When it comes to Office 365 tenant security, most organizations find that the advanced security and safeguards an Office 365 enterprise offers are sufficient.
However, in some cases, a commercial tenant won't account for specific privacy and security requirements. These cases typically apply to US government entities and agencies or organizations handling information for and with the US government.
Microsoft 365 offers Office 365 Government GCC, GCC High, and DoD environments to fulfill these needs while complying with required certifications and accreditations.
Each environment requires:
Now that we've established the Office 365 Government cloud, let's break down the distinction between each government cloud.
While the GCC, GCC High, and DoD environments meet the parameters discussed above, their main differences come in the accreditations and certifications assigned to each.
GCC High and DoD environments are designed to meet the requirements of the United States Department of Defense and contractors managing DoD-controlled unclassified information (CUI) or subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Because of the stringent requirements of these environments, there are many features available in commercial and not government Office 365. Let's look at a few commonly used features not currently available.
Features NOT available in GCC, GCC High, and DoD
Features NOT available in GCC High and DoD
Feature availability is constantly evolving. Although not an exhaustive location for understanding features available to government tenants, the Microsoft 365 roadmap is a good place to keep an eye out.
Looking for more guidance on Office 365 government functionality and possible remediations? Reach out to us for a chat!
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