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  • ioSafe N2 - Access data from your iPhone, Android or Tablet

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by admin

    Well, it's finally here, the new ioSafe N2, a fireproof and waterproof network storage device. We supported ioSafe during their recent indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and we decided to buy the 2 x 2TB ioSafe NAS. We'll be setting this bad boy up this week and put up a full review and video - in the meantime, here is a photo of the N2, powered by Synology DSM.ioSafe N2 fireproof NAS

    Like all ioSafe hard drives, the N2 comes with the famous DRS (data recovery service) that helps you preserve and protect your photos, video and business data from loss. It's like an insurance plan or coverage for all of your precious memories, music and digital life.


    This post was posted in NAS Storage, Video Surveillance Storage, ioSafe N2

  • Future Cloud Formations: Digital Storage in the 21st Century

    Posted on October 29, 2012 by admin

    Chances are that in your business, while you still use paper records, they are becoming eclipsed by digital records and storage. You are using computers for more than just storing files and records; files, forms, records. Customer-related materials are frequently created on, used with and stored solely in the digital format. That means that the ways and methods of this type of storage are of vital importance; a fact recognized by both the private and the public sectors.  You have to use the proper equipment and proper methods to maintain your data and records. Data management is a top-tier concern for any business or group. This is where secure data storage, such as ioSafe hard drives come into play. Here is the how and the why.

    This issue weighs on a lot of important minds. An example would be that in 2011, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum, “Managing Government Records”, which ordered the beginning of an Executive Branch wide effort to reform records management policies and develop a future framework for the management of government records. The benefits of this reform are expected to be:

    • The promotion of openness and accountability by better documenting agency actions and decisions.
    • The further identification and transfer to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of permanently valuable historical records so that future generations will understand and learn from the actions and decisions of the present.
    • Provide assistance to executive departments and agencies in minimizing costs and increasing operational efficiency.

    This program considers records the foundation of open government (and you should consider them the foundation of good business) because they promote and support the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. It is perfectly stated; “Well-managed records can be used to assess the impact of programs, improve business practices and share knowledge across the government. Records protect the rights and interests of the people and hold officials accountable for their actions. Permanent records document our nation’s history.”

    This principle can be applied to your business or organization because without proper records documentation and storage; you and your customers will lose their history and their future.

    This new directive also has the goal of eliminating, to the highest degree possible, the use of paper records and the move to electronic record keeping. In fact, that is the first central goal of the new framework. All agencies are moving forward to meet the following targets; by 2019, all permanent records will be in electronic format and by 2016 all federal agencies will manage both permanent and temporary email records in accessible electronic format.

    The second central goal of the new directive is compliance with federal records management statutes and regulations. They will do this by meeting the following requirements; agencies will designate a senior agency official to oversee a review of their records management programs, that official will then ensure that permanent records are indentified for transfer and report to the NARA. Then agency records officers will obtain a NARA certificate of federal records management training; which is partner with the new rule that agencies must establish records management training programs of their own. The senior officials will also that all records and their transfer are scheduled and indentified, then submitted to the NARA.

    There will be a number of actions started to assist in the completion of these two goals. Nara will revise their transfer guidance for permanent electronic records, new email guidance will be created, and applied research into automated technologies will be investigated and stimulated to reduce the burden of records management responsibilities. Records management requirements will also be embedded into cloud architectures and other federal IT systems and commercially available products. The next actions are to evaluate the feasibility for secure data-at-rest storage and management services for federal agency owned electronic records.

    Creating a robust records management framework will require the Archivist of the United States to convene periodic meetings of all senior agency officials to discuss the progress of the implementation of the directive; followed by the creation of a community of interest to solve records management challenges, propose guidance, share information, create training and indentify tools that will assist in electronic records management. The framework also requires the establishment of a formal records management occupational series and continues to improve the effectiveness of federal records programs through enhanced NARA oversight and analytical tools.

    The final assisting action is to improve NARA processes through; improving the current request for records disposition authority process and overhauling the general records schedules.

    A full account of this presidential memorandum can be found here.

    Another report examines the new directive and the problems and challenges it is tackling. For example, 95% of agencies are at moderate to high risk of compromising the integrity, authenticity and reliability of their records. The risks they face include the following; improper management and disposition of records, saving records and making sure they can be retrieved, read and interpreted. This report establishes the timelines and reports that various agencies need to make in order to get in line with the directive. An entire listing of those schedules and timelines can be found here.

    We hope that this federal example makes the importance of digital recordkeeping clear; if you switch out the words, those reports apply to you and your business. You need to realize the importance of another concept as well; cloud computing. Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (both hardware and software) over a network. That means using computers and web-based applications to enter data, make computations and use software that can be spread through your own network. Now that big issue is public vs. private clouds; in a public cloud model a service provider makes resources such as applications and storage available to the general public over the internet. These services may be offered for free or in a pay-by-usage model. Private clouds are models owned and operated by a single organization, either managed internally or by a contracted third-party. The issue of which is superior can’t be decided here (we have an option though). You have to decide what the best option for your company is, but here is what www.iosafe.com can offer; one of the best pieces of equipment if you choose a private cloud.

