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May 15, 2019 Admin

Microsoft brings new offerings on compliance, encryption and privacy controls to Office 365

Microsoft is rolling out a series of new capabilities designed to give businesses greater control over their data privacy practices, help meet compliance requirements, and investigate potential security threats.

The changes arrive as companies are taking a closer look at their privacy practices and monitoring information wherever it travels and resides. With more data moving to the cloud and consumers becoming more aware oforganisations' privacy standards, protecting that data has become priority.

One of the new capabilities is Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption, which gives network administrators additional controls to automatically expire, or revoke access to, encrypted emails sent outside the company via secure Web portal

Microsoft is also adding data investigation capabilities to analyse incidents such as data leaks or phishing attacks. Data investigation lets network administrators search affected content or individuals following a breach, then delete emais containing confidential data so users can't view it.

New changes are also aiming to improve security and compliance for chats, meetings, and calls. These include data loss prevention and information barriers to prevent sensitive data from leakin.

There also are new features for Compliance Manager, a tool designed to help network administrators manage compliance across various data assets. Network administrators can now create their own assesments against any regulation or standard while including on-prem and non-Microsoft applications. This lets managers handle data protection controls, prep for audits, and work with different teams from Compliance Manager.

Compliance Manager integrates with the Secure Score API to detect settings and update controls accordingly. When security controls like multifactor authentication are implemented, the tool's risk assessments reflect it

In another compliance-friendly move, Microsoft is extending Multi-Geo capabilities to SharePoint Online and Groups in addition to Exchange Online and OneDrive. Businesses face several compliance requirements as data resideny rules are introduced around the world. Multi-Geo, which can be bought as an add-on to Microsoft 365 and Office 365, lets them choose where Office 365 content is stored at rest.

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Published by Admin May 15, 2019