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HiSoftware Supports Newly Formed IAAP as a Founding Member

IAAP LogoToday we announced  our involvement as a Founding Member and supporter of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). The goal of the IAAP is to connect individuals, students and organizations globally to gather, share experiences, and contribute to the advancement of the accessibility profession.

Our goal in joining IAAP is to improve the level of skills, knowledge, and professionalism in the accessibility community. While HiSoftware has been very careful in bringing together the right combination of these qualities to serve our customers, we believe it is just as important to help set a clear bar throughout the industry.

#SPC14 Roundup

SPC14 HiSoftware boothLast week I was at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas to talk everything SharePoint compliance and security. After a few days reflection, here’s my roundup of the week:

 1.        Everything Compliance

Microsoft did a lot of taking about SharePoint, Office 365, and Yammer. It became clear that attendees were bee lining it for us to discuss how to make this all compliant. The challenge for these organizations is that they store highly confidential documents that contain personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII). Some need to comply with PCI rules. So how do you make all of this compliant? As Microsoft continues to encourage all types of collaboration across its portfolio of products, technology that can audit, classify, restrict, encrypt, track and control content will become essential.

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff Gets a New Deputy

Screen Shot of Compliance Deputy Browser Integration and Scan Results

Compliance Deputy allows developers and content creators to test web pages as they are created against pre-defined checkpoints from within the browser and view scan results.

The amount of data in the digital universe is staggering with a 40% projected growth in global data generated per year. As a result, content chaos can quickly ensue, creating a breeding ground for compliance and governance risk. To help organizations more easily solve this challenge on the web today we introduced our newest addition to the product family, HiSoftware Compliance Deputy™. Compliance Deputy is an on-demand, browser-based solution that allows developers and content providers to test and repair content from any Content Management System (CMS) for governance factors including accessibility, privacy and site quality prior to publishing in the production environment.

EU Parliament Passes Broad Web Accessibility Law

Decorative image of EU FlagAt the end of last month, the European Union Parliament passed a broad Web accessibility law.   The EU Commission had recommended that only public sector websites that fell within one of twelve categories of specific social services be made accessible.  The EU Parliament has now expanded this to include all public sector sites.  Furthermore, the EU Parliament’s law now includes private sector sites that provided key public services (e.g. utility companies and companies providing transportation, childcare, and health services).

This is particularly important because only one-third of public sector sites are currently accessible, while sixty percent of Europeans accesses the Internet every day.  The draft passed by the EU Parliament would require that:

  • Covered websites must conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA—the same standard being adopted worldwide by governments for Web accessibility.

HiSoftware at CSUN Conference

CSUN Logo for ConferenceOnce again HiSoftware will attend the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge’s 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (known as CSUN) next week. This year, we have quite the lineup for attendees with four sessions showcasing best practices for accessible Web design.

Read more about our sessions below. If you’d like to discuss any of these or how HiSoftware might help you with your Web accessibility requirements, visit booth 414 on the CSUN exhibition floor.

California State University’s Methodology for Driving Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is not something that can be tacked on at the end of Web design; it must be addressed throughout the development process. On Wednesday, March 19, Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and Susan Cullen M.S. and Alen Davoudian both from California State University, Northridge, will join Singleton, Senior Accessibility Test Manager at HiSoftware, to present a case study on “California State University’s Methodology for Driving Web Accessibility.

DOJ Enters Into Landmark Web and Mobile App Consent Decree

Decorative Image of buildingYesterday (March 6), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ or Justice) entered into a consent decree with H&R Block over Web and mobile app accessibility.  The case (National Federation of the Blind v. HRB Digital LLC) represents the first time that Justice intervened in and required a consent decree in a lawsuit based only on Web and mobile app accessibility.  Under the consent decree (cite to, H&R Block must undertake a number of stringent requirements including:

