What's new in the Microsoft 365 compliance center
We're continuously adding new features to the Microsoft 365 compliance center, fixing issues we learn about, and making changes based on your feedback. Take a look below to see what's available for you today. Some features get rolled out at different speeds to our customers. If you aren't seeing a feature yet, try adding yourself to targeted release.
Interested in what's going on in other admin centers? Check out these articles:
What's new in the Microsoft 365 admin center
What's new in the SharePoint admin center
And visit the Microsoft 365 Roadmap to learn about Microsoft 365 features that were launched, are rolling out, are in development, have been cancelled, or previously released.
The wait is over. We’re pleased to announce that the Microsoft 365 compliance center is available to all customers with Microsoft 365, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and Windows 10 Enterprise plans. Any data or policies you were managing in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center are available in the compliance center, so no need to jump back and forth.
Read through last month’s update again for a refresher on some of the new solutions we previewed recently, as well as a roadmap showing where compliance features from the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center now live in Microsoft 365.
We also released new and updated solutions this month. Here’s a quick glance at the highlights.
Now in preview
Insider risk management (preview)
We’re happy to announce that our insider risk management solution is now in public preview. In a nutshell, insider risk management helps your organization intelligently identify and take action on insider risks by providing:
- Anonymity controls to help ensure user privacy.
- Intelligent policy templates with native and third-party indicators that identify insider threats, such as data leaks.
- Integrated end-to-end investigation workflows that span across IT, HR and legal teams.
We’d love to hear what you think. As you use the solution, leave us feedback so we can make sure we’re meeting your needs as we head toward general availability.
Graduating from the preview phase to full availability, communication compliance is a key component of our new insider risk solution set. This robust solution helps minimize communication risks using workflows for detecting, investigating, and taking remediation actions for messages that don’t meet your organization’s standards.
Customer feedback during the preview was fantastic. It resulted in several enhancements, including a first-run experience to get you started, improvements to investigation and remediation actions, and more.
Formerly sharing space with other ‘Import’ features in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, data connectors now have their very own home in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Use the new ‘Data connectors’ page to import and archive data from your organization’s human resources (HR) files and various third-party platforms (like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instant Bloomberg) to mailboxes in your Microsoft 365 organization. Once imported, this data can be managed in several compliance solutions, including eDiscovery, insider risk management, communication compliance, audit, retention policies, and more.
New assessment templates for Compliance Score (preview)
Always working hard to help you get ahead of the ever-evolving compliance landscape, our Compliance Score team shipped a new set of templates to help you assess your organization’s compliance posture against recent regulations and get guidance on how to implement more effective controls. You’ll see new templates for:
- ISO/IEC 27701:2019
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
- Brazil General Data Protection Law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados - LGPD)
- SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2
November & December 2019
Over the holidays, we started rolling out all the great compliance solutions that were demo’d at Ignite. Most are in a preview state, so test them out and be sure to let us know what you think by opening the Feedback card at the bottom right of the compliance center.
Get to know the new neighborhood
The new Microsoft 365 compliance center includes brand new solutions as well as the compliance features you know and love from the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. Let’s dig in a bit more…
New compliance solutions
You might be wondering what a solution is. As much as the cloud has revolutionized the way business is done, it’s also opened the door for new methods of data theft and fraud and necessitated new regulations. Our compliance solutions are collections of integrated capabilities that can help you help you manage these evolving compliance requirements. A solution's capabilities might include a combination of policies, alerts, reports, and more.
Here’s a summary of the new solutions you’ll find. Keep an eye out for others coming soon.
These solutions are located only in the Microsoft 365 compliance center. They can’t be managed in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.
|New solution||Description||Learn more|
|Microsoft Compliance Score (preview)
||Built from Compliance Manager, Compliance Score is a standalone feature with a simpler, more user-friendly design that helps you understand and improve your organization’s compliance posture. It calculates a risk-based score measuring your progress in completing actions that help reduce risks around data protection and regulatory standards.
||Overview of Microsoft Compliance Score (preview)|
|Solution catalog (preview)
||The solution catalog is your one-stop-shop for discovering, learning about, and quickly getting started with our compliance and risk management solutions. The catalog is organized into three compliance categories, each containing details about the solutions that make up that category. Categories include Information protection & governance, Insider risk management, and Discovery & response
||Overview of the solution catalog (preview)|
|Communication compliance (preview)
||Communication compliance is part of the new insider risk management category that helps minimize communication risks by helping you detect, capture, and take remediation actions for inappropriate messages in your organization. The solution extends the capabilities of supervision policies in Office 365 by introducing several new enhancements such as intelligent templates, flexible remediation workflows, and actionable insights.
||Communication compliance in Microsoft 365 (preview)|
|Data classification (preview)
||Our new Data classification page contains powerful insights and tools to help you discover and evaluate how sensitive info and labels (retention and sensitivity) are being used in content across your organization. Review content that contains sensitive info or has labels applied, explore label activity across Microsoft 365 locations, create custom sensitive info types, and much more.
||Data classification overview (preview)|
|Trainable classifiers (preview)
||This powerful new tool uses our machine learning engine to help identify categories of content in your org, like regulatory docs or employee agreements. Once created, classifiers can be used in several compliance solutions to detect related content and classify it, protect it, retain it, and more.
||Getting started with trainable classifiers (preview)|
Updated compliance solutions
If you’ve been using the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center for your compliance needs, you might wonder where some features now live in the new Microsoft 365 compliance center. Here’s a quick roadmap to help find their new homes.
Some features are still available only in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center – these are noted below. But we’re working hard to preview these in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, so stay tuned for updates.
Wondering why it's quiet on the release front this month? We're heads down building new, innovative compliance solutions that'll be unveiled at Microsoft Ignite in November. Stay tuned!
New encryption options for sensitivity labels
When configuring encryption for a sensitivity label, you now have two options that lets users assign permissions when they manually apply the label to email and docs:
- When applying the label to Outlook email, users can enforce restrictions equivalent to the Do Not Forward option. Recipients will be able to read the message but not forward, print, or copy the content.
- When applying the label to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, users will be prompted to assign access permissions to specific users and groups.
Update to data investigations
When performing a data investigation, you can now delete items from their original locations. This means you can delete items from Exchange mailboxes, SharePoint sites, and OneDrive accounts across your organization. Because you collected the items as evidence, you’ll have copies of them retained in the evidence set to you can investigate further or just keep as a reference. Learn more
New admin roles
We released two new admin roles to help manage security and compliance in your org. Tell all your friends.
- Compliance data admin. Users with this role have permissions to protect and track data in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, Microsoft 365 admin center, and Azure. They can also manage everything the Exchange admin center, Compliance Manager, Teams & Skype for Business admin center and create support tickets for Azure and Microsoft 365.
- Security operator. Users with this role can manage alerts and have global read-only access to security-related features, including everything in the Microsoft 365 security center, Azure Active Directory, Identity Protection, Privileged Identity Management and Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.
Search and filtering for reports
No more scrolling through a sea of reports to find the ones you want. You can now search for reports (based on their titles) and filter on categories like ‘Labels’ and ‘Compliance’ and sources like ‘Office 365’ and 'Microsoft Cloud App Security’.