    Private Cloud Storage with ioSafe helps solve digital records management challenges.

                    The ioSafe N2 is one of the world’s best multi-drive NAS/RAID storage devices. It is waterproof, fireproof and durable network-connected device for terabytes of your personal/business data. The N2 allows you to have fast access on your local network and connect from nearly any remote device connected to the internet.

    If you are dealing with terabyte-levels of information, public model clouds can break down quickly. There are other disadvantages to public clouds; like cost, storing several terabytes of data on a server like Amazon S3 can cost $8000 over three years. Security is also an issue; no matter how safe, a public cloud is still public. In our opinion, being in local control of your own data is the best option.

    You’ll get fast local access, redundant hard drives, security, nearly unlimited storage, and cloud convenience, access to data with virtually any device and onsite protection against natural disasters.  The N2 has an impressive list of features including:

    • Private cloud: fast local access (up to 100 MB/sec), no high public cloud fees!
    • Redundant Hard Drives (RAID):  it automatically mirrors and protects against hard drive failure. The N2 can utilize two hard drives up to 4TB each.
    • Data Recovery Service (DRS): the ultimate safety net; DRS provides no questions asked data and hardware recovery.
    • Fireproof Protection: protects data from temperatures of up to 1550 degrees for up to ½ hour per ASTM 119.
    • Waterproof Protection: can protect data in up to 10 ft salt/fresh water for up to 72 hours.
    • Active Airflow Cooling: uses FloSafe active airflow cooling technology for optimum operating temperature.

    With the N2, ioSafe has teamed up with Synology to bring you world class DSM apps and operating systems. There are apps for backup, multimedia, management, productivity and surveillance.

    Using ioSafe storage hardware equipment isn’t the house you build for your cloud; it’s the foundation you lay down for that house. For safe and secure digital data storage, you need both software and hardware solutions. Consider the N2 and spend some time considering which type of cloud management would work for you and your company.


    This post was posted in NAS Storage, Prevent Data Loss, Orders & Regulations and was tagged with ioSafe, synology, "managing government records" NARA, digitize, "digital storage" archives, N2 "personal cloud" "private cloud storage" NAS, "network storage"

  • GSA Containers | Where to buy them

    Posted on June 26, 2012 by admin

    A Couple of Helpful Tidbits about GSA Approved Containers

    GSA approved containers are some of the most secure and helpful items being offered by the security industry. A GSA approved stamp on a security product means that the U.S. federal government is willing to trust this product with their secrets and security concerns and that fact is reassuring to many employers and private individuals. If a GSA approved container can protect state secrets on a battlefield or in an office, then they can certainly protect your client files, insurance claims, product designs and anything else you consider worth shielding.

    What is the GSA?

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent government agency established in 1949 to manage and support the basic functioning of other government agencies. They provide products, supplies, office space, parking, transportation and other services to government employees.  Basically, the GSA decides what government employees use in their day to day work; everything from the chairs in the office to the high-security vaults.

    The GSA tests and approves all potential products before they are put on the GSA Schedules. The schedules are grouping of pre-approved vendors and contracts that other government agencies can use to purchase their products, safe in the knowledge that the GSA has already tested them out and gotten a good contract agreement for the government. These schedules include security products like safes, secure containers, locks and vault doors.

    Where Can I Purchase a GSA Approved Container?

    You’re in luck because GSA approved products are highly sought after and that means they are highly available. Here are links to websites of some of the manufacturers and companies that sell GSA approved security containers.

    K.L. Security Enterprises

    Safeandvault.com

    DahleShredder.com

    HDDfiresafe.com

    Hamilton Products Group

    Trusted Systems

    As you can see, you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to purchasing GSA approved containers, we encourage you and your company to look around and see which set-up fits the best.

    What GSA Security Containers are approved for SCIFs?

    First off, what is a SCIF? A Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) is a secure location where individuals and groups can meet to discuss sensitive topics in complete privacy. They are considered among the best places to have an unmonitored conversation. The specifications vary but SCIFs are generally immune to computer hacking, listening devices, cell phone monitoring and other forms of surveillance. SCIFs are often without windows and feature bombproof walls and ceilings. They often also feature electronic jamming technologies and biometric security measures along with reinforced steel doors and their own air supply. A full accounting of SCIF construction profiles and terms can be found here.

    GSA class 5 and 6 safes, containers, field safes and IPS containers are often used in conjunction with SCIFs for maximum security and safety. There are also locks made with SCIFs in mind; like the CDX-09 from Kabas Mas.

    What is the Price of a Class 6 GSA Container?

