Data has become the lifeblood of every business, but with the shift to hybrid work and unprecedented levels of digital transformation, an organization’s data now lives outside of the traditional borders of business. Over 30% of decision makers do not know where or what their sensitive business-critical data is, making it impossible for organizations to protect that data, close exposure gaps, or comply with regulatory requirements.
Just like seatbelts and speed limits took some time to protect passengers riding vehicles, privacy regulations are just catching up to the pace of digital transformation. It is just a matter of time for the world to catch up to regulatory requirements. The office of the attorney general is now tasked with enforcing legal action for any breaches. Compliance has gone from a should – to a must, and in 2023, it has become a board level topic. When organizations manage risks well, compliance becomes a natural outcome.
At Microsoft, we are focused on helping customers simplify their compliance journey, which is why we created Compliance Manager in the first place. Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager helps organizations get compliant, stay compliant, and scale their company’s compliance by helping them aggregate and automate compliance in one tool that works right out of the box.
Announcing new capabilities to aggregate and automate your multi-cloud compliance posture
Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of the integration between Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager and Microsoft Defender for Cloud to address our customers’ multi-cloud reality. As organizations continue their hybrid environment journeys, it’s more important than ever to have visibility into their entire digital estate from a single pane of glass. This integration enables organizations to automatically manage technical controls coming from Defender for Cloudincluding Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), GCP (Google Cloud Platform) services – from one . If you use Defender for Cloud to monitor your cloud compliance today, you can bring in those insights into Compliance Manager with a few simple clicks. For a common regulation like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), customers will now be able to track their compliance requirements across their Infrastructure (IaaS), Software (SaaS), and Platform (PaaS) as a service.
Figure 1: GDPR assessment across multiple services
Enhancing the user experience
We’ve added more capabilities to searching, sorting, and accessing the platform in a better way. The new functionality allows for a more intuitive page navigation experience and better overview of the available assessment templates. Below are 3 items you can’t miss out of Compliance Manager.
- Use your included templates – if you are a Microsoft 365 E5 Customer, you’re entitled to free templates!
- Create assessments for more than just Microsoft 365 – leverage universal assessments to assess risk for multiple services.
- Save time by automating technical controls – set up automatic actions and get alerts when we identify vulnerabilities.
Get started today!
We are committed to helping organizations do more with less by delivering capabilities that make the end-to-end compliance management experience more efficient. Get started with Compliance Manager through the Microsoft Purview portal. If you are a Microsoft 365 E5 customer, try out your free templates today!
 10 Reasons Why Your Organization Still Isn’t Data-Driven (forbes.com)