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GRC20/20 on Information Governance & Collaboration in Financial Services

Image of Wall Street“Collaboration and use of information has revolutionized how technology creates value for financial services firms. However, a challenge for financial services organizations is to govern information and collaboration across a distributed and dynamic environment. How does the financial services organization take advantage of the wealth of benefits that online collaboration platforms and pervasive access to information promises, while avoiding the compromise of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical business information, increased risk exposure, legal and regulatory actions?”

Excerpt from GRC20/20’s“Information Governance & Collaboration in Financial Services

Avoid the Undertow of Web Accessibility Lawsuits

Decorative image of access key on keyboardA few months ago, I was attending an IT accessibility conference.  Two of my friends, each from large software companies, mentioned how disability rights groups had recently threatened to sue them.  Of course, neither one would give many details— saying that your company discriminates against blind people isn’t the sort of thing that companies like to brag about.  They did mention, however, that they had to make changes to their website and their software.

New PCI DSS Requirements to Reduce Third Party Risk

Decorative image of credit cardsThis month, the PCI Security Standards Council published supplemental guidance to help organizations and their third-party service providers (TPSPs) reduce risk around payment data storage, processing and transmittal. By better understanding their respective roles, entities can more effectively meet PCI DSS compliance and secure the cardholder data environment.

Protecting Data as Breach Costs and Penalties Rise

Image of dollar signIf you can put your hand over your heart right now and say that employees are completely following your data governance policies to keep customer, partner, and fellow employee information safe, then you do not need to read further. However, for the rest of us, we suggest you read on.

FTC the “Other” Data Security Sheriff in Town

Decorative image of yellow people standing with Doctors lab coatsInformation security is top of mind in light of recent high profile breaches impacting millions of consumers. If you’re a healthcare organization, the need to protect patient data is paramount. The laws are getting more stringent and oversight from agencies other than HHS is around the corner.

The examples of this are clear. Consider the case involving LabMD, a medical testing laboratory and a covered entity under HIPAA. In August last year, the FTC filed a complaint against LabMD alleging the company exposed the personal information of about 10,000 people in two incidents. LabMD responded with its own missive: a motion to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the FTC enforcement action clashed with HIPAA’s information security regulations.

SharePoint 2013 Tips – Part 5 Co-Authoring and OneDrive

In my final post of my five part series on SharePoint 2013 tips, I’m focusing on co-authoring and OneDrive for business. You can also read my last four blogs here:

  1. Part 1 Scale, Sprawl and Control
  2. Part 2 Sharing, Sending and Storage
  3. Part 3 SharePoint Branding and ILM
  4. Part 4 New Collaboration


Co-authoring, or letting multiple users edit a document simultaneously, was introduced in SharePoint 2010. But there were all sorts of rules – Excel only worked with the OWA browser client, whole PowerPoint and Word only allowed co-authoring from the desktop “rich” client.  In Office 2013, it doesn’t matter – you can mix and match multiple clients simultaneously.   Everyone can see the changes as they are made – and you can see who else is editing and see when updates are posted.   For example, in Word, the window chrome at the bottom of the screen is informative:

HiSoftware at eduWeb to Discuss Web Governance & Accessibility

Logo for eduWeb ConferenceThe legal landscape of Web accessibility in higher education has changed. Colleges and universities face the increasing chance of liability due to inaccessible Web content, yet achieving full accessibility is still a problem for many.

The University of Minnesota Duluth put together a summary of some high profile cases in October last year to outline the numerous lawsuits. Included within the list were Louisiana Tech, South Carolina Technical College System, University of Montana, Florida State University, Northwestern University, New York University, Penn State University, Law School Admissions Council, Arizona State, Princeton, Reed, Pace, Darden School of Business, and Case Western. Each of these colleges and universities has faced litigation for inaccessible Web content and technologies. Typical Web inaccessibility issues include inaccessibility of course materials, Web sites, Web content and services such as class assignments, live chat and discussion boards, videos without captions or even Google Apps.

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