    If you’re scouting around for a good security container, then chances are that you’ll settle on a model that is GSA approved/class 6 and you’ll need a decent price for it. Security is important and therefore not cheap but getting the best product doesn’t have to break the bank. Here at www.hddfiresafe.com; we have class 6 security containers and they’re priced to move. The class 6, five drawer GSA approved file cabinet with X-09 lock has been marked down from $3,499.99 to $2,899.99 and we’re also stocking the  4 drawer Class 6 filing cabinet. The two drawer class 6 file cabinet model has been marked down from $2,499.99 to $2,200 and don’t forget to look at our class six army field safe, the GSA Rated tough and ready mobile container. All of these products are in stock and same day shipping is offered.

    GSA approval is important in the security world; both to sellers and buyers and we consider part of our responsibility to our customers to spread information about different facets of the GSA process to them. We want our customers to be well-informed and ready to make the best purchases.


    This post was posted in How To and was tagged with hamilton products group, GSA Approved, Class 6, Class 5, security container, #FF-L-2740

  • Growth for Video Surveillance Storage | External Hard Drives

    Posted on May 21, 2012 by admin

    The Surveillance Market Keeps Growing | And So Do the Storage Options

    A security situation is always multifaceted; it’s not just about strong doors, strong walls or tough vaults. A modern strategy for securing the safety of your clients/customers, your business and yourself includes revising and updating the concepts of data storage and video surveillance. Installing a surveillance system is often a good idea; for secure areas, open lobbies, loading docks, hallways, there are many places to put in surveillance equipment; and you don’t throw away what that surveillance equipment records. You need to consider your storage options when building your system.

    The video surveillance market has been growing steadily for years and as the market grew; so did the technology used and the options offered. Video data storage systems are a big part of that new growth. New equipment like digital/high resolution cameras and IP cameras and the general shift from internal to external storage are important parts of the new trends

    How are we aware of these market changes? Security companies get a lot of insider knowledge through IMS Research; a leading supplier of market research and consultancy who serve the global electronics industry. They offer syndicated market studies, client research and consulting services on everything from wireless communications to security concerns. Their main mission is to help their clients better understand markets and shape their business strategies. IMS has a proven track record and clients in over 50 countries with offices spread across Asia, Europe and North America. IMS publishes over 350 report titles a year and 18 of the 20 largest technology companies are among their 2,500 global clients.

    One of the articles IMS has published for this year is their Top Ten Predictions for 2012 in the video surveillance industry. Their teams of market analysts have expanded their VS research into every corner of the market; including, network camera trackers, video analytics and PSIM (Physical Security Information Management). The predictions have been released as a guide for their clients on some key trends and opportunities.

    The Predictions:

    1. Refocusing on Image Quality in 2012

    2. Focus on Shift from the BRICs to the CIVETS?

    3. HD over Coax-What Will Happen in 2012?

    4. Increased Processor Power to Push Analytics to the Edge

    5. M&A in 2012: Video Companies under Surveillance

    6. Looking Up-Where is Next for Cloud Base Video Surveillance?

    7. The Turning Point for Spinning Disk?

    8. Its VMS, but not as we know it

    9. Beyond H.264

    10. Video Surveillance to Augment the Internet of Things in China

    This article tells customers many things; like how HD and megapixel security cameras are dominating sales, IMS predicts that by 2015, 70% of all network camera shipments will be items of megapixel resolution. It also predicts the growth of new markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China as well as the change in storage costs and needs.

    Storage is an area that IMS has researched extensively and they have a strong report for the future of external storage. The article shows that external storage platforms for video surveillance have an annual growth rate of 52% for storage capacity shipped from 2010 to 2016. Internal storage units are only expected to a 36% growth rate in the same period. It is predicted that external units will displace internal storage devices as the dominant platform by 2014, shown best in the graph accompanying the article.

    The reasons IMS states for this switchover are varied. First and foremost is the continued transition from analog to network security cameras and the use of higher resolution cameras. These types of systems generate more data per camera and require a dedicated storage unit. External platforms offer many advantages; they process and store greater quantities of data in comparison to DVRs, NVRs and other internal storage units. They’re able to because of their greater scalability and this means that a larger number of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) can be installed in each external device which leads to greater storage capacity.

    K.L. Security and www.hddfiresafe.com understand this trend because we’re at the forefront of it. We offer high-tech, safe and secure external ioSafe hard drives to our customers and the IMS market research proves we we’ve been telling our customers for years; external is the way to go.

    We have several products that are perfect for video surveillance systems. Our Fireproof Video Surveillance Hard Drives are a great fit to any security system.

    We refer to the ioSafe SoloPRO as “simplicity supercharged”. It is designed to meet the needs of security integrators and installers with storage needs for high-resolution cameras, IP cameras and it can be integrated with Storage Area Networks (SANS). It is fireproof with data loss protection of up to 1550 F for ½ hour as per ASTM E119 and flip the coin, its waterproof too. The unit can be dunked in up to ten feet of water for 72 hours without data loss. It is compatible with Windows Server, Linux and Mac/PCs and comes with a Data Recovery Service that includes forensic recovery and advanced replacement.  The SoloPRO also works with eSATA/USB 2.0 connectivity with transfer rates up to 3GB/s.

