Customize the set of standards in your regulatory compliance dashboard

Azure Security Center continually compares the configuration of your resources with requirements in industry standards, regulations, and benchmarks. The regulatory compliance dashboard provides insights into your compliance posture based on how you're meeting specific compliance requirements.


Learn more about Security Center's regulatory compliance dashboard in the frequently asked questions.

How are regulatory compliance standards represented in Security Center?

Industry standards, regulatory standards, and benchmarks are represented in Security Center's regulatory compliance dashboard. Each standard is an initiative defined in Azure Policy.

To see compliance data mapped as assessments in your dashboard, add a compliance standard to your management group or subscription from within the Security policy page. To learn more about Azure Policy and initiatives, see Working with security policies.

When you've assigned a standard or benchmark to your selected scope, the standard appears in your regulatory compliance dashboard with all associated compliance data mapped as assessments. You can also download summary reports for any of the standards that have been assigned.

Microsoft tracks the regulatory standards themselves and automatically improves its coverage in some of the packages over time. When Microsoft releases new content for the initiative, it will appear automatically in your dashboard as new policies mapped to controls in the standard.

What regulatory compliance standards are available in Security Center?

By default, every subscription has the Azure Security Benchmark assigned. This is the Microsoft-authored, Azure-specific guidelines for security and compliance best practices based on common compliance frameworks. Learn more about Azure Security Benchmark.

You can also add standards such as:

  • NIST SP 800-53
  • SWIFT CSP CSCF-v2020
  • UK Official and UK NHS
  • Canada Federal PBMM
  • Azure CIS 1.3.0
  • CMMC Level 3
  • New Zealand ISM Restricted

Standards are added to the dashboard as they become available.

Add a regulatory standard to your dashboard

The following steps explain how to add a package to monitor your compliance with one of the supported regulatory standards.


To add standards to your dashboard, the subscription must have Azure Defender enabled. Also, only users who are owner or policy contributor have the necessary permissions to add compliance standards.

  1. From Security Center's sidebar, select Regulatory compliance to open the regulatory compliance dashboard. Here you can see the compliance standards currently assigned to the currently selected subscriptions.

  2. From the top of the page, select Manage compliance policies. The Policy Management page appears.

  3. Select the subscription or management group for which you want to manage the regulatory compliance posture.


    We recommend selecting the highest scope for which the standard is applicable so that compliance data is aggregated and tracked for all nested resources.

  4. To add the standards relevant to your organization, expand the Industry & regulatory standards section and select Add more standards.

  5. From the Add regulatory compliance standards page, you can search for any of the available standards, including:

    • NIST SP 800-53
    • NIST SP 800 171
    • SWIFT CSP CSCF v2020
    • UKO and UK NHS
    • Canada Federal PBMM
    • Azure CIS 1.3.0
    • CMMC Level 3
    • New Zealand ISM Restricted

    Adding regulatory standards to Azure Security Center's regulatory compliance dashboard.

  6. Select Add and enter all the necessary details for the specific initiative such as scope, parameters, and remediation.

  7. From Security Center's sidebar, select Regulatory compliance again to go back to the regulatory compliance dashboard.

    Your new standard appears in your list of Industry & regulatory standards.


    It may take a few hours for a newly added standard to appear in the compliance dashboard.

    Regulatory compliance dashboard.

Remove a standard from your dashboard

If any of the supplied regulatory standards isn't relevant to your organization, it's a simple process to remove them from the UI. This lets you further customize the regulatory compliance dashboard, and focus only on the standards that are applicable to you.

To remove a standard:

  1. From Security Center's menu, select Security policy.

  2. Select the relevant subscription from which you want to remove a standard.


    You can remove a standard from a subscription, but not from a management group.

    The security policy page opens. For the selected subscription, it shows the default policy, the industry and regulatory standards, and any custom initiatives you've created.

    Removing a regulatory standard from your regulatory compliance dashboard in Azure Security Center.

  3. For the standard you want to remove, select Disable. A confirmation window appears.

    Confirm that you really want to remove the regulatory standard you selected.

  4. Select Yes. The standard will be removed.

Next steps

In this article, you learned how to add compliance standards to monitor your compliance with regulatory and industry standards.

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