Permissions in the Security & Compliance Center

Important

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Applies to

The Security & Compliance Center lets you grant permissions to people who perform compliance tasks like device management, data loss prevention, eDiscovery, retention, and so on. These people can perform only the tasks that you explicitly grant them access to. To access the Security & Compliance Center, users need to be a global administrator or a member of one or more Security & Compliance Center role groups.

Permissions in the Security & Compliance Center are based on the role-based access control (RBAC) permissions model. RBAC is the same permissions model that's used by Exchange, so if you're familiar with Exchange, granting permissions in the Security & Compliance Center will be very similar. It's important to remember, however, that Exchange role groups and Security & Compliance Center role groups don't share membership or permissions. While both have an Organization Management role group, they aren't the same. The permissions they grant, and the members of the role groups, are different. There's a list of Security & Compliance Center role groups below.

Permissions page in the Security & Compliance Center

Relationship of members, roles, and role groups

A role grants permissions to do a set of tasks; for example, the Case Management role lets people work with eDiscovery cases.

A role group is a set of roles that lets people do their jobs across the Security & Compliance Center. For example, the Compliance Administrator role group includes (among other roles) the roles for Case Management, Content Search, and Organization Configuration (plus others) because someone who's a compliance admin will need the permissions for those tasks to do their job.

The Security & Compliance Center includes default role groups for the most common tasks and functions that you'll need to assign people to. We recommend simply adding individual users as members to the default role groups.

Diagram showing relationship of role groups to roles and members

Permissions needed to use features in the Security & Compliance Center

The following table lists the default role groups that are available in the Security & Compliance Center, and the roles that are assigned to the role groups by default. To grant permissions to a user to perform a compliance task, add them to the appropriate Security & Compliance Center role group.

Managing permissions in the Security & Compliance Center only gives users access to the compliance features that are available within the Security & Compliance Center itself. If you want to grant permissions to other compliance features that aren't in the Security & Compliance Center, such as Exchange mail flow rules (also known as transport rules), you need to use the Exchange admin center.

To see how to grant access to the Security & Compliance Center, check out Give users access to Microsoft 365 Compliance admin center.

Note

To view the Permissions tab in the Security & Compliance Center, you need to be an admin. Specifically, you need to be assigned the Role Management role, and that role is assigned only to the Organization Management role group in the Security & Compliance Center by default. Furthermore, the Role Management role allows users to view, create, and modify role groups.




Role group Description Default roles assigned
Communication Compliance Provides permission to all the communication compliance roles: administrator, analyst, investigator, and viewer. Case Management

Communication Compliance Admin

Communication Compliance Analysis

Communication Compliance Case Management

Communication Compliance Investigation

Communication Compliance Viewer

Data Classification Feedback Provider

View-Only Case

Communication Compliance Administrators Administrators of communication compliance that can create/edit policies and define global settings. Communication Compliance Admin

Communication Compliance Case Management

Communication Compliance Analysts Analysts of communication compliance that can investigate policy matches, view message meta data, and take remediation actions. Communication Compliance Analysis

Communication Compliance Case Management

Communication Compliance Investigators Analysts of communication compliance that can investigate policy matches, view message content, and take remediation actions. Case Management

Communication Compliance Analysis

Communication Compliance Case Management

Communication Compliance Investigation

Data Classification Feedback Provider

View-Only Case

Communication Compliance Viewers Viewer of communication compliance that can access the available reports and widgets. Communication Compliance Case Management

Communication Compliance Viewer

Compliance Administrator1 Members can manage settings for device management, data loss prevention, reports, and preservation. Case Management

Compliance Administrator

Compliance Search

Data Classification Feedback Provider

Data Classification Feedback Reviewer

Device Management

Disposition Management

DLP Compliance Management

Hold

IB Compliance Management

Manage Alerts

Organization Configuration

RecordManagement

Retention Management

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Case

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

View-Only Recipients

View-Only Record Management

View-Only Retention Management

Compliance Data Administrator Members can manage settings for device management, data protection, data loss prevention, reports, and preservation. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Search

Device Management

DLP Compliance Management

Disposition Management

IB Compliance Management

Manage Alerts

Organization Configuration

RecordManagement

Retention Management

Sensitivity Label Administrator

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

View-Only Recipients

View-Only Record Management

View-Only Retention Management

Compliance Manager Administrators Manage template creation and modification. Compliance Manager Administration

