Why is SSAE-18 important for colocation?
The controls covered in SSAE-18, specially in the SOC 2 report, are beneficial for any data center providing colocation services. Those controls include things such as physical and environmental security, data privacy, and facility availability — all things that are important when selecting a data center. Complying with SSAE-18 demonstrates that a data center is a safe and secure place to house your colocated servers.
The five core principles covered by the SOC 2 report are:
- Processing integrity
The first aspect of SSAE-18 compliance for data centers is guaranteeing physical security of colocation facilities. This area is covered by the security principle in the SOC 2 report. If you’re colocating your critical business infrastructure, you need assurances that your hardware is protected from unauthorized access and modification. Whether security controls are implemented with security guards, biometrics scanners, video cameras, or a combination, compliance with SSAE-18 means your servers are physically secure.
A major advantage of colocating your servers is increased availability. Data centers that supply evidence of complying with the availability principle in SOC 2 reports have controls in place to make sure your data, and the infrastructure that serves it, will be accessible to your users at all times.
The processing integrity principle of SOC 2 covers supplying sufficient data and power redundancy. On the environmental security side, compliant data centers closely monitor temperature in their facilities so that your servers always run in optimal conditions, reducing the risk of failure and loss of service.
No matter which industry you’re in, company and customer data is a vital part of every business. Establishing that only authorized users can access sensitive data is the only way to maintain confidentiality. The strict controls needed to cover the confidentiality principle in SOC 2 require protections to be put in place, so you can rest easy knowing your data won’t fall into the wrong hands.
And finally, data privacy is assured for customers that house their servers in SSAE-18 certified colocation facilities. If you’re operating in an industry dealing with sensitive data such as financial trading information or medical records, ensuring your user’s privacy is protected is a core business requirement. SSAE-18 data centers can help you meet industry regulations.
By choosing a data center that complies with SSAE-18, you get a transparent view of the foundation that you’re building your business on and the service you’re providing to your users. Plus, routine audits can catch control issues before they become a problem and control processes can be improved over time.
But SSAE-18 isn’t just useful for operating your own business — your customers also benefit knowing that your company servers are assessed against SSAE-18 and can show evidence of complying with the five principles outlined in SOC 2. Complying with SSAE-18 improves operations, tightens security, and proves a company is operating at a high standard.
It doesn’t matter whether you work in financial trading industry or ecommerce, you expect your colocated servers to be secure and protected, and so do your users. Because of the controls that need to be in place for SSAE-18 certified data centers, and in particular the five principles covered in SOC 2 reports, all colocation customers can benefit from choosing an SSAE-18 compliant colocation facility. You can also check out our dedicated page for SSAE-18 compliance where you can download the full results of the ColoCrossing SSAE-18 report.