Cloud hosting solutions provider Hostway Services, Inc. (Hostway) has achieved FERPA compliance. Hostway has head offices in Chicago, Illinois, United States and was established in 1998. The company bills itself as “the world’s most trusted hosting provider” and offers a broad range of customized products and solutions. These include cloud solutions (virtual private cloud, dedicated private cloud, and hybrid cloud hosting) alongside hosting solutions that include managed hosting, dedicated servers, and shared hosting. It also specializes in ecommerce solutions such as Magento hosting as well as hosted email, hosted Microsoft Exchange and domain registration services. FERPA attestation now sits alongside Hostway’s HITRUST, HIPAA, and PCI certifications.
The ‘Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act’ (FERPA) is a federal law that applies to all schools in the United States. It protects student privacy, particularly in terms of educational records. With FERPA compliance Hostway’s hosting is “now uniquely positioned to provide educational IT systems with superior compliance and security in protecting student information”. Achieving FERPA requires rigorous evaluation and required Hostway to utilize “multiple layers of security” to protect student data. Likewise, the company had to demonstrate it had policies and procedures in place to protect data from both cyber and physical threats.
“We’re very proud to say that EdTech companies and educational institutions can rely on Hostway to store and maintain electronic student education records in accordance with FERPA regulations,” explained Hostway’s President and CEO, Emil Sayegh. “By strictly following FERPA regulations, we can deliver on our promise to be the most trusted cloud provider for our customer’s mission-critical software applications.”