    The surveillance market is indeed changing. Your company needs to switch to external storage with your digital/high-resolution backup images and video and continually protect the growing amount of data that new surveillance cameras will generate. We can help you with that task by providing you with the best external hard drives on the market. The situation is changing, don’t get left behind!


    This post was posted in ioSafe SoloPRO, Video Surveillance Storage and was tagged with external hard drive, storage, video surveillance, dvr, security camera, security integrator, installer

  • Pro Tools Software and ioSafe External Hard Drives

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by admin

    Putting the Right Tools Together:

    Pro Tools and External Hard Drives

    Doing a job right requires the right tools. That has always been true and hasn’t changed in the age of computers. In fact, computers have opened up a whole new arsenal of tools for different professions; including many in the music industry. One of their most widely used pieces of equipment is the Pro Tools audio software. Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation platform that can be operated on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. It is used in the music and professional recording industry for recording and editing, music production, film scoring and film/TV post-production.

    Pro Tools pre-computer ancestor is the multi-track tape recorder and mixer. It performs the same functions with added abilities that can only be done digitally. Pro Tools features time code, temp maps, automation and surround sound capabilities. It supports samples of 32-bit float audio up to rates of 192 KHz and works with many different types of audio files; WAV, AIFF, SDII and mp3s. Such artists as Ricky Martin, GZA, the Beach Boys and Garbage have used Pro Tools to produce their albums and the software has been used for creating the audio in such popular video games like Guitar Hero.

    One of the best ways to use Pro Tools software is to combine it with an external hard drive. External drives are the best storage to choose when you want to avoid a slowdown in operation or errors; the trick is to not try to do everything on one drive. Using Pro Tools is a process; you’ll be laying down tracks, tweaking them and doing several different processes at the same time. If you use the software on one hard drive and you’re trying to operate the software and it’s plugins off your system drive while reading and writing audio to the same drive; this causes many computer systems to move slower. The best solution is to use an external hard drive as your scratch disk that has either USB 2.0, firewire or faster connectivity. You would then use your external hard drive as your audio drive. You’ll still install the Pro Tools software on your internal drive but when you start a new session and create new tracks; you’ll save them to your external drive. One for recording and one for backup; it’s the best solution. At HDDFireSafe.com we have a great disk drive that will allow you to obtain this working balance.

    ioSafe SOLO G3

    The Silent Fireproof / Waterproof Hard Drive

    ioSafe has a proud history of producing tough and reliable external hard drives; the Solo G3 is the latest entry in that tradition. There many reasons to purchase the G3 but the first one we would like to showcase is the reason why it’s such a great companion to the Pro Tools software. That reason is the new fanless FloSafe Vent Design; it provides nearly silent operation. The latest FloSafe airflow cooling technology is perfect for an audio recording studio (be it professional or in your garage) where background noise can affect the audio files you’re creating and the music you are writing. That's right, all the fireproof and waterproof features you have come to rely upon, now with near silent operation.

    The Pro Tools software requires at least USB 2.0 and the G3 provides the blazing fast USB 3.0 with a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbit/s. This feature makes formatting and using Pro Tools a smooth ride. We typically use Genie Timeline Pro software for continuous data backup and if encryption of those precious tracks is a must we recommend TrueCrypt encryption. When you backup your audio tracks and songs to the G3, you can rest assured that ioSafe has you covered with serious data protection. Every G3 comes with DRS ( Data Recovery Service ) to provide the ultimate safety net; if your hard drives fails for any reason, or goes through a fire, flood or coffee spill; ioSafe will get your data back by spending up to $2,500 on forensic data recovery. The fast connectivity combined with up to 3TB of storage capacity and DRS (data recovery service) makes the Solo G3 an obvious choice for every recording studio.

    The SOLO G3 offers you the best in protection and allows you to use software like Pro Tools with maximum efficiency. That’s one of our primary goals here at HDDFireSafe.com; not just providing you with the best external hard drives available, but also to let you know about the best ways to use the hardware that keeps your professional recording studio running smooth.


    This post was posted in ioSafe Solo, ioSafe + Mac, ioSafe + PC, Solo G3, Protools Software and was tagged with pro tools software, audio backup, mp3 backup, bounce tracks, scratch disk, mac, apple, PC

  • The ioSafe Solo G3

    Posted on January 30, 2012 by admin

    ioSafe knocks it Out of the Park Again with the Solo G3

    Here at hddfiresafe.com, we are dedicated to bringing our customers the safest, most affordable hard drives and data backup equipment for computers available. Our devotion to that policy means we do more than simply stock ioSafe hard drives , we help you meet your goals for preserving and protecting your most valuable data.

