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HiSoftware Posts the SharePoint Most Wanted Contest Winners

March 2, 2014

SharePoint Users Share their Governance Frustrations: HiSoftware Adds them to the Sheriff's Most Wanted List

Nashua, NH – SharePoint creates a Wild West of unstructured content. The result, despite training and helpful reminders, is users having a hard time remembering the rules around data governance. HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of compliance and security solutions, today announced the winning submissions for the SharePoint Most Wanted Contest, which asked the SharePoint community who is wanted for putting organizations at risk.

The submissions revealed the day-to-day frustrations that plague SharePoint users, administrators and companies alike. Contestants shared a “character” in their organization and revealed what they had done to earn their place as one of SharePoint’s “Most Wanted.” The winning and runner-up submissions exposed SharePoint’s Most Wanted characters, their sometimes risky behavior and annoying habits:

Images of HiSoftware SharePoint Most Wanted Winners Posters

    Andy the Anonymous Admin
    Andy logs into TeamSites as the farm account and browses libraries and documents that otherwise are not shared with him. Despite regular audits, he thought his actions were untraceable. Unfortunately, Andy was busy browsing over the holidays when he was the only admin on-site.

    Felonious Phil
    Wanted for constantly, but unknowingly, sharing PHI (personal health information) with unauthorized users. His innocent, but felonious, actions regularly expose his organization to data breaches and costly HIPAA violations and fines.

    Fran the Folder Fiend
    Fran creates sub-folder after sub-folder within her document libraries. She sometimes buries them 6, 8 or 10 layers deep, instead of adding metadata and columns to make her files easier to sort, filter and find within the library.

“The SharePoint Most Wanted Contest provided insight into the real-world problems of users and administrators alike, as well as some of the very serious risks companies face with unrestricted access to data,” said HiSoftware CEO Kurt A. Mueffelmann. “The submissions validate the key challenges that our customers and prospects come to us to solve: how do we secure collaboration in SharePoint so only the right people have access to the right content, and how do we better leverage SharePoint for easier collaboration.”

The winning submissions will be displayed as “Wanted Posters” on the HiSoftware booth (732) this week at theSharePoint Conference 2014 (#SPC14). HiSoftware is running a contest featuring the top nine submissions, asking the SharePoint community to select their pick for the most offensive SharePoint villain. To vote go to or visit HiSoftware at booth 732 during #SPC14.

About HiSoftware

HiSoftware provides end-to-end information security and compliance solutions to help organizations address business process, regulatory and productivity concerns around the secure collaboration of data in content management systems and social environments. HiSoftware solutions add a layer of security at the content level to enforce data and web governance policies and improve collaboration, while minimizing risk on a wide range of digital environments including SharePoint, file shares, enterprise social systems, mobiles, intranets, extranets, public websites and the cloud. HiSoftware is a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner with over 1,000 customers across a broad range of industries including Global 2000 companies, higher education, and US and international government agencies. Learn more at or follow @HiSoftware on Twitter.