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Governance & compliance are key to maintaining control

You’ve invested a lot of time, energy and money into your cloud platform.  Don’t let it get out of control.

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Keeping control of your cloud platform, automatically

Today’s cloud platforms enable amazing services to be provided to your users in an instant.  Whether it is a SharePoint site, an Exchange mailbox, or a Teams account, it’s all available instantly. In Azure, you can deploy servers and services simply and quickly.

Indeed, these are all reasons why cloud platforms are so beneficial.

However, whilst you undoubtedly want to give your users and admins the tools they need to do their jobs and don’t want to restrict their creativity and productivity, you also need to be aware of the need to control your environment so that there are boundaries to what they can do. Failure to do so could lead to unnecessary or incorrect data retention, data loss, data discovery issues and many more undesirable outcomes, including the potential for breaches and regulatory non-compliance.

You may not want, for example, your users creating hundreds of unnecessary SharePoint sites or Teams teams. You may wish to ensure that documents have a controlled lifecycle, or that certain data, like credit card or personal information, cannot leave the organisation.

You may want to ensure that your Azure admins can only manage the elements and services that they are specifically responsible for, or that they can only create virtual machines of a limited size (and therefore cost).

Fortunately, Microsoft 365, Azure and Power Platform provide many integrated tools and services that enable management, control, and visibility of governance and compliance across the platforms.

Whether it is setting data retention policies to ensure your data lifecycle is managed, enabling administration policies, enhancing content search, creating service deployment boundaries, role-based access control, or regulating other aspects of your cloud platforms, the controls are available and simply need to be designed and configured in the appropriate way to meet organisational standards, contractual and compliance requirements, or legal constraints.

Take control of your environment and data with Silversands. Our Microsoft 365, Azure and Power Platform consultants have extensive experience in designing and deploying governance and compliance solutions for customers of all sizes and across all sectors.

Make the most of your existing investment

By implementing governance and compliance policies, you can ensure that your cloud platforms will continue to support your business and user requirements without the headaches that can come from an uncontrolled environment.

Don’t know where to start? We have helped numerous organisations design and implement governance and compliance controls and our consultants are ready to help you uncover your requirements and work with you to develop and implement your governance and compliance plan.

Contact us today to find out help we can help you develop solutions that meet your specific governance and compliance requirements.

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Governance and compliance across the Microsoft platforms

Microsoft 365 Azure Power Platform Microsoft Purview
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Governance & compliance in Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 offers a range of governance and compliance features to help you control the platform, protect your data or comply with regulations.

Administrators can create policies to:

  • Enforce password complexity
  • Restrict access to certain applications
  • Control external sharing of files.
  • Manage data retention to control the lifecycle of documents
  • Enforce data loss prevention to prevent the accidental release of sensitive information
  • Support eDiscovery searches to fulfil subject access and compliance requests.

These policies can be enforced across the entire Microsoft 365 suite, providing a consistent governance framework for your organisation.

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Keeping control in Azure

Azure offers a range of governance and compliance features to help your organisation manage your platform, protect your data and comply with various regulations. These include:

  • Azure Policy
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Privileged Identity Management

Azure Policy allows administrators to create policies to control admin and user behaviour. These policies can be used to enforce security controls, ensure compliance with regulations, and manage or restrict resource usage. Azure Policy works across the entire Azure platform, providing a consistent governance framework.

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) enables fine-grained control over administration rights, allowing admins and users to be given very specific rights to particular elements of Azure so that they can only manage or change those items.

Privileged Identity Management (PIM) provides the capability to allow a user’s permissions to be elevated on a request/just-in-time basis.  This supports a key governance principle that administrators should not have elevated permissions until they actually need them.  With PIM, elevated permissions requests can be subject to approval workflow, can have multi-factor authentication enforced, and can be time-bound and audited.  PIM is particularly useful for managing permissions elevation for third parties (such as when an external agent requires access to fix a problem).

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Controlling your Power Platform environment

Power Platform offers a range of governance and compliance features to help your organisation or business protect your data, manage your environment and comply with any required regulations. These include:

  • Centre of Excellence
  • Data loss prevention
  • Role-based access control

The Centre of Excellence (COE) is a set of tools that are intended to help manage, govern, control and promote the best practice use of Power Platform within your organisation. The governance component provides elements such as environment management, data governance, access control, lifecycle management and app auditing.

Data loss prevention (DLP) policies can be used to prevent the accidental sharing of sensitive information in Power Apps and Power Automate.

Role-based access control (RBAC) allows administrators to control user access to resources in Power Platform. RBAC can be used to ensure that users have access only to the resources that they need to perform their job functions.

Additionally, Power Platform offers audit and compliance features that allow administrators to monitor user activity and ensure compliance with regulations such as GDPR. Audit logs record all user activity in Power Platform and can be used to monitor suspicious activity or investigate security incidents.

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Centralising management of your governance and compliance

Microsoft Purview

Purview is a collection of governance and compliance solutions that work across your entire estate, including on-premises, Microsoft 365, Azure, and third-party solutions like Amazon S3.  IT provides a number of benefits, including:

  • Helping you to gain visibility into assets across your entire data estate.
  • Enabling central access to all your data, security, and risk solutions.
  • Safeguarding and managing sensitive data across clouds, apps, and endpoints.
  • Managing end-to-end data risks and regulatory compliance.

The Purview suite includes over twenty tools, such as:

  • Audit
  • Information Protection
  • Compliance Manager
  • Data Lifecycle Manage
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • eDiscovery

Ultimately, Purview provides a comprehensive set of capabilities to help your organisation or business govern, protect, and manage data across your platforms and services.

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