HiSoftware Convenes New Working Group to Help Federal Agencies Tackle Privacy, Security Challenges within SharePoint

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Top Agencies Creating “Best Practices” Community Both Online and Off

Public Sector managers from HiSoftware and Microsoft met earlier this week with a group of more than 30 federal government privacy, security, IT and legal professionals to convene the inaugural session of a new working group focused on privacy and security best practices within SharePoint. Participants were comprised of representatives from more than a dozen agencies, including the Department of Defense, Veteran's Administration, National Institutes of Health, the Internal Revenue Service, FDIC and the Securities and Exchange Commission, among others.

“As SharePoint adoption continues to expand within the federal government, and individual agencies increase their use of collaboration and other social computing features within SharePoint itself, the challenges of maintaining content in line with evolving privacy guidelines grows as well,” said Dana Simberkoff, Vice President, Public Sector for HiSoftware. “This forum was designed to provide an extended community of federal policy and technology professionals with the opportunity to connect, ask questions, debate issues and discuss best practices for how solution providers like HiSoftware can support content compliance within a SharePoint environment.”

Universal Need for Governance Policies and Enforcement

The half-day meeting agenda covered a range of topics and product demonstrations related to the governance and maintenance of secure, private data within SharePoint, including a review of integrated records management and access technologies which can also support content compliance. Attendees also discussed their own challenges and concerns related to data practices for both military and civilian information.

“What we learned from attendees is that despite the diversity of organizations and agencies represented, there are remarkably similar issues that span the government IT community, including the creation of strong governance policies to protect sensitive data, the need for ongoing training and education of agency and field personnel who are posting content to the multiplying network of federal SharePoint sites, and the question of both who and how those policies should be enforced,” added Simberkoff. “We’ve been able to capture some important information that can support not just our own technology efforts, but also help our customers and their colleagues share information about key successes and lessons learned with each other.”

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® is an enterprise solution that provides content compliance testing, monitoring and reporting against standards-based policies for privacy, accessibility, social computing, brand integrity, site quality and operational security (OPSEC). It enables organizations to automate compliance enforcement against their Web governance standards for public sites, intranets, extranets, blogs, wikis, forums, and more, as part of a corporate data security and risk management strategy.

Federal Agencies Working Together Online and Off

In addition to the live discussion, HiSoftware has launched a Web-based membership community at https://sharepointgov.hisoftware.com that will allow attendees to share, update and collaborate on content compliance practices and the business rules central to the role HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff plays within their organization. The community is open and accessible to all qualified government privacy, security and technology professionals.

About HiSoftware
HiSoftware is a leading provider of Web content and compliance software for the monitoring and enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments. The company’s solutions provide a Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) platform for content management and collaboration processes that support corporate and brand integrity, site quality, accessibility and confidentiality for public websites and portals, as well as internal intranets and SharePoint sites. HiSoftware’s customers include some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. For more information, please visit http://www.hisoftware.com.

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