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Data Privacy Day 2014: Learn, Test, and Take Action #DPD14

Taking place every year on January 28, Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. AvePoint is proud to be a champion of this year’s event. The day couldn’t come at a better time, of course, as it’s hot on the heels of a year when the topic of privacy was more talked about than ever. It was so prominent, in fact, that Dictionary.com named “privacy” the Word of the Year for 2013.

At AvePoint, we take data privacy very seriously, and it plays a large role in how we help more than 13,000 customers worldwide collaborate with confidence. We believe that it is never too soon to ensure your organization is well versed in both the risks and the realities that revolve around data privacy in order to protect against potential breaches and security threats. And certainly, Data Privacy Day is a perfect day to dive into the topic. We’re happy to provide resources that can help you learn about data privacy, test your existing environments for issues, as well as offer products that help you take action and mitigate risk of privacy violations to avoid costly fines and a damaged reputation.

Learn

When we’re not working with customers or sharing best practices at data privacy events around the globe, our team of privacy experts write prolifically, sharing advice and best practices obtained from the field. Leading up to Data Privacy Day, we have published articles on several industry publications aimed to help you understand the challenges organizations are facing and provide tips to start your data privacy initiatives off right in 2014:

In 2013, we sat down with International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) President & CEO J. Trevor Hughes for an exclusive video interview. Hughes is a highly regarded and widely recognized expert in the privacy community, and he had a lot to say about the state of data privacy today and why this field will continue to grow rapidly in the future. Watch the video below, and we encourage you to share this resource with colleagues who unaware of our eager to learn more about data privacy issues.

Test

AvePoint Compliance Detector is a free, educational solution that can be utilized to report on privacy violations for any URL. Simply visit the website, type in any valid website URL, and instantly test your site from anywhere. From there, you can report on privacy violations to quickly gain insight into key areas of risk your website might be introducing to your organization. With those reports, you can easily identify compliance and quality errors in your web content page by page. Compliance Detector also tests for accessibility and site quality violations. If you haven’t already, today is a great day to put your website to the test!

Take Action

AvePoint Compliance Guardian is designed to ensure that information is available and accessible to the people who should have it and protected from the people who should not. Supporting file systems, Microsoft SharePoint, and web systems, Compliance Guardian helps organizations proactively protect environments from harmful information leaks, contamination, or misuse while simultaneously ensuring that all activities and information residing within are compliant, accessible, and manageable. To see first-hand how Compliance Guardian can help you mitigate risk of privacy policy violations, request a demo from our team today.

So for this year’s Data Privacy Day and throughout the rest of the year, we encourage you to take the opportunity to learn more about the subject, help educate those around you, and determine how you can better your organization’s own privacy initiatives. Keeping an open dialog and taking the right steps to ensure your environments are secure not only benefits your customers and constituents, but helps your organization avoid risk of debilitating fines and a damaged reputation as well.

Dana S.
Dana Louise Simberkoff is the Chief Risk, Privacy and Information Security Officer at AvePoint. She is responsible for AvePoint’s privacy, data protection, and security programs. She manages a global team of subject matter experts that provide executive level consulting, research, and analytical support on current and upcoming industry trends, technology, standards, best practices, concepts, and solutions for risk management and compliance. Ms. Simberkoff is responsible for maintaining relationships with executive management and multiple constituencies both internal and external to the corporation, providing guidance on product direction, technology enhancements, customer challenges, and market opportunities. Ms. Simberkoff has led speaking sessions at data privacy and security events around the globe. She was featured in Forbes, writes a monthly column for CMSWire, and was highlighted in the CSO Online list of “12 Amazing Women in Security”. She is a current member of the Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board and a past member of the Education Advisory Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Ms. Simberkoff holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danalouisesimberkoff/en Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danalouise

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