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Can you believe that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in only three months? Customers have let us know that messages with the four-percent-fine/scare-tactic approach aren’t welcome. Instead, they’re asking us to offer a solution, multi-year plan, or specific use cases to help them understand the importance of complying with GDPR requirements.

Partners are already helping organizations leverage the GDPR as a competitive differentiator. They recognize that customers need to trust their data will be properly managed-or they’ll likely take their business elsewhere. In fact, according to Forrester, 74 percent of consumers are prepared to switch to a competitor if their bank or insurer suffers a data breach.* That’s why partners like you have assumed the role of trusted advisor, to not only help customers meet GDPR requirements, but also elevate the conversation and offer additional client value.

“Some of our most significant early Microsoft 365 wins surrounding GDPR were closed in collaboration with partners. Customer need for trusted GDPR technology and advisory partners is just in its infancy, and amazing opportunities lie ahead.”
-Parri Munsell, Director, Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance

New GDPR solutions, new opportunities for your practice

Today, we’re announcing two Microsoft 365 intelligent compliance solutions to help assess and manage compliance risks. They’ll also help you to identify, classify, protect, and monitor sensitive data within hybrid and heterogeneous environments-across devices and apps-so you can help customers more efficiently manage their own unique paths toward GDPR compliance.

Compliance Manager

Now available for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Office 365 business and enterprise customers in public clouds. It can help you simplify regulation-to-audit compliance processes for Microsoft cloud services in the context of regulatory requirements like the GDPR.

Compliance Score, a Compliance Manager feature, enables ongoing risk assessments, with a risk-based score reference that gives you visibility into customers’ compliance performance against data protection regulatory requirements (e.g., GDPR, ISO 27001, HIPAA). Gain actionable insights and step-by-step guidance to help improve customers’ data protection capabilities and to simplify compliance processes through built-in control management and audit-ready reporting tools. Compliance Score is currently available for Office 365 and will roll out to other Microsoft cloud services soon.

“[We see] Compliance Manager as a great step forward for Microsoft customers who have compliance requirements based upon industry standards. We’re excited to have a single pane of glass with ongoing risk assessment on Microsoft cloud services, actionable insights, and recommended actions to improve data protection capabilities, as well as simplified compliance via streamlined workflow and audit-ready reports. The controls of data protection regulations and standards, including GDPR, are especially important for our Federal customers, and are readily identified and easily assignable to staff for completion and review.”
-Jeff Fowler, Federal Sr. Cloud Strategist, Planet Technologies, Inc.

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Azure Information Protection Scanner

Now available for Microsoft 365 E5, Enterprise Mobility + Security E5, and Azure Information Protection P2. It lets you configure policies to automatically discover, classify, label, and protect documents in on-premises repositories like file servers and on-premises SharePoint servers. That way, you can address both hybrid and on-premises scenarios. It can also be configured to periodically scan repositories based on company policies.

Updated GDPR partner list

We’ve assembled a list of more than 200 partners to help meet the growing demand for GDPR support. Microsoft is also connecting partners who don’t have in-house compliance capabilities with partners who have complementary offerings, enabling them to collectively provide a holistic customer GDPR solution.

If you’d like to be included in this list, please contact your Partner Development Manager. We’re always happy to welcome more security and compliance partners.