    A California based company; ioSafe is the leading manufacturer of disaster proof hard drives. Their systems are optimized to protect against such threats as fire and water damage and the company is on a mission to help you backup your data wherever it may sit vulnerable.. They have built increasingly secure and cutting edge designs and we are proud to represent ioSafe as a leading distributor and dealership with products such as the; ioSafe Solo, ioSafe SSD Titanium, the ioSafe SoloPRO and many more.

    ioSafe has a new product and we’re excited to show it to you; the ioSafe Solo G3 Hard Drive.

    Fireproof & Waterproof Hard Drive for your home or office.

    ioSafe has taken their best features and put them in the G3. Storage space, weather protection, data backup, a great warranty and wrapped it up in a new fanless design for nearly silent operation. This design makes the G3 hard drive ideal for home offices, in your home entertainment setup or in the professional recording studio; let’s take a look at the features and technical specs.

    The G3 can protect its data from temperatures of up to 1550 Fahrenheit for up to thirty minutes with its DataCast endothermic fire insulation technology. The DataCast creates a chemical bond with water molecules that, when temperatures go above 160 degrees, will release water vapor that will limit the internal temperature of the G3 to protect data in extreme fire disasters. The fire rating meets the stringent ASTM E119 standard. The flipside to fire is water and ioSafe has your data protected from any spill (think coffee, soda or beer) as well as fire hoses and natural disasters such as flood. The HydroSafe water barrier technology allows the G3 to protect your data even if it’s been dunked in up to 10ft of water (fresh or salt) for up to 72 hours. While HydroSafe is keeping your data dry, it’s also helping to dissipate heat during the unit’s normal operations. Which brings us to the G3’s fan-less and near silent cooling system; ioSafe’s FloSafe airflow cooling technology is designed to be quiet and not to overwhelm an office environment with background noise.

    The disaster proof protection isn’t all based around weather situations. The G3 comes with a Kensington lock slot. This anti-theft tab will allow you to easily secure the unit to any surface found in the home or the office. Not only will the tab protect the unit in case of a break-in, it will also secure the G3 and keep it immobile in case of an earthquake or other such disaster. It is also compatible with all Kensington locks. This solid theft-prevention works well with the great warranty; if the G3 stops working for any reason during the warranty period, it will be replaced or repaired.

    One of the reasons that ioSafe is so popular is the  Data Recovery Service.

    The DRS provides you with a safety net in case of virtually any disaster. Here is what you get with G3 plan:

    1.  One time use, no questions asked, data recovery service

    2. Up to $1000 of forensic data recovery

    3. Mail-in repair coverage with free global shipping

    4. Only one point of contact – you get direct access to ioSafe experts

    5. Replacement hardware that is pre-loaded with recovered data

    The G3 comes with a three-year limited warranty which includes one free year of DRS. Both the data recovery service and warranty can be expanded up to five years.

    The G3 unit has multi-platform compatibility with both PCs and Macs. It has a single disk with up to 2TB storage capacity. It has USB 3.0 which is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and has a data transfer rate of 5Gbit/s. The power consumption is <25W and the voltage is at 80~264 VAC at 50/60 HZ. The unit only weighs 15 lbs. so it’s very easy to change locations and its dimensions are 5”W, 7.1”H and 11”L, compact and easy to store above, below or in a workstation.

    The G3 is perfect for any number of assignments or environments. You can use it for storing media, PC and laptop backup and supplement online backup. Setting it up in the workplace will allow you to protect your customer’s data and improve the efficiency of your office. Using the G3 at home provides the ultimate protection for your personal files, family memories and your media library.

    Our team will continue to help you in choosing the best products for your needs. Remember, don’t just think of storage capacity when you buy  a hard drive, think of protection and safety!

     

    Disclosure: Yes, we sell these hard drives. Yes, we use them every day in our office and at home. We've trusted our data on ioSafe hard drives since 2005 and recommend them to all of our clients, family and friends for that very reason.


    This post was posted in Feature Reviews, External Hard Drives, Solo G3 and was tagged with fireproof, waterproof, Solo G3, cheap hard drive, best price

  • The True Costs of a Data Recovery Service

    Posted on December 8, 2011 by admin

    Today, we live in a world that is increasingly reliant upon digital storage solutions. It is convenient, cost-effective, and an efficient way to store our data.

    However, it’s not infallible. When good drives go bad, we pray that they might somehow fix themselves, but more often than not, when the files we lose are of great importance to us, we turn to professionals to try and recover the data for us.

    A data recovery service is a very specialized, hi-tech service that uses the latest forensic data recovery techniques to attempt to restore files on hard drives that have been compromised due to mechanical wear, environmental damage, or human error.  They use dust free clean rooms to avoid contaminating your data, highly specialized recovery tools, and a staff of exceedingly well-trained experts.

