Microsoft has recently released a new compliance bundle for Microsoft 365. Read on to learn the changes and how it can benefit your organization!


New Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance Suite

Microsoft has repackaged its Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance Suite to bring new value and convenience to organizations. New products with this suite include Advanced Auditing, Insider Risk Management, Communication Compliance, Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS), and Machine Learning-Based Classification. Additionally, Microsoft offers “mini-suite” add-ons for organizations to buy individually, making it easier for customers to customize and choose the bundles that best fit and serve their organizational needs.

Organizations purchasing the Compliance Suite receive all of these bundles for only $10 per user, per month. The three new bundles are:

Microsoft’s focus on security and compliance enables organizations to more easily comply with legal or regulatory standards such as NIST, HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA, and more. Protecting organizational and customer data, fighting cybersecurity threats, and being compliant are all vital considerations addressed by this new Compliance Suite. This suite allows your organization to protect and govern your data in a simplified and automated way while providing visibility and insights to help meet compliance requirements. Mitigate risks and easily act with the relevant data available! Here is an overview of each bundle and the licensing prerequisites:

Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance Offers Effective April 1, 2020

Microsoft 365 e5 compliance changes chart

Microsoft 365 E5 Information Protection and Governance

This bundle highlights the opportunity for customers to know their data better, protect, and govern data throughout its lifecycle in heterogeneous environments. Often, the key starting point for many organizations in their modern compliance journey is knowing what sensitive data they have, putting flexible, end-user friendly policies in place for both security and compliance outcomes, and using more automation and intelligence. This bundle includes:

Microsoft 365 E5 Insider Risk Management

This bundle focuses on insider risks, which often can keep business leaders up at night. Regardless of negligent or malicious intentions, identifying and being able to take action on insider risks is vital. The ability to quickly identify and manage risks from insiders (employees and contractors with corporate access) and minimize the negative impact on corporate compliance, competitive business position and brand reputation is a priority for organizations worldwide. This bundle includes:

Microsoft 365 E5 eDiscovery and Audit

This bundle’s focus is to discover relevant data for internal investigations, litigation, or regulatory requests and respond to them efficiently. Doing so without having to use multiple solutions and moving data in and out of systems to increase risk is critical. This bundle includes:


The Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance suite is available only to customers currently licensed for Microsoft 365 E3/A3 or for both Office 365 E3 and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3. If your organization would like to add on one of the bundles, the following licensing is required:

*Azure Info Protection P1 (included in EMS K/F3/E3/A3) required.

How Interlink Can Help

Understanding which licensing option is best for your organization’s environment can be tricky. We know what compliance and security standards are needed and the best practices to get there. Contact Interlink today to st­­art a conversation on what security and compliance steps your organization should be taking!

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