Compliance Manager Assessment

Compliance Manager Contribution

Compliance Manager Reader

Compliance Manager Assessors Create assessments, implement improvement actions, and update test status for improvement actions. Compliance Manager Assessment

Compliance Manager Contribution

Compliance Manager Reader

Compliance Manager Contributors Create assessments and perform work to implement improvement actions. Compliance Manager Contribution

Compliance Manager Reader

Compliance Manager Readers View all Compliance Manager content except for administrator functions. Compliance Manager Reader
Content Explorer Content Viewer View the contents files in Content explorer. Data Classification Content Viewer
Content Explorer List Viewer View all items in Content explorer in list format only. Data Classification List Viewer
eDiscovery Manager Members can perform searches and place holds on mailboxes, SharePoint Online sites, and OneDrive for Business locations. Members can also create and manage eDiscovery cases, add and remove members to a case, create and edit Content Searches associated with a case, and access case data in Advanced eDiscovery.

An eDiscovery Administrator is a member of the eDiscovery Manager role group who has been assigned additional permissions. In addition to the tasks that an eDiscovery Manager can perform, an eDiscovery Administrator can:

  • View all eDiscovery cases in the organization.
  • Manage any eDiscovery case after they add themselves as a member of the case.

The primary difference between an eDiscovery Manager and an eDiscovery Administrator is that an eDiscovery Administrator can access all cases that are listed on the eDiscovery cases page in the Security & Compliance Center. An eDiscovery manager can only access the cases they created or cases they are a member of. For more information about making a user an eDiscovery Administrator, see Assign eDiscovery permissions in the Security & Compliance Center.

Case Management

Communication

Compliance Search

Custodian

Export

Hold

Preview

Review

RMS Decrypt

Global Reader Members have read-only access to reports, alerts, and can see all the configuration and settings.

The primary difference between Global Reader and Security Reader is that a Global Reader can access configuration and settings.

Security Reader

Sensitivity Label Reader

Service Assurance View

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

View-Only Recipients

View-Only Record Management

View-Only Retention Management

Insider Risk Management Use this role group to manage insider risk management for your organization in a single group. By adding all user accounts for designated administrators, analysts, and investigators, you can configure insider risk management permissions in a single group. This role group contains all the insider risk management permission roles. This is the easiest way to quickly get started with insider risk management and is a good fit for organizations that do not need separate permissions defined for separate groups of users. Case Management

Insider Risk Management Admin

Insider Risk Management Analysis

Insider Risk Management Investigation

View-Only Case

Insider Risk Management Admins Use this role group to initially configure insider risk management and later to segregate insider risk administrators into a defined group. Users in this role group can create, read, update, and delete insider risk management policies, global settings, and role group assignments. Case Management

Insider Risk Management Admin

View-Only Case

Insider Risk Management Analysts Use this group to assign permissions to users that will act as insider risk case analysts. Users in this role group can access all insider risk management alerts, cases, and notices templates. They cannot access the insider risk Content Explorer. Case Management

Insider Risk Management Analysis

View-Only Case

Insider Risk Management Auditors Auditors of insider risk management that can view the audit logs of actions performed by Analysts, Investigators and Administrators. Insider Risk Management Audit
Insider Risk Management Investigators Use this group to assign permissions to users that will act as insider risk data investigators. Users in this role group can access all insider risk management alerts, cases, notices templates, and the Content Explorer for all cases. Case Management

Insider Risk Management Investigation

View-Only Case

IRM Contributors This role group is visible, but is used by background services only. Insider Risk Management Permanent contribution

Insider Risk Management Temporary contribution

MailFlow Administrator Members can monitor and view mail flow insights and reports in the Security & Compliance Center. Global admins can add ordinary users to this group, but, if the user isn't a member of the Exchange Admin group, the user will not have access to Exchange admin-related tasks. View-Only Recipients
Organization Management1 Members can control permissions for accessing features in the Security & Compliance Center, and also manage settings for device management, data loss prevention, reports, and preservation.

Users who are not global administrators must be Exchange administrators to see and take action on devices that are managed by Basic Mobility and Security for Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Mobile Device Management or MDM).

Global admins are automatically added as members of this role group.

