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California Data Breach Report Says Encryption for Healthcare is a Must

Decorative image of gray padlockAt the forefront of privacy and security issues, California has recently released its 2014 California Data Breach Report. Detailed within the report is an overview of the damaging data breaches impacting California as well as the state’s nine recommendations for data security. Why should we care about what California is doing?

Best Compliance and Security Resources of 2014

Decorative image of 2014It feels like we just started 2014, but somehow it is already December. With the year coming to a close, it is a great time to reflect back on lessons learned. Over the past year, we’ve blogged on topics ranging from data privacy, SharePoint security, Web accessibility, content compliance, HIPAA, ITAR and much more, to help any organization seeking to improve content compliance and security with suggestions on where to start, what to avoid and best practices.

As we wrap up another year, we thought we would share our top viewed blogs of 2014:

Keeping Data Safe This Black Friday

Decorative image of "E-Buy" Computer Key Tomorrow, most Americans will be enjoying Thanksgiving festivities with their family, celebrating what they are truly thankful for over a feast of plenty. However, the Friday after is a different story. While some might want to stay put and watch the shopping unfold on the news, others will be in the depths of shopping galore. And while I do like a little shopping myself, I’d like to take a minute to remind everyone about keeping data safe this black Friday.

High profile retail data breaches have also been of plenty over the last year. It was almost a year ago that Target was breached, and Sally Beauty, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, Kmart and Home Depot have all recently suffered data breaches that exposed their customers’ personal and payment card data. With billions to be spent on Black Friday, and a lot of that spent via credit and debit cards, retailers are responsible for a whopping amount of personally identifiable information (PII) and financial information.

What Every Business Can Learn from Snowden

Decorative image of 4News out that there is a second or even third leaker turning sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist reminds us all about the security of information. With this in mind, today we focus on what every business can learn from Snowden.

While you may not be keeping national secrets, content is the bread and butter for any organization. It might be customer information, HR details, intellectual property (IP) or financial and commercial information. For organizations to get the most out of content, we collaborate on it. We have it stored in platforms like SharePoint or in file shares. It is online, offline, in the cloud, on our desktops or mobile devices. We need it to achieve an end goal.

2014 Sees 25% Increase in Data Breaches

Decorative image of infographic on data breachesAnother year, another data breach; or so it seems. Year after year, the importance of securing personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), credit card information or even company confidential information increases. In our globally connected world, data needs to be secured.

Discouragingly though, the Identify Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that as of this week’s total of 644 breaches, there has been a 25.3 percent increase over the same time period last year (514 breaches).

Trick or Treat? IT Security Pros Beware

IT security professionals, beware! Here are four individuals you’ll want to avoid this Halloween and steps you can take to protect your organization against them throughout the year!

Decorative image of vampire mouth and teethThe Vampire

Vampires feed on the blood of living creatures and cause mischief amongst the neighborhoods they live. This Halloween, avoid vampires in the workplace. These are the employees that maliciously suck information like client contacts, internal communications on products and confidential information from the organization. With 50% of employees admitting to taking corporate data with them when they leave a job, it’s important these vampires are stopped.

HiSoftware’s New Product and Accessibility Training Portal

Screenshot of  training video portalWant to learn more about using HiSoftware’s products? Now we have the tool for you. Today we announced the availability of a new on-demand, video-based Product and Accessibility Training Portal to improve customers’ working knowledge of products and provide in-depth Web accessibility training for developers.

Join HiSoftware at SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire #SPSNH

Logo of SharePoint Saturday EventsSharePoint Saturday New Hampshire#SPSNH is tomorrow and it’s in HiSoftware’s backyard. We’re excited to support our local SharePoint Saturday as a lunch sponsor and will offer you an overview of HiSofware as you eat. Our CTO and Microsoft MVP, Chris McNulty will also present a session on “Access Apps for Business Users with PowerBI on Office 365” (see details below).

Simplifying the Creation of Non-Employee Portals in SharePoint

decorative image of employees with question marksSharePoint 2013 offers companies more flexibility in creating portals for internal and external collaboration alike. Many companies are now looking to use the platform to build hubs for non-employees to access information. The problem is there are some issues and limitations with Microsoft’s recommended strategy for creating these portals that could waste resources and present security issues.

5 W’s of ITAR and EAR Compliance in SharePoint

decorative image of the word securityIf you are using SharePoint and need to comply with or learn more about ITAR and EAR, read our five W’s to help you ensure compliance with these strict regulations.

What

ITAR, or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, are issued by the United States government to control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). In short, the U.S. Government requires all manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense articles, defense services or related technical data to be ITAR compliant. TAA documents (Technical Assistance Agreements) are ITAR contracts between parties, these documents are required to be restricted from transfer or access by authorized persons only.

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