Compliance in the Wild, Wild West of SharePoint

Just like the ‘Wild, Wild West,’ Microsoft SharePoint is many things to many people. It presents a frontier of opportunities and collaboration, but also of dangers. SharePoint can be a mammoth task to secure; and trying to secure SharePoint without content compliance and security solutions is like trying to tame the American frontier without a good sheriff.

Just as the Wild West was a land of the unknown, so is unstructured data. The list of unstructured content includes documents, emails, MySites, TeamSites, Wikis and Blogs; and it continues to explode at an astounding rate. Gartner  predicts a continued growth rate of 650% by 2014, so there’s a lot to consider when it comes to securing this information.

Every organization has its own requirements when establishing content security policies and procedures within SharePoint. However, at a minimum, the topics that should be regulated for content compliance include protecting customer and employee data and security of confidential information. Brand consistency and site quality should also have specific policies in place.

Putting the policies and procedures in place is one thing, enforcing them is quite another. That problem often falls to IT departments. Often organizations take the time to pull this information together, distribute it either in paper format or through email, or store it centrally within SharePoint and then feel that they have ticked the enforcement box. However, this is no longer an appropriate way of handing content compliance especially when large financial penalties hang in the balance.

Luckily in the Wild West of SharePoint content compliance and security there is a Sheriff up to the task. The HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff suite of content-aware solutions automates the process of enforcing paper-based compliance and security policies to take human error out of the equation. The suite empowers executives, the IT department and employees with a proactive solution for policy enforcement to not only validate and report on compliance with policies, but also prevent breaches. Mitigate risk with the ability to automatically classify sensitive content, restrict access to the item, encrypt it, prevent it from leaving SharePoint and even track the document’s chain of custody.

SharePoint is a great platform for managing even the most confidential content with the right partner at your side. Every organization that has deployed the SharePoint platform, or is planning to, should be looking for a solution that mitigates the risk of a privacy breach and ensures compliance with specific regulations and internal policies

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