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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).

HiSoftware Accessibility Experts to Present at Accessing Higher Ground

Ahead logoNext week, HiSoftware’s Jeff Singleton and Ken Nakata will present at the 17th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference.

The event held from November 17, 2014 – November 21, 2014 in Colorado is focused on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources are a particular focus of the event.

2015 Trends: Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection & Context-Rich Systems

decorative image of 2015It’s hard to believe we are in the last quarter of 2014. This has been a tough year for security with household names including Target, Sally Beauty, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, KMart, Dairy Queen and Home Depot all suffering data breaches that exposed their customers’ personal and payment card data. As we all look towards 2015 and our security practices in light of these breaches, Gartner’s recently released top 10 strategic technology trends struck a chord. Two I found particularly relevant to our readers include:

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.

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.

AFM Module Supports SharePoint 2013

AFM Screen ShotWhile public-facing websites have traditionally been the focus for accessibility, the growing reliance on systems like SharePoint for internal collaboration requires organizations to also consider application accessibility. Today we announced that the latest version of the Accessibility Foundation Module (AFM) for SharePoint now supports SharePoint 2013. AFM ensures SharePoint environments can be used and accessed by all users in compliance with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards.

Where in the World is Chris McNulty this Fall?

Image of the earthWe are fortunate that Chris McNulty, our CTO has in-depth expertise across the SharePoint and Microsoft landscape. A benefit to us and Chris’ air miles is he’s asked to speak at events across the US. Here’s a list of where Chris will be speaking over the next two months.

SharePoint Saturday Louisville

Date: October 25, 2014 – October 25, 2014
Location: Louisville, Kentucky USA

Double Up! – Moving to SharePoint on Azure and SharePoint in Office 365

New CFO Andy Jones Joins Cryptzone to Manage Rapid Growth

Headshot of Andy Jones, CFOFollowing quickly on the heels of the Cryptzone acquisition of HiSoftware, today I’m excited to announce Andy Jones has joined the company as chief financial officer.

Jones is a skilled finance leader with over 25 years of experience, more than 12 of which include working with venture capital and private equity-backed companies. Prior to joining Cryptzone he was CFO at Integrity Interactive, a private equity-financed $30MM company that provided Global Ethics and Compliance programs to Global 2000 companies, and successfully sold that business for $170MM. Previously he was CFO of CCBN, a $65MM information services business that was also successfully sold for $150MM. He has also held top finance positions at Nasuni Corp., TrueAdvantage, Inc., New River, Inc., Thomson Financial and Seagram’s. Jones holds a business degree from the University of Edinburgh and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

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).

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