Data Governance


The series, Data Governance for Privacy, Confidentiality, and Regulatory Compliance (ZIP file, 5.75 MB), includes white papers and webcasts to help you implement or expand a data governance initiative and information security policy in your business.

  • Part 1: The Case for Data Governance - white paper (PDF, 1.12 MB)

  • Part 2: People and Process - white paper (PDF, 1.63 MB)

  • Part 3: Managing Technological Risk - white paper (PDF, 1.41 MB)

  • Part 4: A Capability Maturity Model - white paper (PDF, 977 KB)

  • Part 5: Moving to Cloud Computing - white paper (PDF, 1.26 MB)

Application Privacy Assessment (PDF, 437 KB)
Begin to evaluate an application and its operating environment by comparing it to industry best practices and your organization’s privacy and data security policies.

Position Papers

Microsoft and Data Retention (PDF, 277 KB)
Understand the risk in storing customer and business data indefinitely.

Microsoft and Data Breach Notification (PDF, 241 KB)
Reduce the risk of information loss and minimize damage when such incidents occur.

Data Governance: Managing and Protecting Personal Information (PDF, 702 KB)
Help safeguard personal information to protect customers and limit liability.


Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services (PDF, 1.16 MB)
Follow these guidelines to ensure that customer privacy and data protection is incorporated into the development process.

Compliance Solution Accelerators
Find Microsoft-recommended resources that provide guidance and tools to manage compliance infrastructure and to institute sound principles of IT service governance.

MOF to COBIT/Val IT Comparison and Cross-Implementation Guide (PDF, 1.66 MB)
Review tips and techniques for leveraging the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 to meet the governance, risk, and compliance objectives defined within COBIT 4.1 (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology) and Val IT 2.0.