Audit Logs

Case Management

Compliance Administrator

Compliance Search

Device Management

DLP Compliance Management

Hold

IB Compliance Management

Manage Alerts

Organization Configuration

Quarantine

RecordManagement

Retention Management

Role Management

Search And Purge

Security Administrator

Security Reader

Sensitivity Label Administrator

Sensitivity Label Reader

Service Assurance View

Tag Contributor

Tag Manager

Tag Reader

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Case

View-Only Manage Alerts

View-Only Recipients

View-Only Record Management

View-Only Retention Management

Quarantine Administrator Members can access all Quarantine actions. For more information, see Manage quarantined messages and files as an admin in EOP Quarantine
Records Management Members can configure all aspects of records management, including retention labels and disposition reviews. Disposition Management

RecordManagement

Retention Management

Reviewer Members can access review sets in Advanced eDiscovery cases. Members of this role group can see and open the list of cases on the eDiscovery > Advanced page in the Microsoft 365 compliance center that they're members of. After the user accesses an Advanced eDiscovery case, they can select Review sets to access case data. This role doesn't allow the user to preview the results of a collection search that's associated with the case or do other search or case management tasks. Members of this role group can only access the data in a review set. Review
Security Administrator Members have access to a number of security features of Identity Protection Center, Privileged Identity Management, Monitor Microsoft 365 Service Health, and Security & Compliance Center.

By default, this role group may not appear to have any members. However, the Security Administrator role from Azure Active Directory is assigned to this role group. Therefore, this role group inherits the capabilities and membership of the Security Administrator role from Azure Active Directory.

To manage permissions centrally, add and remove group members in the Azure Active Directory admin center. For more information, see Administrator role permissions in Azure Active Directory. If you edit this role group in the Security & Compliance Center (membership or roles), those changes apply only to the Security & Compliance Center and not to any other services.

This role group includes all of the read-only permissions of the Security reader role, plus a number of additional administrative permissions for the same services: Azure Information Protection, Identity Protection Center, Privileged Identity Management, Monitor Microsoft 365 Service Health, and Security & Compliance Center.

Audit Logs

Device Management

DLP Compliance Management

IB Compliance Management

Manage Alerts

Quarantine

Security Administrator

Sensitivity Label Administrator

Tag Contributor

Tag Manager

Tag Reader

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

Security Operator Members can manage security alerts, and also view reports and settings of security features. Compliance Search

Manage Alerts

Security Reader

Tag Contributor

Tag Reader

View-Only Audit Logs

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

Security Reader Members have read-only access to a number of security features of Identity Protection Center, Privileged Identity Management, Monitor Microsoft 365 Service Health, and Security & Compliance Center.

By default, this role group may not appear to have any members. However, the Security Reader role from Azure Active Directory is assigned to this role group. Therefore, this role group inherits the capabilities and membership of the Security Reader role from Azure Active Directory.

To manage permissions centrally, add and remove group members in the Azure Active Directory admin center. For more information, see Administrator role permissions in Azure Active Directory. If you edit this role group in the Security & Compliance Center (membership or roles), those changes apply only to the Security & Compliance Center and not to any other services.

Security Reader

Sensitivity Label Reader

Tag Reader

View-Only Device Management

View-Only DLP Compliance Management

View-Only IB Compliance Management

View-Only Manage Alerts

Service Assurance User Members can access the Service assurance section in the Security & Compliance Center. Service assurance provides reports and documents that describe Microsoft's security practices for customer data that's stored in Microsoft 365. It also provides independent third-party audit reports on Microsoft 365. For more information, see Service assurance in the Security & Compliance Center. Service Assurance View
Supervisory Review Members can create and manage the policies that define which communications are subject to review in an organization. For more information, see Configure communication compliance policies for your organization. Supervisory Review Administrator

Note

1 This role group doesn't assign members the permissions necessary to search the audit log or to use any reports that might include Exchange data, such as the DLP or Defender for Office 365 reports. To search the audit log or to view all reports, a user has to be assigned permissions in Exchange Online. This is because the underlying cmdlet used to search the audit log is an Exchange Online cmdlet. Global admins can search the audit log and view all reports because they're automatically added as members of the Organization Management role group in Exchange Online. For more information, see Search the audit log in the Security & Compliance Center.

Roles in the Security & Compliance Center

The following table lists the available roles and the role groups that they're assigned to by default.

