FAQ’s: The Benefits of Fulcrum’s Secure Data and Application Hosting Platform

Data management is in our DNA, which is why we always keep security at the forefront of innovation. Our dedicated team of in-house data scientists and engineers work with our clients every step of the way from building pipelines to applying missing value treatments with the comfort of knowing they are working within a highly secured infrastructure. Our data and technology environment is enabled with the highest standard of security measures and privacy practices. Our infrastructure is handled exclusively by qualified Fulcrum employees based in the US.

FAQ’s: The Benefits of Fulcrum’s Secure Data and Application Hosting Platform

 January 30, 2019


Data management is in our DNA, which is why we always keep security at the forefront of innovation. Our dedicated team of in-house data scientists and engineers work with our clients every step of the way from building pipelines to applying missing value treatments with the comfort of knowing they are working within a highly secured infrastructure. Our data and technology environment is enabled with the highest standard of security measures and privacy practices. Our infrastructure is handled exclusively by qualified Fulcrum employees based in the US.

In this article, we’ll be sharing some of our most frequently asked questions concerning our private cloud and commitment to data security. 

What makes Fulcrum a reliable and user friendly choice for private cloud hosting of data and apps?

Our private cloud platform offers a secure environment for data/technology exploration, testing and hosting services. With our platform, we provide clients with a sandbox to load, store, and manipulate data (including big data) using a wide range of open-source applications/tools to test, run and build analytic models. The platform allows for high-performance computing which makes it a perfect testing environment. Another benefit is that the use of open-source tools to build apps within our hosted environment keeps costs down for clients.  

The biggest advantage of using the Fulcrum private cloud platform for sandbox or open-source app hosting is that clients have access to Fulcrum’s team of skilled data scientists and engineers who can assist in decision making such as the amount of storage needed, software utilization selections and troubleshooting. Furthermore, those data scientists and engineers are available to assist in big data exploration, model building, and application development from the data in the private cloud. And, because our clients span a wide variety of industries and data maturity, we never apply a “one size fits all” approach.

Could you provide a brief description of the standard and unique features of the Fulcrum infrastructure environment?

We utilize an OpenStack platform as the core of our client technology operations. This platform allows our clients to have a fully managed cloud environment, built to spec, while remaining behind several layers of firewalls to ensure that it can be as private or as public-facing as they wish. Most of our clients choose to have site-to-site VPN access to the Fulcrum OpenStack platform or IP-based white-listing where they control their network access, as well as their web-enabled Hadoop, development and reporting applications. We use the latest in private cloud and container-based technology to ensure our solution is easy to deploy, easy to scale and secure.

What is Fulcrum’s process for ensuring compliance with all regulations?

One of the many benefits of having such a diverse clientele is that we ensure that the infrastructure meets the strictest requirements across industries while being customized for geographic specifications. In order to ensure compliance with all regulation, we:

  • Participate in regular legal and regulatory events to stay current within emerging regulations.
  • Task our multidisciplinary Security and Privacy team to meet on a monthly basis to validate our current security posture while making decisions regarding policies, procedures and investments.
  • Proactively research and enact regulatory compliance updates/changes in the USA, EU/EEA, and other regions as needed per our clients.

Furthermore, we are GDPR-compliant and Privacy Shield certified. In working with clients across industries, including financial services and healthcare, we ensure that all our baseline practices meet regulatory requirements ranging from HIPAA to NYS DFS.

What independent audits have been conducted on Fulcrum and our infrastructure?

Fulcrum security personnel are responsible for staying on top of security developments. In addition, the organization, its processes and infrastructure are subject to a yearly SOC 2 Type 2 examination. Our SOC 2 report is available by request. This type of examination, which is conducted by a certified AICPA SOC auditor, ensures our security policies and practices are rigorously reviewed, tested and proven to be as secure as we claim. Additionally, there is regularly conducted independent penetration testing on both internal and external networks. Lastly, we complete client-issued security audits year-round, which provides clients with the comfort needed to utilize our services.  

Curious about how Fulcrum’s secure private-cloud offering and talented data scientists can help to accelerate your data capabilities? Contact us to discover how we can drive your business through the power of analytics. Be sure to follow us on Linkedin to see what we’re up to in 2019!

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