Microsoft creates a bevy of Microsoft 365 tools to help handle GDPR changes

Microsoft offering tools on Azure and Office 365 to help businesses adjust to GDPR

GDPR readiness

Microsoft has provided a boost to businesses scrambling to ensure they are compliant with the incoming GDPR by announcing updates within its Microsoft 365  package.

The idea is that Redmond will that will help companies adjust to the data protection changes with new GDPR-friendly tools.

The GDPR, which will come into effect on 25th May later this year, has issued businesses with a legal requirement to notify customers of a data breach within 72 hours or be penalised with fines of either 20 million or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever be the greater cost. 

To help businesses meet this, Microsoft is offering the Compliance Manager for Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 Business and Enterprise users operating within public cloud platforms; collectively the suite of services is called Microsoft 365.

Through this, businesses can perform periodic checks to maintain compliance with GDPR. Alongside such checks, there are tools can help businesses adapt to GDPR; the Compliance Score for the Office 365 and the Azure Information Protection Scanner. 

The Compliance Score allows businesses to scan their compliance performance through executing risk assessments on Microsoft Cloud services with a reference that provides a score on the risk levels of a business' compatibility with GDPR. It's aimed at allowing businesses to adjust accordingly and better manage their cloud services. The Compliance Score is currently available for Office 365 but will eventually be available for other Microsoft Cloud services. 

GDPR reflects an increased willingness on the part of politicians to ensure businesses are held responsible for loss of sensible data, during a time when cyber-attacks are increasingly normalised.

Recently, companies such as FedEx, Accenture and WWE fell into trouble for either private customer data being stolen or not protecting them with sufficient care.

The ruling has prompted businesses to increase their spending on GDPR and majority of businesses are confident they will be ready for it once the EU law sets into effect.

Featured Resources

BIOS security: The next frontier for endpoint protection

Today’s threats upend traditional security measures

Download now

The role of modern storage in a multi-cloud future

Research exploring the impact of modern storage in defining cloud success

Download now

Enterprise data protection: A four-step plan

An interactive buyers’ guide and checklist

Download now

The total economic impact of Adobe Sign

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by Adobe Sign

Download now

Recommended

ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn

16 Apr 2020
The NHS teams up with Apple and Google on coronavirus tracking app
privacy

The NHS teams up with Apple and Google on coronavirus tracking app

14 Apr 2020
Health sites are 'unlawfully' sharing medical data with Facebook and Google
data protection

Health sites are 'unlawfully' sharing medical data with Facebook and Google

7 Apr 2020
Supreme Court rules Morrisons was not liable for 2014 data breach
data protection

Supreme Court rules Morrisons was not liable for 2014 data breach

1 Apr 2020

Most Popular

16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

16 Sep 2020
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

16 Sep 2020
Google removes 17 apps infected with evasive ‘Joker’ malware
malware

Google removes 17 apps infected with evasive ‘Joker’ malware

28 Sep 2020