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TOPAZ & Data Security: Encryption

Encryption involves the “scrambling” or encoding of data so that it can only be read via the use of an encryption “key”.  From our perspective, there are two flavors of encryption—encryption of the data streams and “encryption at rest”. Encryption of the data stream prevents “snoopers” from stealing data as it travels through the Internet. …

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TOPAZ and Data Security

Data security within systems like Elements is a multi-faceted topic. When prospects or customers come to us with questions, the areas covered can include encryption, authentication, access control, e-signatures and audit trailing, physical security, and even disaster recovery. Such topics are not quite as newsworthy as spyware attacks on WhatsAPP, but are important to our …

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Happy 40th Birthday to Us!

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of TOPAZ! Our predecessor—GCS— was founded in Norman, Oklahoma in 1979, with the first contract being to provide the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with an animal resource cost accounting system. The company incorporated as GCS (General Computer Systems) in 1981. Census and barcoding capabilities were …

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A Biosafety Webinar!

As described in previous blog posts, the TOPAZ Elements Biosafety Protocols module can make a significant contribution to your compliance activities, make life easier for your PIs, and remove communication friction within and between your compliance committees. To share these exciting opportunities with you, we’ll be hosting a webinar Wednesday, February 27th. During this webinar, we’ll …

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The Silverlight Chronicles

As many of our customers know, the current version of Elements makes use of the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. There is quite a story behind this choice of technology, a story that is now coming to an end as we prepare to release Elements 2019, which removes the need for Silverlight for the Protocols modules (with …

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