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Better Together: HiSoftware and Cryptzone

Decorative image of the better together milk and cookiesIf you read this morning’s newswires you may have seen that HiSoftware made a significant announcement. Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has acquired HiSoftware. This is an exciting time for both companies as we unite, as well as for our rapidly growing customer base.

WEBINAR: HIPAA & Secure Information Governance – Myths, Realities & Practical Solutions

Decorative image of computer chip with healthcare symbolInformation 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. To further complicate matters, technology including the cloud and mobile, are rapidly expand the ways providers and payers share, store and access information. Keeping data safe and in compliance with not just HIPAA, but other mandates that govern personal and payment data, has become even more challenging.

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

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:

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