Plan for security and compliance in Office 365

Managing security and compliance is a partnership. You are responsible for protecting your data, identities, and devices, while Microsoft vigorously protects Office 365 services. You can use Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) together to help you achieve the appropriate level of protection for your organization.

Step 1: Review capabilities

Orient yourself to the information protection capabilities in the Information Protection for Office 365 poster.

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Step 2: Check your Secure Score

After setting up your Office 365 subscription, take note of your starting score. Secure Score provides Office 365 configuration suggestions that you can take to increase your score. The goal is to be aware of opportunities that you can take to protect your environment which won't negatively affect the productivity of your users.

Step 3: Plan access protection for identity and devices

Protecting access to your Office 365 data and services is crucial to defending against cyber-attacks and guarding against data loss.

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Step 4: Plan data protection based on data sensitivity

Review and plan for file protection capabilities organized by three levels of protection.

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Step 5: Leverage the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

The Security & Compliance Center gives you a single view into the controls you will use to manage the spectrum of Office 365 security, including threat management, data governance, and search and investigation.

Step 6: Use end-to-end security scenarios as starting points

Use these recommended configurations as a starting point for enterprise scale or sophisticated access security scenarios.

Office 365 admin centers and dashboards

Configure your security and compliance settings in these admin centers and dashboards to protect your Office 365 environment

Subscription

Management URL

Dashboards and admin centers

Office 365

https://portal.office.com

  • Office 365 admin center

  • Security & Compliance Center

  • Exchange admin center

  • SharePoint admin center and OneDrive for Business admin center

Enterprise Mobility + Security

https://portal.azure.com

  • Azure Active Directory

  • Microsoft Mobile Application Management

  • Microsoft Intune

Enterprise Mobility + Security

https://portal.cloudappsecurity.com

  • Cloud App Security

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