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The pandemic has permanently changed how organizations of all sizes work. A
substantial increase in hybrid and remote work has presented new compliance
challenges, and organizations have responded by growing their compliance
functions. A recent study shows that there were 257 average daily regulatory
alerts across 190 countries in 2020 and keeping up with regulatory changes continues
to be the top compliance challenge.
To help organizations simplify compliance and reduce risk,
we built Microsoft Compliance Manager, generally available since September 2020. Compliance
Manager translates complex regulatory requirements into specific recommended
actions and makes them available through premium assessment templates, covering
over 300 regulations and standards. By leveraging the universal mapping of
actions and controls, premium assessment templates allow customers to comply
with several requirements across multiple regulations or standards with one
action, providing an efficient solution to manage overlapping compliance
requirements. Premium assessment templates along with built-in workflows and
continuous compliance updates allow organizations to constantly assess,
monitor, and improve their compliance posture.
To meet customers where they are in their compliance journey, we are excited
to announce that Compliance Manager premium assessment templates will no longer
require a Microsoft 365 E5 or Office 365 E5 license as a prerequisite. This
update enables all enterprise customers to assess compliance with the
regulations most relevant to them and meet their unique compliance needs.
Starting July 1st, 2021, all Enterprise customers, both commercial
and government, can purchase premium assessment templates as long as they have
any Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription. Customers who have already
purchased a premium assessment template or are using the default templates
included with their subscription will not experience any disruption or change.
Customers with Microsoft 365 E1/E3 or Office 365 E1/E3 subscriptions will now
be able to see the list of 300+ premium assessment templates in their tenants.
The capability to create a new template, customize an existing template, or add
customized actions to a given template will continue to require a Microsoft 365
E5 or Office 365 E5 subscription.
We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Navigate to the Microsoft 365 compliance center or sign up for a
Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance trial to get started with Compliance Manager premium
assessments today! Compliance Manager premium assessment SKUs can be
purchased in Microsoft
- Compliance Manager licensing details.
- List of premium assessment templates here.
- Learn more about Compliance Manager here.