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October 2009, Vol. 15

Keeping up with virtual data center compliance

Compliance regulations are designed to protect the public from wrongdoing, but they have a major impact on virtual data centers. Their effect is evident in the many regulations that have emerged over the past decade to help control and normalize IT operations for industries of all types. In the U.S. alone, there are numerous regulations that govern all kinds of electronic information: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, targets healthcare providers as well as their business partners. In short, it outlines a standard format for the performance of electronic transactions, system security, unique identification of patients and the privacy of patient data and other critical information. The Food and Drug Administration’s 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 11 focuses on guidelines for trustworthy electronic records. It requires organizations to use procedures and controls that help ensure the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of electronic records. The Financial Services Modernization Act, ...

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