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Cloud Interest, On Premises Realities: SharePoint & Office 365

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The small town of Toronto from the air © 2015 Christopher F. McNulty

Last week, at the inaugural CollabCon conference in Toronto, I was struck by the interest level in cloud-hosted SharePoint. I ran two sessions on cloud migration and hybrid architecture, and I’ve never seen such a large crowd for both topics.

Think back to last month’s SPTechCon, which was billed as ‘SharePoint at the Crossroads’. I think “SharePoint in the Sky” is more appropriate. Microsoft and Amazon focused almost exclusively on the cloud during keynotes, and interest in learning about cloud optimization seemed greater than ever before. My nonscientific sampling showed many in attendance still supported SharePoint 2010 on premises — and were evaluating a move to Office 365 or 2013 in the next six to 12 months. Interest in on-premises solutions was level with in the cloud.  And, as always the primary driver is enterprise content management and document sharing.

Where in the World is Chris McNulty (This Winter!)

Decorative image of globeWe’ve started a tradition of playing where in the world is Chris McNulty? This winter Chris will be getting out of the Boston snow headed for some cool events. Here is a list of where you can find Chris to hear him talk about all things SharePoint and Office 365!

Securing Sensitive Information in Office 365

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Shows the Office 365 library with the Privacy module deployed and pass/fail results for the files displayed

Microsoft’s quarterly earnings call at the end of January touted strong demand for its cloud services. Commercial revenue grew 5 percent to $13.3 billion, driven by Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics CRM Online.

Office 365 is growing rapidly. Public disclosures from Redmond reveal a triple digit growth rate, and an annual revenue run rate above $2.5 billion. Office 365 is a collaboration tool enabling you to create, store and work together on content. Organizations are opting to work with Microsoft to help control their enterprise collaborative content. However, these organizations need to understand where users save sensitive data and who is using it, so it can automatically be secured.

Today we announced HiSoftware Security Sheriff for Office 365, which extends the features and functions of our on-premises solution for inspecting, classifying, securing, auditing and processing content to Office 365, SharePoint Online, OneDrive and hybrid environments.

Our CEO, Kurt Mueffelmann said in today’s announcement, “The SharePoint capabilities of Office 365 make it simple to create content and share it with a global audience. However, its ease of collaboration and the resulting upsurge of content also come with increased risk. We recently surveyed SharePoint users during a webinar, and 81% of respondents said user mistakes have been the leading source of actual damage from breaches. Security Sheriff provides organizations with the ability to apply granular security controls around content, to limit the damage that can be done by unfettered collaboration.”

Security Sheriff for Office 365 uses our full-text, high-speed policy scanning for real-time monitoring and control of the full document information lifecycle. We’re also finding enterprises planning cloud-centric or exclusive use of the cloud with Office 365. To support this model, Security Sheriff is now available on Microsoft Azure, giving organizations the flexibility to deploy best of breed compliance without any legacy on premises servers.

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Screen shot of Site Sheriff View Results

More information can be found online. You can also stop by and visit us at the HiSoftware booth (#702) during SPTechCon in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 8-11, 2015 to discuss more about Security Sheriff for Office 365.

HiSoftware Sheriff and Chris McNulty to Arrive in Austin for SPTechCon

Logo for SPTechCon TexasNext week, the Sheriff is in town at SPTechCon in Austin Texas. HiSoftware and Cryptzone (if you haven’t heard we’re merging) will offer advice on how to keep SharePoint content secure while maximizing your investment in the collaboration platform. Head on over to the HiSoftware/Cryptzone Booth (702) to learn more about our award-winning solutions for secure collaboration and what we have in store for Office 365 – check our blog for the announcement on Feb 9th.

Is Your Intellectual Property Going for a Walk?

Decorative image of man typingDo you know if your intellectual property is going for a walk? The chances are it is. One in five employees are going rogue with corporate data according to a Help Net Security article reporting findings from a Vanson Bourne survey. According to the article, these employees have “uploaded proprietary corporate data to a cloud application, such as Dropbox or Google Docs, with the specific intent of sharing it outside of the company.”

Worried? You should be. The article reported that 66% of users are able to access those cloud storage applications after leaving their last job – even though 60% of employees were aware that their employer strictly forbids taking intellectual property (IP) after leaving the company. One in four admitted they would take copies of corporate data with them when leaving a company.

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:

Meet HiSoftware/Cryptzone at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014

SharePoint Fest LogoSharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 starts next week! HiSoftware/Cryptzone will be exhibiting at booth #39 to showcase our solutions to rein in compliance and secure sensitive content in SharePoint for improved collaboration.

Our CTO, Chris McNulty, Microsoft SharePoint MVP is also presenting three sessions including:

Pre-conference Workshop: Full Day Workshop: WS 103 – SharePoint 2013/Office 365 Admin MasterClass

WEBINAR: Extending Your Data Security Controls to Office 365

Decorative image of cableThe ease of access and availability of Office 365 has made it a compelling platform for many enterprises, in addition to its cost advantages. But it also brings many challenges. Is it safe to store confidential information in the cloud? How can it be secured? Can data protection policies be centralized across on-premises and Cloud environments?

HiSoftware has a tradition of automating compliance and security governance on-premises. Join SharePoint MVP Chris McNulty on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:00am EST/4:00pm GMT for a review of how you can seamlessly extend the same automatic policies and controls from your on-premises SharePoint environment to Office 365.

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.

Visit HiSoftware at SharePoint TechFest Houston

logo of SharePoint TechFest HoustonSharePoint TechFest Houston starts tomorrow! We hope to see you during the event. Be sure to stop by Booth #11 to learn more about our solutions to rein in compliance and secure sensitive content in SharePoint for improved collaboration. You can also enter to win a $100 American Express Gift Card.

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