Overview of the Microsoft 365 compliance center


If you're interested in your organization's compliance posture, you're going to love the Microsoft 365 compliance center. The Microsoft 365 compliance center provides easy access to the data and tools you need to manage to your organization's compliance needs.

Read this article to get acquainted with the Microsoft 365 compliance center, how to get it, frequently asked questions, and your next steps.

Microsoft 365 compliance center home page

Welcome to Microsoft 365 compliance

When you go to your Microsoft 365 compliance center for the first time, you're greeted with the following welcome message:

Microsoft 365 compliance center intro

The welcome banner gives you some pointers on how to get started, with next steps, and an invitation for you to give us feedback.

Card section

When you first visit the Microsoft 365 compliance center, the card section on the home page shows you at a glance how your organization is doing with data compliance, what solutions are available for your organization, and a summary of any active alerts.

From here, you can:

  • Review the Microsoft Compliance Score card, which leads you to the new Compliance Score solution. It calculates a risk-based score that measures your progress toward completing recommended actions that help reduce risks around data protection and regulatory standards. It also provides workflow capabilities and built-in control mapping to help you efficiently carry out those actions.

    Compliance Score card Microsoft 365 compliance center

  • Review the new Solution catalog card, which links to collections of integrated solutions you can use to help you manage end-to-end compliance scenarios. A solution's capabilities and tools might include a combination of policies, alerts, reports, and more.

    Solution catalog card Microsoft 365 compliance center

  • Review the Active alerts card, which includes a summary of the most active alerts and includes a link where you can view more detailed information, such as Severity, Status, Category, and more.

    Active alerts card Microsoft 365 compliance center

You can also use the Add cards feature to add additional cards, such as one showing your organization's cloud app compliance, and another showing data about users with shared files, with links to Cloud App Security or other tools where you can explore data.

Additional compliance center card details

Easy navigation to more compliance features and capabilities

In addition to links in cards on the home page, you'll see a navigation pane on the left side of the screen that gives you easy access to your alerts, reports, policies, compliance solutions, and more.

Navigation in the Microsoft 365 compliance center Select Home to return to the Microsoft 365 compliance center main page.

Select the Data classification section to access trainable classifiers, sensitive info types, content and activity explorers.

Select Data connectors to configure connectors to import and archive data in your Microsoft 365 subscription.

Go to Alerts to view and resolve alerts

Visit Reports to view data about label usage and retention, DLP policy matches and overrides, shared files, third-party apps in use, and more.

Go to Policies to set up policies to govern data, manage devices, and receive alerts. You can also access your DLP and retention policies.

Select Permissions to manage who in your organization has access to the Microsoft 365 compliance center to view content and complete tasks.

Use the links in the Solutions section to access your organization's compliance solutions. These include:

Discover, learn about, and start using the intelligent compliance and risk management solutions available to your organization.

Information protection
Discover, classify, and protect sensitive and business-critical content throughout its lifecycle across your organization.

Data loss protection
Detect sensitive content as it's used and shared throughout your organization, in the cloud and on devices, and helps prevent accidental data loss.

Records management
Automate and simplify the retention schedule for regulatory, legal and business-critical records in your organization.

Information governance
Manage your content lifecycle using features to import, store, and classify business-critical data so you can keep what you need and delete what you don't.

Data subject requests
Find and export a user’s personal data to help you respond to data subject requests for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Content search
Use Content search to quickly find email in Exchange mailboxes, documents in SharePoint sites and OneDrive locations, and instant messaging conversations in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business.

Use the Audit log to investigate common support and compliance issues.

Expand this section to use the core and Advanced eDiscovery for preserving, collecting, reviewing, analyzing, and exporting content that's responsive to your organization's internal and external investigations.

Data investigations
Search across content locations to identify sensitive, malicious, or misplaced data across Microsoft 365 so you can investigate and remediate any incidents, such as data spillage.

Communication compliance
Minimize communication risks by automatically capturing inappropriate messages, investigating possible policy violations, and taking steps to remediate.

How do I get the compliance center?

  • If you don't have the new Microsoft 365 compliance center already, you'll have it soon. The Microsoft 365 compliance center is generally available now to Microsoft 365 SKU customers.

  • To visit the Microsoft 365 compliance center, as a global administrator, compliance administrator, or compliance data administrator go to https://compliance.microsoft.com and sign in.

Frequently asked questions

Why am I taken to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to complete some tasks, such as defining certain policies?

We're still developing the Microsoft 365 compliance center, and we add more functionality and solutions over the coming months. In the meantime, there are a few tasks that must be completed in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (https://protection.office.com). In those cases, you'll be directed automatically to the location where you can complete the task at hand, such as creating or editing a supervision policy.

Why don't I see the new Microsoft 365 compliance center yet?

First, make sure that you have the appropriate licenses and permissions. Then, sign in at https://compliance.microsoft.com. If you don't see the new compliance center yet, you'll have it soon.

Some of my compliance features aren't available in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. What do I do?

We're still adding functionality to the Microsoft 365 compliance center. If you can't find something, such as audit log search, use the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (https://protection.office.com). Your configurations are saved in both the existing Office 365 Security & Compliance Center and in the new Microsoft 365 compliance center automatically.

To go there, in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, in the navigation pane on the left side of the screen, choose More resources, and then, under Office 365 security & compliance center, choose Open.

More resources

Next steps