Information placed on the internet and available publicly can be used in unintended ways regardless of your original intent. This is true for public sector organizations, businesses, and individuals alike. As defined by Wikipedia, “Information Assurance (IA) is the practice of managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.”
It goes almost without stating that companies must be vigilant in designing both privacy and security protections into their design and quality assurance practices. However, outside of protecting systems from the “bad guys” that steal our information, companies have an additional obligation to behave as good corporate citizens. This includes not only protecting the information of their customers, but also communicating clearly with them about how they will use, store, and protect this data. Just because a consumer gives his or her private information, that does not mean that the company has a right to take that information and use it any way it sees fit. Rather, companies have an obligation to clearly communicate what they will do with private information provided to them, and if they change those practices, they must notify consumers and provide them with the ability to choose to participate or not.
Compliance Guardian Online, which is generally available today, provides AvePoint’s flagship compliance solution through a Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud platform based on Microsoft Azure. Removing the challenges in deploying your own IT Infrastructure, Compliance Guardian Online allows organizations to scan, audit, and report on data across public facing websites and web applications as well as their Office 365 – SharePoint Online environments. Compliance Guardian Online provides continuous scheduled and real-time monitoring of your web systems to identify non-compliant data across a broad framework of organization-specific or regulatory requirements, including:
- Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
- information assurance
- operations security
- Sensitive Security Information (SSI)
- brand management
- site quality
With Compliance Guardian Online, your organization can be a good corporate citizen by ensuring your websites and web applications:
- comply with privacy requirements and secure collection practices for personal and sensitive data
- appropriately use tracking technologies
- properly use and implement your privacy statements
Ready to try it today? Register for a 14-day free trial to see for yourself how Compliance Guardian Online ensures organizations’ web applications, websites, and SharePoint Online sites are protected from privacy and security risks without adding additional infrastructure.