Compliance Program now publicly available for financial services customers

Editor’s Note 10/14/2015:
This post was updated to provide more clarification on the audience for the Compliance Program.

Is your financial services organization subject to strict regulatory oversight? Do you need deeper insights into your cloud provider’s capabilities related to meeting regulatory obligations? If so, the Office 365 Financial Services Compliance Program might be for you.

We understand that some of our customers might need deeper insights into our cloud service’s capabilities, risks and performance, as well as contractual commitments related to meeting their unique regulatory obligations.

With that need and our commitment to openness and transparency, we offer customers the ability to extend the standard Office 365, Azure, Intune and Dynamics service contracts. We’ve offered this special program under NDA to financial services companies and are now rolling it out to all eligible customers in the financial services industry. The Financial Services Compliance Program provides customers with an additional level of service fulfilling their regulatory needs to influence and examine our service. Elements of the program include:

  • Direct access to Microsoft’s security and compliance staff.
  • Information, data and reports related to meeting their unique regulatory obligations.
  • Ability to request paid one-on-one time to address key questions.

The Compliance Program is tailored to the requirements of the financial services customer. Through working closely with these customers over the last three years, insights, capabilities and improvements have been delivered to benefit all of Microsoft’s cloud service customers. For example, the Service Trust Portal was created to provide easy access to key compliance documentation and white papers, many of which have been developed as part of this program.

If this program is of interest to you, please contact your Microsoft account representative to learn more.

—Alym Rayani, GPM on the Office 365 Information Protection and Compliance Product Management team