    Sounds expensive, right? Well, it is.  The amount that you pay will vary on a case to case basis because there are many factors to take into account when estimating the true cost of a data recovery service. For instance, the capacity of your hard drive, and the amount of data you want restored. Additional considerations include how much physical damage your hard drive has sustained, whether or not the file system is still intact, or simply the complexity of the work involved.

    At Drive Savers, an average single drive recovery will cost around $1500, but it can cost as much as $3000. Disk Doctors charge $1000 for a 500 GB hard drive without physical damage, but their prices rise further with higher capacity drives, or those with mechanical failures. However, the fees do not always end there. Disc evaluations can be as much as $200, shipping to and from the recovery facility is not cheap, and the cost of replacement media, or an expedited service, will almost always cost you more.

    With an ioSafe hard drive you can forget about the crippling costs associated with a data recovery service, because ioSafe includes this free of charge with every hard drive it sells. This “no questions asked” service covers you for up to $5000 of forensic data recovery, for any loss, for any reason.

    They have a free global shipping system that will whisk your drive off to a secure location so that it can be worked on to revive your lost files. When the work is complete, ioSafe will replace your hard drive, free of charge, and ship it back to you with all the data that it was able to recover.

    "The ioSafe “no questions asked” service covers you for up to $5000 of forensic data recovery, for any loss, for any reason."

    ioSafe’s line of disaster proof hard drives truly provide you with a guaranteed defense against all eventualities. These storage solutions are tough, and built to last, and it is good to know that even if the unforeseen does happen, and you end up losing data through human error or some other means, the ioSafe Data Recovery Service is there to help.

    Call or email us today for a quote on ioSafe hard drives for your business. They are the protection you simply cannot do without.


    This post was posted in Data Recovery Service and was tagged with hard drive crash, recover crashed hard drive, free data recovery, data recovery service, drivesavers, disc doctors

  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Storage with ioSafe

    Posted on November 10, 2011 by admin

    You’ve got a Project Coming Up and We Can Help

    ioSafe hard drives have been called "HIPAA in a box" and "Simplicity for EHR"

    If you work in a medical office, chances are that you’re familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). It exists to protect the health insurance of people who lose their jobs. One of its provisions protects the privacy and security of health data.

    A recent change to HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) occurred as part of the American Recovery and

    Reinvestment Act of 2009. It implements new rules for the accounting and disclosure of a patient’s health information and profile. It extends the current requirements for keeping track and protecting electronic health records (EHRs) or electronic medical records (EMRs). It is one of the most sweeping changes since HIPAA was created. The new rule is that when medical offices use ERHs, the time-frame for making sure the privacy concerns are up to HIPAA standards has been

    lowered from six years to three. That means if your office has a HIPAA compliance plan in the works, the time-frame must be accelerated.

    The rules state that you must be able to provide the patient with their medical records within 30 days of the request. You also must disclose the medical information to legal

    agencies when required to do so by the law. You must make the patient aware of any use of the medical information and correct it as needed. Penalties for the failure of observing these rules can be harsh. This year, UCLA was forced to pay $865,500 in a settlement regarding HIPAA violations.

    Among your preparations for protecting your patients information is choosing the right hardware for the job. You need equipment that stand against accidents, natural disasters and theft. We think that you can’t go wrong with ioSafe products.

    IoSafe offers many different products that can fit your security needs. If you’re looking for a portable unit for the safe, physical transfer of data between workstations or other locations then the Rugged Portable hard drive line is for you. These portable hard drives live up their name with such features as the Full Metal Jacket crush protection; with it the Rugged can withstand the force of 2500 lbs. (aluminum shell) or 5000 lbs. (titanium alloy). With its immersion protection, it can be dunked in water for three days without the data within being damaged. It also features chemical protection, shock protection, altitude protection and theft protection. Given the need for secure data transfer, you should be aware of the Genie Timeline Pro backup software and encryption software. Equally important are the Data Recovery Service plans that available with most ioSafe products. This service provides the client with forensic data recovery and new hardware.

    For workstation placement, the hard drive called the ioSafe SoloPRO is excellent for office environments.  With the latest USB technology and blinding fast data transfer speeds, these models are excellent for the movement and protection of patient health records. The 1TB SoloPRO is waterproof and fireproof and is Mac and PC compatible. Its connectivity allows it to hook-up to NAS networks and it comes with the Data Recovery Service. There are SSD and 3TB models.

    The ioSafe Solo is another great choice for keeping records safe. The 1TB model is fireproof, waterproof and has USB 2.0 connectivity. It is PC and Mac compatible and comes with a Data Recovery Service plan with $1000 worth of forensic data recovery. There are also 1.5TB and 2TB models. IoSafe isn’t just about hard drives; they also provide other methods of keeping data secure. Hard drive, business and data safes are also available.

    New laws and regulations will always come along and it’s part of your responsibility to your patients that you keep up with and abide by them. HDDfiresafe.com and ioSafe can give you the tools to make this job easier.