  • Make its web content conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA by January 2015.
  • Make its mobile apps conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA by January 2016.
  • Appoint a Web Accessibility Coordinator to ensure compliance with the consent decree, create a detailed (and publicly posted) Web Accessibility Policy, create a Web Accessibility Committee, solicit Web Accessibility Feedback from its customers, provide special escalated customer assistance for customers with disabilities,
  • Provide mandatory annual accessibility training for anyone developing web content or mobile apps for H&R Block
  • Conduct automated testing of H&R Block’s web content
  • Retain a Web accessibility consultant and provide reports to NFB and DOJ on H&R Block’s conformance (or nonconformance) with the Consent Decree
  • Pay $45,000 in damages to private plaintiffs and $55,000 in civil penalties to Justice.

Most Wanted SharePoint Villain Community Choice – the Votes are In!

Decorative image of Dot our most wanted Villian Community contestThis week we have unveiled to you the winning entries for the SharePoint Most Wanted Content including Andy the Anonymous Admin, Felonious Phil and Fran the Folder Fiend. We featured the top eight submissions and asked you to rate your pick for the most notorious SharePoint offender. The votes are in!

The Community Choice for the Most Wanted SharePoint Character goes to… Dot!

Dot, when uploading her documents, enters as little metadata as possible, typing periods – dots – into every required field where it will allow.

HiSoftware’s #3 Most Wanted SharePoint Villain: Fran the Folder Fiend

Decorative Image of Most Wanted Poster FranAfter revealing our winner Andy the Anonymous Admin and runner up Felonious Phil in the SharePoint Most Wanted Contest at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas (#SPC14), today we post the second runner up.

Fran the Folder Fiend  

Fran creates sub-folder after sub-folder within her document libraries. She sometimes buries them 6, 8 or 10 layers deep, instead of adding metadata and columns to make her files easier to sort, filter and find within the library.

What Can Be Done?

The issue with folders is that even if a user puts a document into the right folder initially, he or she will likely copy the document to other folders to collaborate with different users. SharePoint is not just a filing system; it is a platform for collaboration. Creating duplicate copies in multiple locations contributes to the common SharePoint problem of site proliferation. Solving it allows companies to gain the productivity benefits and competitive edge that SharePoint boasts.

HiSoftware’s #2 Most Wanted SharePoint Villain: Felonious Phil

Decorative image of Most Wanted Phil PosterToday marks day 3 of the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas #SPC14. Prior to the show we held a month long community contest patrolling for SharePoint Most Wanted offenders who are putting their organizations at risk, bypassing governance and training, and whose bad habits are frustrating their co-workers. Today we post the first runner-up.

Felonious Phil

Wanted for constantly, but unknowingly, sharing PHI (personal health information) with unauthorized users. His innocent, but felonious, actions regularly expose his organization to data breaches and costly HIPAA violations and fines.

What Can Be Done?

If you’re handling PHI, you are bound by HIPAA, HITECH and Omnibus legislation and must have processes in place to safeguard this information. As a first step, you need to understand and assess your risk. As part of this exercise, you should perform an initial audit of content against HIPAA policies to see where potential issues exist in your digital environments. This should include an audit of files shares, intranets, extranets and content management systems (CMS) like SharePoint. Using an automated solution to perform the assessment will also help you to see every person who touches PHI.

HiSoftware Posts SharePoint’s Most Wanted: Andy the Anonymous Admin

Decorative Most Wanted Poster of AndyThe 2014 SharePoint Conference opened last night in Las Vegas #SPC14, and the Sheriff is in town at booth 732 to rein in the Wild West of unstructured SharePoint content.

Prior to the show we held a month long community contest patrolling for SharePoint Most Wanted offenders who are putting their organizations at risk, bypassing governance and training, and whose bad habits are frustrating their co-workers. Today on the first full day of #SPC2014, we post our winning submission.

Andy the Anonymous Admin

Andy logs into TeamSites as the farm account and browses libraries and documents that otherwise are not shared with him. Despite regular audits, he thought his actions were untraceable. Unfortunately, Andy was busy browsing over the holidays when he was the only admin on-site.

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