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Understanding the Structure of WCAG 2.0

Decorative image of Web, WCAG and Accessibility wordsSince the WCAG 2.0 standard was published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in December 2008, it has since become the de facto guideline for basing global Web accessibility standards. This is for good reason – WCAG 2.0 substantially improves the end-user experience for people with disabilities. Instead of providing a minimal level of accessibility, WCAG 2.0’s goals were to level the differences between users with and without disabilities as much as possible. The structure of WCAG 2.0 is based on ensuring that four principles are met – content should be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust for all users regardless of disability.

2015 Compliance Predictions

Decorative image of 2015Highly regulated industries from healthcare and financial services to government agencies have had to make compliance part of the bread and butter of the organization. Now with increased global regulation, public and private companies, regardless of industry, are facing the same compliance requirements – with good reason. Consumer data is valuable, and with both malicious and accidental breaches occurring regularly, both customers and governments are demanding protection. In 2015, new regulations, changes to compliance requirements and general trends will change many markets. Here are some of our predictions.

Happy New Year from Cryptzone & HiSoftware

Decorative Image of 2015 Happy New YearWe hope 2015 is a year of abundant success and joy. Have a wonderful New Year!

We’ve already started working on new content for 2015. We have some predictions and New Year’s resolutions that we’ll be posting in the coming weeks.

Have a very happy New Year and come visit us in 2015 to stay abreast of the latest compliance and security trends for 2015.

Holiday Wishes and Reflections on 2014

Wishing you Happy HolidaysIt’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. 2014 has been an exciting year. Most notable, Cryptzone and HiSoftware announced a merger. The last few months has been a flurry of activity as we look to create a unified company and set of products that are unrivaled in the industry.

We also launched a few new products including AppGate Version 11.0 which delivers a unique approach to Citrix and Terminal Server access control, HiSoftware Site Sheriff Version 2.0 for dynamic access and permission in SharePoint, and HiSoftware Compliance Deputy to allow developers to test content prior to publication in their browser.

Data Privacy Lessons Learned from 2014

Decorative image, hand covering the word privacyWhen we look back in a few years, some might consider 2014 the year of the data breach. High profile breaches of brands like Michaels, Sally Beauty, Neiman Marcus, Dairy Queen and Home Depot are the names you think of instantly. It might surprise you to learn that there have been a reported 720 breaches, representing a 24.8 percent increase over the same time period last year according to Identify Theft Resource Center.

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:

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

An Exciting Week at Accessing Higher Ground

AHG LogoJeff Singleton, Doug Johnson, and I attended the Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) conference in Westminster, just outside Boulder, Colorado last month. I’ve been attending AHG for over a dozen years and this year’s conference was easily the busiest and most exciting yet. In the time that I’ve been to AHG, I’ve seen it blossom from a small conference at the University of Colorado into one of the biggest and best conferences for IT accessibility in higher education. Howard Kramer from the University of Colorado has been at the helm throughout its development. It’s been a great pleasure to work with Howard over the years. He takes a genuine interest in making each session great for all of the attendees—and his conference sessions have inspired and networked countless others who are also changing the world. It also doesn’t hurt that he has to be one of the nicest and most patient guys in our field.

WCAG 2.0 Should Not Be Applied to Software and Mobile Apps

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I have growing concerns about the application of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to software and particularly mobile apps.

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