HiSoftware Expands Privacy Compliance Functionality for Microsoft SharePoint® Customers

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HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® for SharePoint Now Offers Enhanced Checks for HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, Web Beacons and More

Data privacy policies are important, but successfully putting those policies into practice is what ultimately protects an organization from a costly and damaging breach. HiSoftware’s newest solutions for privacy are filling a critical gap in the market.

HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of content-aware compliance solutions, today announced an upgrade to its signature SharePoint compliance product to meet the evolving needs of its customers in healthcare, the federal government and other key sectors. HiSoftware will be showcasing its new privacy functionality at the 2011 Microsoft SharePoint Conference (Booth #538), taking place this week in Anaheim, CA.

The new rule sets for HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint include expanded privacy checkpoints for organizations in healthcare (HIPAA/HITECH) and the federal government (Federal Information Security Management Act or FISMA), as well as updates for regulatory mandates addressing children’s online privacy (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA), Web marketing (online beacon management, federal OMB M-10-22 regulating cookies), and specific state compliance requirements such as Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.

“All too often, organizations in highly-regulated industries, as well as those dealing with large amounts of sensitive information, are forced to forgo the full potential of the Web for collaboration, communication and commerce in the name of privacy and security,” said HiSoftware Executive Vice President Jeff Butts. “Our solutions allow organizations to realize these benefits by automating the monitoring and review of unstructured content stored in SharePoint environments. Once installed, Compliance Sheriff ensures that information moves in and out of SharePoint as required by your internal privacy policy, and in compliance with the myriad of federal and state regulations now in place for the management of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI).”

Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint complements the powerful content publishing and collaboration features in SharePoint Server 2007/2010 by continuously auditing data and documents for compliance requirements such as privacy, information security, accessibility, site quality and brand integrity. Along with the hundreds of checkpoints included in the Compliance Sheriff rules engine, including the new privacy checkpoints released today, Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint allows users to easily define and configure tests for their own unique policies.

"The benefits for HiSoftware’s healthcare customers for example, and ultimately for their patients and staff that leverage SharePoint to collaborate online, is clear. However, making this information available without proper safeguards greatly accelerates the risk of privacy breaches and HIPAA violations,” added Butts. "Compliance Sheriff enables healthcare organizations to realize SharePoint’s collaborative benefits while ensuring that PHI is not exposed to individuals without a clinical or business need for access."

“As SharePoint adoption grows, and the community of contributors to a specific SharePoint environment expands, the risks for publication and exposure of sensitive data grow as well,” said Andy Norris, VP and head of the Federal practice team for Planet Technologies, a leading Microsoft integrator. “Data privacy policies are important, but successfully putting those policies into practice is what ultimately protects an organization from a costly and damaging breach. HiSoftware’s newest solutions for privacy compliance are filling a critical gap in the market, making SharePoint safe for PII, PHI and other sensitive data types.”

The new rules sets are available immediately to prospects and existing customers deployed on 4.x versions of HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff or Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint. For more information, visit HiSoftware at the SharePoint Conference (Booth 538) or submit an online request at http://tinyurl.com/SPConference-InfoRequest to be connected with a solution specialist.

About HiSoftware
HiSoftware is a leading provider of content-aware compliance solutions 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, visit http://www.hisoftware.com.

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