Note that the following roles aren't assigned to the Organization Management role group by default:

  • Attack Simulator Admin
  • Attack Simulator Payload Author
  • Communication
  • Communication Compliance Admin
  • Communication Compliance Analysis
  • Communication Compliance Case Management
  • Communication Compliance Investigation
  • Communication Compliance Viewer
  • Compliance Manager Administration
  • Compliance Manager Assessment
  • Compliance Manager Contribution
  • Compliance Manager Reader
  • Custodian
  • Data Classification Content Viewer
  • Data Classification Feedback Provider
  • Data Classification Feedback Reviewer
  • Data Classification List Viewer
  • Disposition Management
  • Export
  • Insider Risk Management Admin
  • Insider Risk Management Analysis
  • Insider Risk Management Audit
  • Insider Risk Management Investigation
  • Insider Risk Management Permanent contribution
  • Insider Risk Management Temporary contribution
  • Preview
  • Review
  • RMS Decrypt
  • Supervisory Review Administrator




Role Description Default role group assignments
Attack Simulator Admin Used to create and manage all aspects of attack simulation campaigns.
Attack Simulator Payload Author Used to create and manage attack payloads that can be deployed by attack simulator administrator.
Audit Logs Turn on and configure auditing for the organization, view the organization's audit reports, and then export these reports to a file. Organization Management

Security Administrator

Case Management Create, edit, delete, and control access to eDiscovery cases. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Investigators

Compliance Administrator

eDiscovery Manager

Insider Risk Management

Insider Risk Management Admins

Insider Risk Management Analysts

Insider Risk Management Investigators

Organization Management

Communication Manage all communications with the custodians identified in an Advanced eDiscovery case. Create hold notifications, hold reminders, and escalations to management. Track custodian acknowledgment of hold notifications and manage access to the custodian portal that is used by each custodian in a case to track communications for the cases where they were identified as a custodian. eDiscovery Manager
Communication Compliance Admin Used to manage policies in the Communication Compliance feature. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Administrators

Communication Compliance Analysis Used to perform investigation, remediation of the message violations in the Communication Compliance feature. Can only view message meta data. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Analysts

Communication Compliance Investigators

Communication Compliance Case Management Used to access Communication Compliance cases. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Administrators

Communication Compliance Analysts

Communication Compliance Investigators

Communication Compliance Viewers

Communication Compliance Investigation Used to perform investigation, remediation, and review message violations in the Communication Compliance feature. Can view message meta data and message. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Investigators

Communication Compliance Viewer Used to access reports and widgets in the Communication Compliance feature. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Viewers

Compliance Administrator View and edit settings and reports for compliance features. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Compliance Manager Administration Manage template creation and modification. Compliance Manager Administrators
Compliance Manager Assessment Create assessments, implement improvement actions, and update test status for improvement actions. Compliance Manager Administrators

Compliance Manager Assessors

Compliance Manager Contribution Create assessments and perform work to implement improvement actions. Compliance Manager Administrators

Compliance Manager Assessors

Compliance Manager Contributors

Compliance Manager Reader View all Compliance Manager content except for administrator functions. Compliance Manager Administrators

Compliance Manager Assessors

Compliance Manager Contributors

Compliance Manager Readers

Compliance Search Perform searches across mailboxes and get an estimate of the results. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

eDiscovery Manager

Organization Management

Security Operator

Custodian Identify and manage custodians for Advanced eDiscovery cases and use the information from Azure Active Directory and other sources to find data sources associated with custodians. Associate other data sources such as mailboxes, SharePoint sites, and Teams with custodians in a case. Place a legal hold on the data sources associated with custodians to preserve content in the context of a case. eDiscovery Manager
Data Classification Content Viewer View in-place rendering of files in Content explorer. Content Explorer Content Viewer
Data Classification Feedback Provider Allows providing feedback to classifiers in content explorer. Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Investigators

Compliance Administrator

Data Classification Feedback Reviewer Allows reviewing feedback from classifiers in feedback explorer. Compliance Administrator
Data Classification List Viewer View the list of files in content explorer. Content Explorer List Viewer
Device Management View and edit settings and reports for device management features. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Disposition Management Control permissions for accessing Manual Disposition in the Security & Compliance Center. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Records Management