    This post was posted in HIPAA Compliance, Dental & Medical Offices and was tagged with ioSafe, hipaa, PHI, hipaa compliance, electronic medical records, EHR, electronic health records, data security, storage, EMR

  • How ISO Quality Can Improve Data Security

    Posted on November 8, 2011 by admin

    Understanding Information Security Standards

    ioSafe technology adds an extra layer of data protection to your current ISO data retention & security plan. Improving RTO & RPO at a very low cost.

    One of the things we want to do here at HDDfirsafe.com is to help you understand some of the work and regulations that go into the systems you use every day. The product s and systems a person uses have all been put through various tests and standards to make sure they perform to the level that they advertise to. Many of these tests and standards are concerned with safety and product quality. Computer systems, security functions most importantly, are especially scrutinized.  In the modern age, the most important concern is the protection of data and businesses that manage and hold the personal, financial or health data of their clients are required by law to make sure that they are protecting this data.

    One of the ways they do this is by making sure their computer systems run at a national or internationally recognized standard. The ability to put the sticker of approval from one of these organizations is proof that you’re taking care of business or if you see it at a company you’re doing business, you should feel more assured of your data’s safety.

    Let’s look at a couple of examples of standards that you would use in your business or as a consumer, be protected by without even knowing about it.

    ISO 17799/27002: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an acclaimed international body which sets various worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. Headquartered in Switzerland, it was founded in 1947 and does the bulk of its work through over 2700 technical committees, subcommittees and working groups. They sell their standards across the world and 162 countries are voluntary members of this organization. ISO standards are so common-place that they have become part of some product’s designation; many CD images end with the extension “ISO” to indicate that they are using the ISO 9660 standard file system.

    One of their increasingly important standards is ISO 17799/27002 which is a widely accepted standard for information security management. It is intended to serve as a single reference point for indentifying the range of controls needed for most situations where information systems are used in the commercial or industrial sense by large, medium or small businesses.

    If your company purchases the 17799/27002, you’ll receive a generic guide on how to implement information security procedures in your business. The standard is very comprehensive. It will go over such topics as risk assessment and treatment, security policies, organization of information security, asset management, human, physical and environmental security, media handling, communications and much more. You’ll be able to set up the standard and tailor it to your unique needs. After that, you’ll be able to contact any number of accredited groups to look over your plan and tell you if meets ISO standards. This standard grew out up the requirements devised for ISO/IEC 27001 and revised edition should be released in 2012. Here is an in-depth guide that will tell you more about the standard.

    ISO/IEC 27001: This standard is a formal set of specifications against which organizations can seek independent certification of their Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). An ISMS is a set of policies concerned with information security or IT related risks. The main idea behind this principle is that a company should design, implement and maintain a coherent set of policies, systems and processes to manage risks to its information assets. The 27001 covers all types of businesses, from mom ‘n’ pop shops to multinational corporations. Its use covers many bases; to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, identification and clarifying existing security methods and how they can be improved. 27001 are also used by external and internal auditors to of organizations to demonstrate security policies of a company.

    The main goal of the standard is to organize all security efforts under ISMS, in this sense it is broader than the ISO 17799/27002 which provides a detailed plan for security management. The 27001 is like the standard which allows you to shape your other plans. A good bet would be to use both standards together and get positive overlap.

    It is a very popular standard, over 7300 organizations worldwide have certified as compliant with ISO/IEC 27001. There are mandatory requirements for certification of the 27001 and many accredited agencies which you can use to perform the service. Here is an in-depth guide to ISO/IEC 27001; it will give a full account of the standard and applying it.

    Common Criteria: This system is another approach to data security.  The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (Common Criteria or CC) is an international standard for computer security certification. It is a framework with which a computer system user can specify their security functional and assurance needs. With it a company can make a claim about the security attributes of their products and an outside testing laboratory can evaluate that claim. The CC provides assurance that the testing was done in a proper and rigorous manner.

    The CC grew out three different standards; ITSEC from Europe, CTCPEC from Canada and the TCSEC from the U.S. Department of Defense. What makes it different from the ISO standards is that CC is used more commonly on products. To evaluate the claim the CC uses protection profiles, security targets, security functional requirements, security assurance requirements, evaluation assurance levels.

    Common Criteria has been used on many products; such as access control devices, biometric systems, smart cards, operating systems and databases. Here is a complete list of products. There has been some criticism that the CC is too costly and that there is too much focus on documentation rather than actual security. CC continues to be updated and is currently in the 3.1 version. This is the official website of the Common Criteria Project, a good resource if you wish to learn more.

