Microsoft Office 365 GDPR Compliance Manager Preview

With GDPR set to come into effect in 6 months time, Microsoft Office 365 and Azure customers can now start evaluating their readiness.  After lengthy delays Microsoft have finally previewed their GDPR Compliance Manager, The dashboard helps organisations track the regulatory compliance status of their Microsoft Cloud environments.

While Compliance Manager can be used for various compliance assessment purposes, its most pressing use is associated with achieving organisational compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. Microsoft had showed an early screenshot of Compliance Manger back in May, when it described its overall GDPR readiness efforts.

Other uses of the tool include showing compliance with standards. For instance, Compliance Manager can be used to check compliance with ISO 27001, which is associated with information security management system compliance. It can also check compliance with ISO 27018, associated with protecting personally identifiable information when used with public cloud services.

Microsoft says that it has “the largest certified compliance portfolio, services architected to be secure by design, and the most extensive global data centre footprint in the industry.”

The firm says that among cloud vendors, it was identified as the most trusted at 28%, followed by IBM at 16%. And 92% of IT managers that use the cloud said they were confident in their GDPR readiness, whereas just 65% of those that store data on-premises said the same.

Microsoft Compliance Manager is coming to Microsoft 365 and commercial Office 365 subscribers, and you can check out the preview today.

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