Cbeyond One of First SSAE 16 Certified Cloud Companies

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DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 22, 2011 – Cbeyond, a leading provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, has announced that its Louisville data center is now operating under Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 Type ll SOC 2 certified controls. As a result of the successful audit, Cbeyond is now one of the first cloud providers to receive such certification.

Considered the second-generation data center audit standard, SSAE 16 SOC 2 reviews evaluate the design and operational effectiveness of a center’s controls against a strict series of international standards. Earning SSAE 16 certification demonstrates that Cbeyond Cloud Services is fully compliant with all necessary security and privacy specifications, and demonstrates that its customers are served and hosted in a highly secure, controlled facility.

The audit’s completion also provides Cbeyond full insight into the people and procedures responsible for successful data center controls.

“Our customers trust our ability to protect their critical data at all times,” said Stacy Griggs, senior director of customer experience for Cbeyond Cloud Services. “Becoming one of the first companies in our industry to receive SSAE 16 certification demonstrates our commitment to better serving our customers by investing in technology, and achieving full compliance through a secure, reliable and controlled data center.”

Earlier this year, SSAE 16 SOC 2 reports replaced SAS 70 Type II audits as the benchmark compliance report for organizations impacted by privacy and security regulations such as HIPAA, PCI and SOX. The new standards required Cbeyond to complete and submit a written assessment of the operating effectiveness and suitability of its controls, which was analyzed by auditors Ernst & Young for its accuracy and adherence.

About Cbeyond
Cbeyond is a leading provider of IT and communications services to 60,000 small businesses in the U.S. Serving growing entrepreneurs, Cbeyond offers more than 30 productivity-enhancing applications including local and long-distance voice, broadband Internet, mobile, BlackBerry, voicemail, email, Web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, and virtual private networking. In addition, Cbeyond’s Cloud Services division offers virtual and dedicated servers and cloud PBX to small businesses worldwide.

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