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Hostirian 2019 SSAE 18 SOC 2

Get the report: Hostirian 2019 SOC 2 Type II

St. Louis, MO  April 21, 2020 – Hostirian, LLC, a provider of technological solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed a System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2® Type II Audit examination for their Colocation Data Center System. Hostirian, LLC retained international business advisory firm Skoda Minotti for its SOC 2® audit work. Hostirian, LLC selected Skoda Minotti after an intensive search based on their reputation as a leading risk advisory and compliance firm.

Ben Osbrach, CISSP, CISA, QSA, CICP, CCSFP, partner-in-charge of Skoda Minotti’s risk advisory group said, “We were excited to work with Hostirian from the very start. They are an intriguing organization delivering high-quality services and their business adds to our growing SOC reporting practice.”

SOC 2® engagements are performed in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) AT-C 205, Reporting on controls at a service organization based on the trust service principles outlined in the AICPA Guide and reporting on controls at a service organization relevant to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality or privacy. The SOC 2® Type II report is performed by an independent auditing firm and is intended to provide an understanding of the service organization’s suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of its internal controls. A service organization may select any or all of the trust service principles applicable to their business and Hostirian chose to report on security. The successful completion of this voluntary engagement illustrates Hostirian’s ongoing commitment to create and maintain a secure operating environment for their clients’ confidential data.

Skoda Minotti’s testing of Hostirian’s controls included examination of their policies and procedures regarding network connectivity, firewall configurations, systems development life cycle, computer operations, logical access, data transmission, backup and disaster recovery and other critical operational areas of their business. Upon completion of the audit, Hostirian received a Service Auditor’s Report with an unqualified opinion demonstrating that their policies, procedures, and infrastructure meet or exceed the stringent SOC 2® criteria.

“The successful completion of our SOC 2® Type II examination audit provides Hostirian’s clients with the assurance that the controls and safeguards we employ to protect and secure their data are in line with industry standards and best practices,” said Ken Cox, CEO.

About – Hostirian, LLC

Hostirian is a wholly-owned company of River City Internet Group, LLC. Hostirian is responsible for various activities related to managing client systems. The types of service offerings available are listed below.

Hostirian’s data centers are located on 11756 Borman Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 and at 710 N. Tucker, Suite 420, St. Louis, MO 63101. Hostirian’s data centers are 10,000 square feet and 16,000 square feet data operation facilities intended to provide uninterrupted power and service for Hostirian clients. The facilities are designed to greatly reduce client downtime and operate under supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The data centers currently host, monitor and/or manage user systems located within the two facilities. The colocation model is available to all Hostirian clients and allows Hostirian to act as the client’s server or data warehouse.

The colocation model provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year on-site live support services for basic reboots, rack or cage space, and power to customer-owned equipment.

About – Skoda Minotti

Skoda Minotti is a Certified Public Accounting Firm based in Cleveland, OH offering a variety of tax, finance, and business advisory services in virtually every area of business. The Risk Advisory practice specializes in SOC Reporting, PCI DSS Compliance, HIPAA Compliance and HITRUST validation, FISMA, NIST, ISO 27001, Vulnerability and Penetration Testing, and other regulatory information security assessments. Staffs in Skoda Minotti’s Risk Advisory hold several industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), and GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT). For more information about Skoda Minotti’s Risk Advisory Services, please visit skodaminotti.com/risk.

Networking Champions Do This. Do You?

Networking-Champions

Here’s a networking tip for when you’re out and about spreading the word about your new business. Instead of chatting briefly and exchanging business cards, ask this, “If I were talking to someone who needed your services, what should I say to them?” This gives them the opportunity to give you their 30 second commercial touting their business. Everyone loves to talk about themselves and their business.

Ask for ten of their business cards

Then ask them for 10 of their business cards instead of one. Why? Because it says to them that you’re interested in networking with them, instead of just marketing to them directly – like every other sales rep they’ve ever met. It sets you apart.

Reaching their sphere of influence

When you think about it, everyone has a sphere of influence. When you say word of mouth is the best way to grow your business, how do you get that prospect or client to spread the word about your business? It all starts by showing an interest in their business, providing solutions that help them, and above all – great customer service.

They just said, YES

You’ll never be able to reach their sphere of influence on your own. Ask them for referrals (their sphere of influence) immediately after the sale. They’ve just said YES to your product or service. They know, like and trust you. Take it one step further. Ask them to let the person they just referred to you know that you’ll be calling.

Ask for the referral

All sales reps know that you have to ask for the sale. The same principle applies in networking – you have to ask for the referral.

A Key to Selecting the Right Operating System to Host Your Website

Right-Operating-System

Are you confused when presented with which operating system to choose when selecting a web hosting provider’s hosting packages? You’re not alone. And no, it doesn’t matter what operating system you have on your desktop or work station – they don’t have to match your hosting platform. You can be using Windows 7 on your desktop and Linux on your web server. So what are the key guidelines to select one versus the other?

Applications make the difference

On a shared web hosting platform, both operating systems are normally priced the same. If you’re leasing a dedicated server though, Linux is open source (free) and Windows is proprietary to Microsoft applications that require license fees. If you need services like Active Server Pages (ASP), MSSQL, MS Access, Visual Basic or remote desktop, these applications are Windows specific.

Are Linux servers more secure?

