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Maintaining compliance and ensuring data privacy in an increasingly complex regulatory environment is often a difficult and resource-intensive task. Your customers expect solutions they can trust.

Microsoft has invested heavily in developing intelligent, comprehensive compliance solutions. Use these solutions to help you build a profitable compliance practice around assessing and managing customer risk to help organizations achieve compliance with GDPR and other regulations.

Compliance costs are rising. Spend oneDiscovery alone will be  US$9.24 billion.347%  of executives are unsure what datacompliance standards apply to their organizations.4200 regulatory updates are releasedper day from 750 regulatory bodies.1175 zettabytes of data will begeneratedeach yearby 2025.2Customers face challenges to getting and staying compliant


2IDC, The Digitization of the World: From Edge to Core, a whitepaper sponsored by Seagate, November 2018.

Customer challenges

Customers today face significant challenges to getting and staying compliant. Regulations are increasing around the world to help provide additional protection and control of sensitive data, often leading to increased costs.

Built-in compliance with Microsoft 365

Integrated tools in Microsoft 365 leverage intelligence to reduce risk, addressing customer needs across three key areas:

  • Assess. Manage customer compliance from one place with actionable insights and amplification.
  • Protect. Automatically protect and govern sensitive data across devices, apps, and cloud services.
  • Respond. Efficiently respond to regulatory requests by using artificial intelligence (AI) to find the most relevant data.
Respond ProtectAssess47%of executives areunsure what datacompliance standardsapply to theirorganizations.4Compliance ManagerService Trust PortalInformation governanceEncryptionAccess controlAuditingeDiscoveryBuilt-in compliance
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Strict compliance requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, are becoming the norm. Build your business by helping your customers leverage Microsoft 365 to create the processes, procedures, and data protections necessary to meet these important regulatory requirements.

Managed services

The shortage of skilled security and compliance professionals means customers rely on you to provide the services they don’t have in-house to help achieve regulatory compliance and reduce risk.

  • Assist with assessments, processes, and policies.
  • Offer consulting, change management, training, and deployment services.
Differentiated offerings

When you add compliance to your portfolio, you can differentiate your practice and deepen customer trust.

Take advantage of Microsoft Graph intelligence to provide proactive security monitoring, data breach notification and management, evidence of risk mitigation, proof of compliance, and more.

New partnerships

If compliance isn’t an area of focus for your business, consider collaborating with other partners whose expertise complements your own.

Establishing partner-to-partner (P2P) relationships can position you to provide customers with new or more comprehensive compliance solutions.

Offer advanced compliance functionality

The Information Protection and Compliance offer gives you an easy way to add Microsoft 365 advanced compliance features to your customers’ environments.

Provide end-to-end services based on Microsoft 365 that help customers audit, protect, and manage their data in a way that helps keep them compliant.

Learn more about the Information Protection and Compliance offering.

Information Protection and Compliance combines:

  • Office 365 Advanced Compliance
    Includes Advanced eDiscovery, Advanced Data Governance, Customer Lockbox, Customer Key, Privileged Access Management.

  • Azure Information Protection P2
    Security and controls for email, documents, and sensitive data shared outside company walls.

Help your customers navigate the journey to improved compliance

Step 1

Use the Compliance Manager Toolkit four-step approach to evaluate and manage organizational compliance for cloud services.

Download the Compliance Manager Toolkit (available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish)

Step 2

Use the Data Discovery Toolkit to assist customers in establishing foundational compliance capabilities for their organizations.

Download the Data Discovery toolkit

Step 3

Implement the right solution, leveraging FastTrack to help organizations accelerate deployment and increase user adoption.

Learn more about FastTrack