosting to a provider that already meets SSAE 16 requirements. In doing so, you can focus your company's time, money, and manpower on core functions that will drive additional revenue to your business. Here are some examples of Canadian Web Hosting's SSAE 16 compliance controls and physical security that our hosting environment supplements:

  • Facilities and asset management
  • Logical access and access control
  • Network and information security
  • Computer operations
  • Backup and recovery
  • Change and incident management
  • Organizational and administrative controls
  • Security policies, reporting, and monitoring
  • Physical and logical security

Canadian Web Hosting is the industry leader in delivering 100% Canadian web hosting solutions for businesses requiring a SSAE 16 certification with their web hosting environment. When combined with our enterprise-grade web hosting hardware, and a securehosting environment that features many leading technologies including our Unified Security Services, Canadian Web Hosting will help you achieve compliance.

  • SSL capability
  • Enterprise-level, application level protection
  • Hardware/Software firewall
  • IP-Restricted FTP
  • Managed backups with guaranteed retention
  • Advanced 24/7monitoring
  • Multi-level intrusion prevention (IPS/IDS)
  • Anti-Spam, Anti-Malware, Anti-Virus
  • Log Management
Have more questions? Contact us at 1-888-821-7888 or email sales@canadianwebhosting.com.
Sheila W.
@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

8Oct/140

We’re attending iTech2014 Vancouver!

Canadian Web Hosting and AURO will be attending iTech2014 on October 9th, hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

This is the 12th annual conference, which will feature some key note speakers, including VP Sales of Samsung Canada Enterprise Business Geoff Coutts, Principle Architect at Kaseya Dana Epp, and Blackberry Developer Evangelist Manny Elawar.

There will be networking receptions, vendor sessions, and a chance to meet customers from a wide range of business backgrounds.

We’re excited to meet everyone there, send us a tweet to meet up!

Sheila W.

@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

16Sep/140

Canadian Web Hosting and AURO attends OpenStack SV 2014


AURO's Regional Sales Director Chloe Tottem with CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias

OpenStack is a free and open-source software cloud computing platform that began as a joint project between NASA and Rackspace. It is currently managed by OpenStack Foundation and more than 200 companies have joined the project, including AMD, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Oracle, VMware, and Yahoo!.

In April this year, OpenStack Foundation launched its ninth milestone release – Icehouse. Its focus is on testing and stability, as well as compatibility with third-party hardware and software configurations. It now supports 16 international languages. Icehouse’s core element, “Trove”, was promoted alongside other new programs that will be providing users with more options to plug into their cloud. These include OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic), OpenStack Messaging (Marconi), and OpenStack Data Processing (Sahara).

Canadian Web Hosting and AURO attended OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014 on Tuesday, September 16th. It featured influentials from the OpenStack community, including the likes of CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation Jonathan Bryce, and Senior Technical Director at Mirantis Greg Elkinbard. It has been a big year for OpenStack, with new releases intending to make cloud services more user-friendly and simple to implement. Companies are also working on the OpenStack backend for compatibility with other cloud services.

Founded in 2014, AURO, a Canadian Web Hosting company, is powered by OpenStack and is Canada’s only Enterprise-grade Public Cloud service. It was created for users that could benefit from a highly scalable and agile environment for hosting needs. One single dashboard allows customers to create, control, and deploy cloud infrastructures and keep their data within Canada. It has the ability to rapidly provision and achieve repeatable results. Paired with a high level of security and easy integration with new technologies, AURO helps enterprises, businesses, ISPs, developers, and Telco’s to cost-effectively manage a multitude of web sites and applications in Canada’s first enterprise public cloud.

 

Sheila W.

@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

21Feb/140

Google Glass in VanCity – Presented by Canadian Web Hosting

Over the past couple of weeks, Canadian Web Hosting went around Downtown Vancouver to get the locals to try on our Google Glass. It was a fun adventure where we filmed Vancouverites reactions to the Glass, everyone we met was very eager to test this new technology.

 

We asked our interviewee’s to take a picture, record a video and some other fun stuff…

Google Glass is an amazing yet fun technology that is opening many doors within multiple industries. We could be more excited for wearable technology, we can’t wait for when Google Glass is 100% ready for the public market.

 

Vrinda

 

13Jan/140

Canadian Web Hosting, Data Sovereignty, The NSA and You

There has been a lot of discussions around the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, cloud computing and whether companies are looking more broadly at moving their cloud computing business to locations countries like Canada where privacy rules supreme.  So much so that many leading blogs and tech writers have been discussing a recent survey run by a large Canadian Hosting and Data Center provider who ran a survey with 300 companies that have 250 employees or less. 

 

As Thomas Claburn from Information Week noted, some qualifications on the survey are needed as the survey doesn't cover 25% of all businesses.  It describes findings from a 10-minute survey of 300 small companies -- 250 employees or less -- based in the UK and Canada.  When the company sample is confined to Canadian companies, one third say they plan to move existing data out of datacenters located in the United States and while evidence of the “exodus” isn't always visible leading companies like Canadian Web Hosting are seeing this change in real time.

 

Matt McKinney, Managing Director of Canadian Web Hosting, a leading cloud and web hosting provider based in British Columbia, Canada, said in a phone interview with Information Week that privacy is particularly important to Canadians, noting that the country has been aggressive in dealing with consumer privacy through its regulatory agencies and laws on how data is handled.  It was just a short time ago where (2009) where Facebook’s privacy policy drew big criticism and it was Canadian privacy and government agencies who led the charge to ensure consumers were protected. 

 

McKinney said as a 100% Canadian-owned and –operated web hosting business our customers have always asked where Canadian Web Hosting’s servers were housed to ensure they met Canadian privacy and data rules, but with the recent NSA revelations last year the requests took on greater importance with increased requests from outside of Canada.  "Many companies who were previously afraid of Canada’s privacy rules and slightly higher prices from a few years ago are now looking to benefit from Canada’s unique regulatory environment and maintain control of their data.  Now days, pricing with Canadian Web Hosting is comparable and at times more cost efficient when compared to their US counterparts.  When discussing new deployments or ongoing infrastructure needs, McKinney said they see as many as eight out of 10 questions from customers relating to governance, compliance, and data storage."

 

(It has been noted that US companies do have the option to resist, but may be forbidden under the Patriot Act from disclosing demands for information or legal filings in opposition of said demands. The extent to which the US judicial branch sees a legal basis for opposing demands for access made under the mantle of national security is another matter.)

 

Information Week noted that the survey finds that despite rising mistrust, the US does continue to be the most popular place for companies to host data (51%) outside of their home countries but the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation projected in late 2013 that cloud providers in the US would eventually lose 20% of the market to foreign competitors.  This equates to roughly $35 billion annually by the year 2016. 

 

To learn more about Canadian Web Hosting, compliance initiatives and capabilities around data protection you can email their sales team at sales@canadianwebhosting.com or call 1.888.821.7888

 

 

 

 

Matt McKinney

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