Afi is deployed as a distributed container-based application in Google Cloud and AWS, with no on-premise components. You can select the backup storage region when you sign up. We are subject to SOC 2 Type II independent audit and are compliant with major security and privacy standards, including GDPR, Privacy Shield, HIPPA.
Afi is hosted as a distributed container-based application in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service is hosted on GCP in the USA, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Australia. On AWS (disaster recovery failover instance), the service is hosted in the United States. These facilities hold the following accreditations: SOC1 – SSAE-16, SOC2, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, HIPAA, FIPS 140-2.
Users can select the data storage location when they install the Afi application, the available locations are:
The physical access to the servers in the datacenters is restricted to authorized Google and Amazon personnel. Afi employees have no physical access to the servers.
All customer data is always encrypted: both in transit and at rest. We use TLS 1.2 for all control communications, including data transfer between Afi components, to ensure all traffic is encrypted. When at rest, we use AES 256bit encryption. Customer access to the service is possible only through Microsoft or Google identity services that support MFA. Afi employees and contractors don't have access to unencrypted customer backup data.
We don't host any on-premise infrastructure and we require two-factor authentication for all employees that work with internal systems (code repositories, build systems, cloud providers). We apply the “least privilege” model meaning we assign access to employees based on the absolute least access someone needs to be able to perform their duties.
Afi services are deployed using Google Kubernetes Engine and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service. High availability and disaster recovery is built-in into Afi's architecture. In case of a component failure, the platform launches additional container instances and redirects the load.
Afi’s backup policies and procedures outline the critical resources, including the databases, that are backed-up automatically to enable recovery needed to meet our SLAs. All production data is being backed up automatically to a separate infrastructure. Afi tests its data recovery plan continuously.
We limit the extend of data sharing with our sub-processors to the degree that is minimally necessary to provide our service and make sure that all the technology providers that we use:
We encrypt (see Encryption & Access Control) all customer data stored in our infrastructure providers' (GCP and AWS) datacenters in transit and at rest. We share only limited information with Stripe, necessary to manage subscriptions, invoice and process payments (including customers' billing addresses, contact details and bank account details). We use customer relations management software, HubSpot and Zendesk, to automate the communication with customers and to store customer contacts in their systems.
|Google LLC||Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offered by Google is a cloud computing service. GCP is compliant with SOC 1/2/3, ISO/IEC 27001, PCI DSS and other major security regulations. Afi uses GCP to host its container-based distributed application using Google Kubernetes engine, as well as to store the backup data using encrypted geo-redundant cloud storage.||Mountain View, CA|
|Amazon.com, Inc.||Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon providing an on-demand cloud computing service. AWS is compliant with SOC 1/2/3, ISO/IEC 27001, PCI DSS and other major security regulations. We use Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service to host our application, and store the backup data using encrypted geo-redundant cloud storage.||Seattle, WA|
|Stripe, Inc.||Stripe offers payment processing and anti-fraud tools which Afi uses to accept payments from customers, manage subscriptions, and perform transaction reporting. Stripe is certified as a PCI Level 1 Service Provider, which is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry.||San Francisco, CA|
|HubSpot, Inc.||HubSpot provides tools for customer relationship management (CRM), social media marketing, lead generation and web analytics. It has TRUSTe certification for Enterprise Privacy and its IT is audited as part of the Sarbanes Oxley compliance. Afi uses HubSpot CRM and analytics tools to manage and automate our sales processes.||Cambridge, MA|
|Zendesk||Zendesk is a helpdesk software provider. It is compliant with SOC 2/3, ISO 27001 and other security regulations. Afi uses Zendesk to accept the customer support tickets, manage and automate the technical support services.||San Francisco, CA|
|Linford & Company LLP||Linford is an independent auditing firm specializing in third party SOC 1, SOC 2, HIPAA compliance audits, FedRAMP, HITRUST assessments. Afi engages Linford to achieve SOC 2 Type II certification.||Denver, CO|
Afi complies with major industry regulations and is independently audited as part of the SOC 2 compliance. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more details or if you have questions about a country- or industry- specific regulation that is not reviewed in this section.
Service organization control (SOC) 2 is a framework that requires service providers like Afi to establish and follow strict information security policies and procedures, encompassing the security, availability, processing, integrity, and confidentiality of customer data.
Afi is SOC 2 Type II compliant and is audited by Linford & Company LLP. SOC 2 is specifically focused on detailed information and assurance about the security, availability, and processing integrity of the systems (unlike SOC 1 that focuses on controls related to clients’ financial reporting, and SOC 3 which is a simplified version of SOC 2). A type II report details how security controls are implemented over a period of time (unlike type I report that reviews them based on a specified point in time).
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) operates the most popular cloud security provider certification program, the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR), helping ensure a secure cloud computing environment.
Afi follows the CSA STAR principles and is included in the CSA STAR registry.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates data protection in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). Afi is compliant with GDPR. Its major requirements and Afi features that help to address them include:
On July 16, 2020, the EU Court of Justice invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, while confirming the validity of the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses as a legal mechanism for international transfers of EU personal data. The U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to administer the Privacy Shield program and Afi will continue to follow its principles.
Afi Data Processing Addendum (see the Documents section) includes the standard contractual clauses that are validated by the EU Court of Justice ruling as a mechanism for international transfers of personal data. We will enter into the DPA if you use Afi to back up personal data of EU residents.
Afi complies with the HIPAA regulations. For customers that process Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) we will sign a Business Associate Agreement.
Information Governance (IG) is a framework developed by NHS Foundation Trust. IG helps organizations to ensure that the information is handled securely and in accordance with relevant legal regulations and industry best practices. Afi is compliant with NHS Information Governance and we work with our customers to assist them with their compliance requirements.
Cyber Essentials is a set of technical controls developed by UK-government and the Information Security Forum. The framework helps organizations protect against cyber threats. Afi earned Cyber Essentials certification through a self-assessment of our systems, and the assessment was verified independently.
|Data Processing Addendum||The DPA includes the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses|
|Mutual NDA||The NDA may be required to start trial or get additional security information.|
|Business Associate Agreement||We'll enter into the BAA if you're subject to HIPAA regulations|