GalaxyVisions, ColoGuard Achieve SOC 2 Certification

August 23, 2013 by  

Web Hosting ServicesNew York, NY – ColoGuard and GalaxyVisions, the New York metropolitan area’s most reliable providers of colocation and Internet hosting solutions, announced today that they have successfully completed a SOC 2 audit of their shared data center operations.

The Service Organization Controls report examination, conducted by independent auditor IS Partners LLC, found both companies’ operations to be compliant with the strict industry standards for security and availability as set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

The report comes in the wake of a similar certification report that found both GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard to be in compliance with the standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The HIPAA certification also involved an intense review by IS Partners, which found GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard to be qualified to handle medical records and other sensitive patient information.

“These certifications, from a respected third-party auditor, confirm that ColoGuard and GalaxyVisions are among the most secure and reliable providers around,” said Raymond Sidler, chief executive and co-founder of GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard. “Our customers – whether in the field of health care, finance or another sensitive industry – can rest assured that their systems and data are safe with GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard.”

Both companies share a 15,000-square-foot data center that has been providing affordable, reliable and secure colocation and hosting services since 2003. Besides its proximity to Manhattan and available roof rights, the data center is acclaimed for its fast, direct connections to the Internet as well as for its second-to-none customer service.

SOC 2 is the auditing framework by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for service-oriented technology companies to demonstrate the capabilities of their processes and controls. IS Partners completed the SOC 2 Type I audit for GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard on May 31, 2013.

The independent auditors evaluated ColoGuard and GalaxyVisions against trust services principles established by AICPA. Specifically, these included reviews of service offerings, physical, logical and network security; risk assessment; change management. The audit covered all services offered by GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard, including virtual private servers, dedicated servers, managed services and enterprise colocation.

“IS Partners LLC performed an examination of ColoGuard’s and GalaxyVisions’ selected internal controls as they relate to the trust services principles of security and availability, and has concluded that the controls are suitably designed to protect against unauthorized access (both physical and logical), and that the companies’ systems are available for operation and use as committed or agreed,” said John DeCesare, founder and CEO of IS Partners.

“GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard welcome these standards, which raise the bar for all service organizations,” Sidler said. “Customers seeking colocation or hosting partners who use best-practices day-in and day-out will get what they’ve been looking for – a standard, more objective benchmark against which to compare options.”

“The results demonstrate GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard meet the security, confidentiality and availability needs of any organization seeking the types of services offered,” he said.

About ColoGuard
ColoGuard Inc. was born out of the increasing need for affordable enterprise colocation solutions. ColoGuard is a privately held managed colocation facility based in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, just minutes from New York City. With a state-of-the-art in-house data center, ColoGuard’s goal is to provide affordable enterprise colocation solutions for companies of all sizes. ColoGuard’s facility offers a diverse network routes via dark fiber, 24/7/365 live technical support and prices and services that are unmatched by competitors.

About GalaxyVisions
GalaxyVisions was founded in 2003 and is a privately held managed services provider located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. It provides affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes. GalaxyVisions supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run almost any web-based application. From small projects to enterprise server solutions, GalaxyVisions will meet or beat the price of any competitor. GalaxyVisions is committed to excellent quality service 24/7/365.

About IS Partners, LLC
IS Partners, LLC is a Certified Public Accounting firm registered with the AICPA and PCAOB, and is a recognized authority for SSAE 16 and Service Organization Controls (SOC) audits and related attestation services. The firm serves clients in all major service industries throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Central America, India, Pakistan and Caribbean Islands. The firm’s SSAE 16 audit teams are comprised of experts in the areas of accounting, information technology, internal controls, and business process auditing.

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