Office 365- Security & Compliance (Series 1)

In today’s electronic world, it is imperative to manage information in a secure way. This blog is a first of its series for IT managers who want to cover the basics of Office 365 security and governance. This blog will help you secure your Office 365 platform and give you a quick score on your security.
You may also follow the Microsoft security & compliance online resource to protect and manage your business. However, it is a huge repository of information that makes it difficult to search through. This blog simplifies that information and gives you quick access to get started with some of the key features of security and compliance.

Getting Started

To understand the key features of security and compliance, open the widget available in the security & compliance center (SCC). The widget appears as shown in the image below.

Understanding the Security & Compliance Centre (SCC)

Security and Compliance Centre(SCC) is designed for admins to secure their Office 365 data & services and to meet their organizational compliance objectives. SCC lets you monitor the state of your service, track issues, and have a historical view of availability. The SCC dashboard looks as shown in the image below.

The LHS panel offers the following categories to secure your Office 365 services and data:
• Alerts
• Permissions
• Classifications
• Data Loss Prevention
• Data Governance
• threat Management
• Search & Investigation
• Reports
• Service Assurance

Listing Security & Compliance Center availability for different Office 365 plans

SCC has different business and enterprise plans. Following table lists the details of each plan.

Feature Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 US Government G1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 US Government G3 Office 365 Enterprise E5 Office 365 Enterprise F1 Office 365 US Government F1
Access to the Security & Compliance Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Security Management No Yes No No Yes No No
Threat management such as mail filtering and anti-malware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced threat management such as customer lockbox and threat explorer for phishing campaigns No No No No No No No
Mobile device management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data loss prevention No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Data governance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced data governance No No No No No No No
Search and investigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
eDiscovery export No Yes No No Yes No No
Advanced eDiscovery No No No No No No No
Litigation Holds (including query-based Litigation Holds) No Yes No No Yes No No
Archiving Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Manual retention/deletion policies No Yes No No Yes No Yes

Security & Compliance Center availability for Standalone plans

Feature Exchange Online Plan 1 Exchange Online Plan 2 Exchange Online Kiosk SharePoint Online Plan 1 SharePoint Online Plan 2 Skype for Business Online Plan 1 Skype for Business Online Plan 2
Access to the Security & Compliance Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Security Management No No No No No Yes No
Threat management such as mail filtering and anti-malware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced threat management such as customer lockbox and threat explorer for phishing campaigns No No No No No Yes No
Mobile device management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data loss prevention No No No No Yes Yes No
Data governance1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced data governance2 No No No No No Yes No
Search and investigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery export No No No No Yes Yes No
Advanced eDiscovery5 No No No No No Yes No
Litigation Holds (including query-based Litigation Holds) No No No No Yes Yes No
Archiving No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Manual retention/deletion policies No No No No Yes Yes No
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