The Microsoft Compliance Center

The Microsoft Compliance Center

Microsoft continues to add to their powerful arsenal of business tools with the Office 365 Compliance Center. This software houses important compliance related features so individuals that play an admin role can manage compliance across the entirety of Office 365. The aim of this ‘management interface’ is to help companies meet legal, regulatory, and organization compliance requirements all in one consolidated location.

Additionally, the Office 365 Compliance Center provides an access point for administrators to manage content lifecycle, assign permissions, and offer supplementary storage to end users. With all of these capabilities, we are noticing many admins fall short in regard to making the most of the Compliance Center. In order to shed some light on this tool, let’s take a look at the five core features the Compliance Center offers in more depth…

This feature helps users create further mailbox storage space in an automated fashion. When enabled, an archive mailbox automatically stores messages up to two years after the delivery date. This archived mail can be accessed and explored via Microsoft Outlook.

eDiscovery can be utilized in order to manage content that exists within Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive for Business. Cases can be easily identified, created, or deleted with this feature.

This feature can be utilized to manage all documents and emails that exist at an organization. This nuanced level of management makes it much easier for businesses to remain on the ball in regard to what content is needed and what can be disregarded. There are some situations in which holding onto specific content longer than required can cause legal concerns, and retention ensures that these scenarios are avoided.

As the name of the feature suggests, this tool assists in the import of data files. Users can upload either data files to their SharePoint Online organization, or PST files to Exchange Online mailboxes. Once imported over the network, users are also provided the option of copying their data to a hard drive, and sending it over to a Microsoft datacenter.

The permissions features is where permissions can be extended to users in order to perform the previous features we explored. End users can only utilize and perform the features to which the global admin grants them access. This feature is rather customizable, as each user can be added to different role groups, as each role group is provided various access within the Compliance Center.

This brief overview should hopefully begin to illuminate the offerings of the Microsoft Compliance Center, and allow companies to really start digging into specific features. If you would like to explore these features in more depth, and how they can be of assistance to your organization, contact us at