I see this brought up quite often in comparisons and the answers are all over the board. Very simply, the answer is NO. Both operating systems can be locked down tight. What I generally see are providers that only offer Linux platforms stating that Linux is preferred.  Both support a wide range of software applications, languages and databases.

Control panels for operating systems

Control panels do vary by operating system platforms with cPanel frequently offered for Linux versus Plesk for Windows. Of the two, cPanel is more popular, but both are comprehensive.

CentOS is popular, but there are other flavors

There are different flavors of each operating system: with Linux; CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and others, and with Windows; 2016 Standard and Data Center Edition.

My recommendation is to match your specific requirements to the Operating System that best fits your website. If in doubt, call us – 800-615-9349. We can help.

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We offer a simple little tool that has helped millions of people improve their online presence by auditing more than 70 factors laid out by the major search engines. It starts with an overall score of your website and the number of issues it uncovers. The analysis is date and time stamped so you can set a baseline for improvement.

Busy schedule?

This analysis can be performed in less than a couple of minutes and then downloaded as a PDF for viewing at a later date, by one of your associates or if you need help, we’ll review the analysis with you FREE of charge (no obligation whatsoever).

Your site will be ranked on:

  • On-Page SEO
  • Responsiveness
  • Page Speed
  • Links


Where the analysis starts

The analysis begins with Page Titles and Meta Descriptions, with Best Practice Tips and Recommendations. Then it goes into Single, Two, Three and Four Word Keywords, how often they occur, their density and whether they could be picked up as spam.

What is your site’s ratio of text to HTML?

Total words are counted, then a text/HTML Ratio Test is executed. The ideal ratio of text to HTML code must be between 20 to 60%. Where is yours?

Are you properly using H tags?

H tags are then analyzed followed by whether your site has robot.txt and a sitemap. Not all of your site should be indexed, but every site should have a sitemap.

Favicon

Oft overlooked is the Favicon. Sites without favicons are frowned upon for lack of attention to detail, and lost opportunities for branding.

Image Alt Text

This one catches a ton of websites, but it is important as it strengthens the message toward search engine providers AND improves the accessibility of your website.

Is your site Doc Type defined and does it contain depreciated HTML tags?

Doc Type isn’t critical, but it is used to validate your web page. Are you using older HTML tags and attributes? If yes, be aware that they’re likely to become obsolete, so future support cannot be guaranteed.

HTML Page Size 

Ideally, you want your pages to load fast, so reducing size matters, but so does structuring your site so that the most critical things load first. Enabling GZIP compression also helps. Is your site GZIP compression enabled?

Inline and Internal CSS occurrences

Excessive inline or internal CSS occurrences increase the loading time of your site. Not only is this a ranking factor for the search engines, but it also correlates to viewer experience. Once a visitor finds your site, your goal should be for them to hang around a while, get to know you and maybe purchase something.

Microdata Schema Test

Think of microdata as underlying information that helps the search engines better understand your content. The result? Significantly better search results!

IP Canonicalization Test

What our analysis looks for here are multiple domain names registered under a single IP address. Why? Search bots can label other sites as duplicates.

Plain Text Email Test

Do you like spam? None of us do, so one of the things our analysis looks for is plain text email addresses on your site. Scraping agents are constantly crawling websites looking for victims.


Mobile Friendly Check

This one should be obvious. Everyone and their brother or sister carries a mobile device of some sort. Does your site display properly across the broad range of mobile devices on the market?
Are all of your links and buttons large enough for your visitors to easily tap? Does your mobile site download quickly? Want to know what your Google Page Speed Insight score is? Our analysis gives you that score.

What else do we analyze?

We look at Page Statistics, the Plugins you may be using, whether your font sizes are legible, your Google Desktop Page Speed Score, any landing page redirects and whether your site leverages browser caching.

How quickly does your server respond?

If your site is underperforming, our analysis addresses the issues and identifies potential problems.

Is your CSS, HTML and JavaScript minified? 

Not only does our analysis identify how resource size can be reduced, it gives you the percentage of possible reduction.

Optimizing Images

This one is a biggie. Our analysis identifies images that should be optimized and displays the percentage of possible reduction. What you want to do is reduce an image’s size without reducing its quality.

Above the fold

What we analyze here is whether the above the fold content is properly prioritized.

Link Information

We identify all of your site’s internal and external links, plus your NoIndex, NoFollow and DoFollow Links AND if your links are SEO friendly.

An SEO friendly link follows these basic rules:

The URL should use a dash as a separator, not use parameters or numbers, and should be a static URL.

To resolve this, use these techniques.

1) Replace underscores or other separators with a dash, clean URL by deleting or replacing numbers and parameters.
2) Merge your www and non www URLs.
3) Do not use dynamic and related URLs. Create an XML sitemap for proper indexing by search engines.
4) Block unfriendly and irrelevant links with robot.txt
5) Endorse your URLs in canonical tags.

AlexaRank

Need to know what your traffic or reach rank are? We give you the score that Alexa assigns to your website.

Finishing Up

Do you know who your site is hosted with or where they’re located, or whether you’re IPv4 and IPv6 compatible? How about cURL responses?


About Hostirian

Hostirian has been helping businesses with IT solutions for over 20 years. Offering this FREE resource is just one way we push the envelope to help businesses do what they do best, and that is to run successful online businesses.

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