DLP Compliance Management View and edit settings and reports for data loss prevention (DLP) policies. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Export Export mailbox and site content that's returned from searches. eDiscovery Manager
Hold Place content in mailboxes, sites, and public folders on hold. When on hold, a copy of the content is stored in a secure location. Content owners will still be able to modify or delete the original content. Compliance Administrator

eDiscovery Manager

Organization Management

IB Compliance Management View, create, remove, modify, and test Information Barrier policies. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Insider Risk Management Admin Create, edit, delete, and control access to Insider Risk Management feature. Insider Risk Management

Insider Risk Management Admins

Insider Risk Management Analysis Access all insider risk management alerts, cases, and notices templates. Insider Risk Management

Insider Risk Management Analysts

Insider Risk Management Audit Allow viewing Insider Risk audit trails. Insider Risk Management Auditors
Insider Risk Management Investigation Access all insider risk management alerts, cases, notices templates, and the Content Explorer for all cases. Insider Risk Management

Insider Risk Management Investigators

Insider Risk Management Permanent contribution This role group is visible, but is used by background services only. IRM Contributors
Insider Risk Management Temporary contribution This role group is visible, but is used by background services only. IRM Contributors
Manage Alerts View and edit settings and reports for alerts. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Organization Configuration Run, view, and export audit reports and manage compliance policies for DLP, devices, and preservation. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Preview View a list of items that are returned from content searches, and open each item from the list to view its contents. eDiscovery Manager
Quarantine Allows viewing and releasing quarantined email. Quarantine Administrator

Security Administrator

Organization Management

RecordManagement View and edit the configuration of the records management feature. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Records Management

Retention Management Manage retention policies, retention labels, and retention label policies. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Records Management

Review This role lets users access review sets in Advanced eDiscovery cases. Users who are assigned this role can see and open the list of cases on the eDiscovery > Advanced page in the Microsoft 365 compliance center that they're members of. After the user accesses an Advanced eDiscovery case, they can select Review sets to access case data. This role doesn't allow the user to preview the results of a collection search that's associated with the case or do other search or case management tasks. Users with this role can only access the data in a review set. eDiscovery Manager

Reviewer

RMS Decrypt Decrypt RMS-protected content when exporting search results. eDiscovery Manager
Role Management Manage role group membership and create or delete custom role groups. Organization Management
Search And Purge Lets people bulk-remove data that matches the criteria of a content search. Organization Management
Security Administrator View and edit the configuration and reports for Security features. Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Reader View the configuration and reports for Security features. Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Operator

Security Reader

Sensitivity Label Administrator View, create, modify, and remove sensitivity labels. Compliance Data Administrator

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Sensitivity Label Reader View the configuration and usage of sensitivity labels. Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Reader

Service Assurance View Download the available documents from the Service Assurance section. Content includes independent auditing, compliance documentation, and trust-related guidance for using Microsoft 365 features to manage regulatory compliance and security risks. Global Reader

Organization Management

Service Assurance User

Supervisory Review Administrator Manage supervisory review policies, including which communications to review and who should do the review. Supervisory Review
Tag Contributor View and update membership of existing user tags. Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Tag Manager View, update, create, and delete user tags. Organization Management

Security Administrator

Tag Reader Read-only access to existing user tags. Security Reader
View-Only Audit Logs View and export audit reports. Because these reports might contain sensitive information, you should only assign this role to people with an explicit need to view this information. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

View-Only Case Communication Compliance

Communication Compliance Investigators

Compliance Administrator

Insider Risk Management

Insider Risk Management Admins

Insider Risk Management Analysts

Insider RiskManagement Investigators

Organization Management

View-Only Device Management View the configuration and reports for the Device Management feature. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Security Reader

View-Only DLP Compliance Management View the settings and reports for data loss prevention (DLP) policies. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Security Reader

View-Only IB Compliance Management View the configuration and reports for the Information Barriers feature. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Security Reader

View-Only Manage Alerts View the configuration and reports for the Manage Alerts feature. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

Security Administrator

Security Operator

Security Reader

View-Only Recipients View information about users and groups. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

MailFlow Administrator

Organization Management

View-Only Record Management View the configuration of the records management feature. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Reader

Organization Management

View-Only Retention Management View the configuration of retention policies, retention labels, and retention label policies. Compliance Administrator

Compliance Data Administrator

Global Administrator

Organization Management