(The Hosting News) – Host.net, a multinational provider of network infrastructure services focusing on colocation, cloud computing and storage, and network transport & transit, announced today it has successfully completed its SOC 2 examination.
The Type 2 examination, which was conducted by the independent CPA firm BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc., formerly SAS 70 Solutions, covers Host.net’s colocation services and included the Trust Services Principles of security and availability. The examination had a review period of January 1 to June 30, 2011. Known as a “Report on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, and Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy,” SOC 2 examinations may only be performed by a licensed and qualified CPA firm.
“We engaged an independent, objective auditing firm to examine and report on our controls, so we can continue serving the needs of our valued customers at the highest level possible,” said Lenny Chesal, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Strategic Sales at Host.net. “Security and Availability are one of the most pressing concerns among our customers, from which we aggressively maintain our controls, with an eye out for every opportunity to improve.
The security component of the SOC 2 examination evaluates how well a system is physically and logically protected against unauthorized access. The availability component evaluates a system’s availability for operation and use as committed or agreed. As a Type 2 examination, the report opines on management’s description of Host.net’s system and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of controls during the review period.
“The SOC 2 reporting concept was developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as mechanism to provide management of a service organization and their customers with information and a CPA firm’s opinion about controls at the service organization that may affect user entities’ security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality or privacy.” said Chris Schellman, President of BrightLine. “Given that the standard is only a few months old, Host.net is one of the first companies in the world to successfully complete an SOC 2 examination.” “Completing an SOC 2 examination is a reflection of Host.net’s commitment to the security and availability of its systems,” said Chris Schellman, President of BrightLine.
Host.net is a multinational provider of network infrastructure services focusing on colocation, cloud computing and storage, and network transport and transit for education, finance, government, healthcare and other enterprise organizations as well as wholesale and carrier clients. The company operates multiple enterprise-class data centers connected to an extensive fiber-optic backbone delivering Internet, MPLS and layer 2 communications using a wide array of last-mile options. It serves customers in most major metropolitan regions of North America as well as portions of Europe. Founded in 1996, Host.net is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL. For more information, please visit http://www.host.net.