MSOffice 365 Compliance Manager

Kreative’s commitment to compliance is at our core. With that said, I was very excited to receive an email from Office365 Message Center this morning (2/24/2018). If you are MS Office365 user, you too probably received the announcement regarding its Compliance Manager feature moving from Public Preview to General Availability. See below:

Microsoft’s Office 365 Center Message – “As announced in November of 2017 in MC125028, Compliance Manager was made available in Public Preview. Today, we are excited to announce that we are moving Compliance Manager from Public Preview to General Availability. Compliance Manager is a cross-Microsoft-cloud services feature designed to help organizations meet complex compliance obligations, including GDPR, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, NIST 800-53, and HIPAA. Compliance Manger is rolling out this week, and we expect for the rollout to be completed by February 22nd the end of February.

[How does this affect me?]  

Users can access Compliance Manager by signing into their Office 365, Dynamics 365, or Azure user account via the Service Trust Portal . This new compliance solution is designed to help organizations meet their data protection and regulatory requirements while using Microsoft cloud services. Compliance Manager enables users to perform on-going risk assessments, gain actionable insights to improve data protection capabilities, and simplifies compliance processes through its built-in control management and audit-ready reporting tools.

Compliance Manager is now generally available for Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 Business and Enterprise subscribers in public clouds. Note that Office 365 GCC customers can access Compliance Manager, however, you should evaluate whether to use the document upload feature of compliance manager, as the storage for document upload is currently compliant with Office 365 Tier C only. Compliance Manager is not yet available in sovereign clouds including the United States Department of Defense (DoD), Office 365 Operated by 21 Vianet, and Office 365 Germany.

[What do I need to do to prepare for this change?]

By default, everyone in your organization with an Office 365, Dynamics 365 or Azure user account has access to Compliance Manager and can perform any action in Compliance Manager. To change the default permissions, at least one user must be added to each Compliance Manager role (see the instructions on our support page linked from Additional Information below). After a user is added to a role, the default permissions are removed and only users that have been added to a role will be able to access Compliance Manager and perform the actions allowed by that role.”

What does this mean for MSOffice 365 users? 

This is great news for businesses who use MS Office 365 as part of your infrastructure. This means Microsoft is continuing to add more security controls and features behind the scenes to help you stay compliant with ISO and NIST controls and security requirements.

Kreative’s Innovative IT Solution for Compliance

Kreative always recommends MS Office 365 as part of our solution. As SMEs, we look to see how our customers can carry on with compliance beyond our support. As part of our solution and offering, we have designed custom templates which we deploy. The result and benefit to our customer is that – they stay compliant – bottom line. We understand that the landscape for compliance, be it Regulatory, quality or program control requirements – change is constant! Our solution provides a platform that brings similar and at times disparate requirements together as part of an integrated solution. Our customers STAY compliant to Quality and Project Management controls for ISO and CMMI standards with our implementation! I am excited that we can do this for them. With Microsoft rolling out its Compliance Manager feature from Public Preview to General Availability – this is great news and further validates of our solution.  Go Microsoft! And Go Kreative for staying in front of security challenges by bridging technology and quality resulting in Operational efficiencies so that our customers can serve their customers! #KreativeCorp #KreativeQuality #KreativeTechnology #KreativeCompliance #KreativeCMMI #KreativeISO #CMMI #ISO9001 #ISO27001 #NIST #KreativeContinuousCompliance #Office365

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