2ndC 4WARD Acando AB
Accenture ACP ADACOM
Adaquest Inc. Advania AS Aeris Teknoloji Cozumleri Ltd. Sti.
AGIC TECHNOLOGY AGILISYS LTD Agitavit Solutions d.o.o.
Ai3 Alphacom Also
Altitude 365 Altogee BVBA AMPLEXOR
ANK Business Services AQuest Armis – Sistemas de Informação; Lda
Atea Global atwork information technology Auraportal
Automated Intelligence Avaelgo Avanade
AvePoint Inc AXIANS AXON-IT COM LTD
BDO Bechtle Global BPA Solutions
Brüll & Partner Computer Network Services GmbH BSP SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION Bulpros Consulting AD
Business & Decision Bytes Software Services Calligo Limited
CANCOM GmbH Capgemini Catapult
Catapult Systems; LLC CGI Group UK CHORUS IT
Claranet Limited CLOUD BUSINESS LTD Cloud Direct
CloudEssentials CloudForce s.r.o. Cloudteams
Cognism Coligo AB Combis d.o.o.
Combitech AB Company85 Comparex
ComTrade System Integration CONXION BVBA Core Technology Systems
Corporate Project Solutions Limited Crayon Crowe Horwath LLP
D4t4 Solutions Plc Datalytyx Delegate A/S
Devoteam Devoteam NV/SA DextraData GmbH
Dimension Data Dinotronic AG DXC.technology
E.S.C. BVBA ECONOCOM Edgile Inc.
ELGON SA Ephesoft Inc. Ernst & Young LLP
Este Bilişim A.Ş. EUROFOR CENTRO DE FORMACION S.L. EVRY ASA
EXAKIS Expertcircle GmbH Experteq IT Services Pty Ltd
EY Forsyte IT Solutions; LLC. Fujitsu Services
GFI GLOBAL INFO Globeteam
GTI Software & Networking Hitachi Consulting Corporation HORIZONS CONSULTING INC
IBSCY Ltd ICT Spirit B.V. Identity Experts Ltd
ÍNCENTEA SA Inergy Analytical Solutions B.V Infinity Group
infoWAN Datenkommunikation GmbH Ingram Micro Inc Inmics Oy
Innofactor Plc Insight Inspark
Intellinet Corporation Intercept B.V. Interlink Cloud Advisors; Inc.
INTTRUST SA IT Support Groep B.V. ITC Belgium
ITEN Solutions IT-Haus GmbH ITMAGINATION Sp. z o.o.
ITON JDM A/S Kentico
keyon AG KingSol Kft. KPCS
KPMG KPN Leo”s Computer srl
Lumagate Macaw Nederland B.V. Magenium Solutions; LLC
Mainstream Technologies; s.r.o. Makronet Bilgi Teknolojileri San. Tic. Ltd. Sti. Maureen Data Systems
Mega International MESA S.r.l. m-files
m-hance London Microland Limited Minttulip Limited
Motion10 N1 SOFTWARE e SERVICOS DE INFORMATICA LTDA-ME NELITE
NEOS SOFTWARE DEVELOPP INTEGRATION netvisory srl Network One Distribution S.R.L.
NEURONES New Signature Nnit A/S
Nortal AS Nováccent Group B.V. Novadia Sàrl
NOVENCIA T.S. Objektkultur Software GmbH ODM COMPUTERS SL
OFFICE LINE SA OfficeGrip B.V. Omada
Onrego Oy OptiCom SIA Ordina Belgium NV
Patriot Consulting Technology Group LLC. Pérenne’IT [78] Performanta UK Ltd
PHAT Consulting GmbH Pink Elephant B.V. PIPELINE COURSEWARE & SOFTWARE HOUSE SRL
pmOne Ag Poslovna Inteligencija Post Telecom
PowerONPlatforms Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP PRODWARE SA
PROGE SOFTWARE Progel S.p.A PROJETLYS
PRONET S.A. Pulsant Ltd PUNTOIT SERVIZI INFORMATICI SRL
PWC QS solutions Quinfox Automatisering B.V.
Rapid Circle B.V. RealDolmen Reply
RGROUPE SARL RHI RIVERBANK IT MANAGEMENT LTD
RSM UK Consulting LLP S&T Hrvatska d.o.o. SAN-iT LTD
Seelogic Ltd Signature Consultancy Siili Solutions Oyj
SILVERSANDS LTD Skill AS Slalom
Smart Technologies Limited SoftJam S.p.A. SoftwareONE
Space Hellas SPAN d.o.o. Spikes NV
Stone Computers AD STRAWBERRY GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY Successfully Managed Services NL B.V.
Sulava Oy Swc Technology Partners Inc SYCOR GmbH
Synergy Advisors LLC Synergy Technical Synlogic
TAJMAC IT Solutions TAROX AG TECH-ARROW; a.s.
TechQuarters TIETO CORPORATION Timengo ApS
TOTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS LTD Tricostar Software Ltd TRYADE
T-Tech ULTIMA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD. UnifyCloud
UTILIZE PLC Valid VirtDB Zrt.
VNEXT WeSafe IT West Ip Communications Inc.
Winvision Holding B.V. Wortell Xeelo
Xperta AB Zitec

 

 

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