    Another measure that you and your company can take to increase data security is to have more secured hard drives. IoSafe’s SoloPRO series of external hard drives are excellent choices because of the rugged protection they offer. The physical and data protection is top-notch. Take the 1 TB SoloPRO eSATA/USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive for example. With its environmental protection systems, it’s prepared for any real-world threat from fire, flood, shock, impact, chemical or air fan failure. The Data Recovery Service is a great safety net for a data management program. It’s a three year plan (upgrades available) where you have up to $2500 worth of forensic data recovery and advanced replacement in case of an internal error or system crash. It’s a back-up for your back-up plan. The eSTATA/USB 2.0 connectivity works with a NAS network and would be a niche in your data management system.

    IoSafe products can provide the physical anchor for your new system of data management. At HDDFiresafe.com, we believe in covering all the bases and ioSafe will help you do that.

    These standards and certifications can truly help your business. ISO can help you protect your data and Common Criteria can help you make better products. Each is an investment, of both time and money but doing so will benefit your company in the long run.

    Written by:

    Joseph Fowler


    This post was posted in Prevent Data Loss, Standards / Benchmarks, ISO Standards of Quality and was tagged with fireproof hard drive, ioSafe, data storage, iso certified, data retention, records retention, rto, rpo, ISO 17799/27002

  • Don’t Just Protect your Patients, Protect their Data

    Posted on November 3, 2011 by admin

    Dental & Medical Offices

    If you work in a dentists or medical office, then you’re very familiar with the next words; forms, paperwork, lab results, electronic medical records, doctor’s notes, etc. Managing the health needs of even a small group of people can be a daunting task. Not only is it your responsibility to organize and use that data to protect and improve a patient’s health information, by ethics and the law it’s your responsible to keep that data safe and secure.

    Your office deals with confidential patient information that falls under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act of 1996 (HIPAA) and according to this law, you are required to put administrative, technical and physical safeguards on that patient information. Usually, discussing that means making sure no one steals files, sells patient information or accidently transmits patient data over an unsafe line.

    What about simple accidents or natural disasters or a fire in your building? These occurrences can destroy or corrupt your data just as easily and you need to plan for them. You need disaster-proof/secure hard drives and HDDfiresafe.com has a couple of great models for your office. They’re from the ioSafe, a company that pioneered disaster-proof computer equipment.

    Backup and Store Electronic Medical Records on the ioSafe

    The first ioSafe products we would like you to look at are the Rugged Portable line. Fireproof, shockproof, waterproof and near bulletproof. The Rugged Portable models are a wonderful option for office use. It is fit for usage in any workstation or as a mobile unit, perfect for meetings and transferring data between sites and servers. The ioSafe 250GB Rugged Portable Hard Drive with 5K RPM and USB 3.0 is an excellent model. Its fast connection speeds can go up to 5 GB/s and it includes Genie Timeline Pro backup software with a TrueCrypt encryption program. It supports both Macs and PCs and comes in either aluminum or titanium enclosures. The environmental protection package covers virtually every type of disaster; fire, flood, altitudes up to 15,000 feet, chemical exposure and shock protection. It has been approved by such industry leaders as PCWorld, MacWorld and ARS Technica.

    One of the best features is the Data Recovery Service (DRS). This ioSafe standard feature is the ultimate safety net for hard drives. The 250GB model comes with a three year plan and up to $5000 of forensic data recovery. In the rare event that something would get past the Rugged’s outer shell, you will be covered. There are also 500GB, 750GB and SSD models available.

    The SoloPRO is well suited for Medical Offices and Dentists with computer servers storing PHI or electronic medical records.

    The ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive line is a great choice for the office environment. It’s not as portable as the Rugged line but it’s just as tough and dependable; it’s perfect for any workstation or for server duties. It provides unparalleled data protection with neck-breaking connectivity speeds. The 1TB SoloPRO e STATA/USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive is the perfect example of the line. It is Microsoft Server, Linux, Mac and PC compatible and it has the ability to connect to NAS servers.

    It has a one year DRS plan with up to $1000 of forensic data recovery (upgrades to three and five year plans are available). The environmental protection is top-shelf. You could dunk the SoloPRO in ten feet of water for 72 hours and your data would still be safe and its fire protection ensures that it can in temperatures of up to 1550 Fahrenheit for up to 30 minutes. The Active Airflow Cooling design ensures that the hard drives will run in optimum condition.

    The SoloPRO has the latest in USB technology, its play data transfer can go up to 5 GB/s and the eSTATA interface provides quick and clean access to servers. SoloPRO provides further physical protection with a Kensington security slot as a standard feature that is available with a floor mount or cable lock. There are also 2TB, 3TB and SSD models available and the SoloPRO line has $50 and $100 mail-in rebate deals available and most models are on sale now.

    IoSafe products are the perfect choice for your medical office. They provide layers of security for your patients and peace of mind for your staff. Protecting data is no less essential than protecting the client it represents.

    Written by:

    Joseph Fowler

    HDDfiresafe.com


    This post was posted in HIPAA Compliance, Dental & Medical Offices and was tagged with SoloPRO, Rugged Portable, ioSafe, PHI, hipaa compliance, data storage, electronic medical records

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