Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

The Office 365 Security & Compliance Center is your one-stop portal for protecting your data in Office 365. Most smaller businesses won't need to use the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. It's here for businesses who have data protection or compliance needs, or want to audit user activity in their organization. Use the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to manage compliance for all of your organization’s data across Office 365. You can manage eDiscovery searches and holds, access for mobiles devices, and more. In this article, you can find out how to get to the Security & Compliance Center, and find out where to learn more.

Go to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

Before you can use the Security & Compliance Center, you need the right permissions. Your work or school account must either be assigned the Office 365 global administrator role or have been assigned to one or more Security & Compliance Center role groups by a global administrator. For more information about the Office 365 global administrator role, see About Office 365 admin roles. For information on assigning Security & Compliance Center roles to other users, see Give users access to the Security & Compliance Center.

Here's the most direct way to get to the Security & Compliance Center:

  1. Go to https://protection.office.com.

  2. Sign in to Office 365 using your work or school account.

Office 365 Security & Compliance Center home page

Learn your way around the Security & Compliance Center

The fastest way to get to know the new Security & Compliance Center is to select Take a tour. The tour introduces all the options in the navigation pane so you can get started quickly. On the home page you can also see high-level summaries about all the aspects of Office 365 that the Security & Compliance Center helps you take care of.

The navigation pane on the left of the Security & Compliance Center home page gives you easy access to all the pages in the Security & Compliance Center. For example, expand Permissions and you’ll see all the permissions granted to people in your organization so they can complete compliance tasks. Select options on the navigation pane to see other familiar tasks.

The table below describes all the navigation pane options, and tells you how to find out more about each option.

Navigation pane option

Find out more

Home

The Security & Compliance Center home page where you can find your top-level information, tour the Security & Compliance Center and select Switch back to the Security & Compliance Center if you prefer to at any time.

Alerts

View and manage alerts for your Office 365 organization, including Advanced Security Management alerts. For more information, see Alerts in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Permissions

Grant permissions to people who perform compliance tasks like device management, data loss prevention, eDiscovery, and retention. For more information, see Permissions in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Threat management

Manage mobile devices and set up data loss prevention for your organization. Help protect inbound and outbound messages from malicious software and spam. Manage which apps have access to Office 365. For more information, see Threat management in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Data governance

Import email from other systems. Enable archive mailboxes or set policies for retaining email and other content within your organization. For more information, see Data governance in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Search & investigation

Search for content and review user activity. Use eDiscovery to manage cases and set up supervisory review policies to help you capture communication for review. For more information, see Search and investigation in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Reports

Use a variety of reports to help you understand how your organization is using Office 365, including reports related to auditing, device management, Supervisory review, and data loss prevention. View user activity reports such as sign-ins for SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Azure Active Directory. For more information, see Reports in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Service assurance

View details about how Microsoft keeps Office 365 customer data safe, and how Office 365 helps customers meet industry compliance requirements. For more information, see Service assurance in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

Also, be sure to take a look at remote Windows PowerShell, which is the administrative interface that enables you to manage your Security & Compliance Center from the command line. For example, you can use remote PowerShell to perform compliance searches and configure access to the Security & Compliance Center. For more information, see Connect to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center using remote PowerShell.

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