Microsoft Teams features for security and compliance

Collaborating remotely can be made easier and more secure with Microsoft Teams. The platform offers several features, including data encryption policies, Data Loss Prevention, and eDiscovery, to ensure compliance and protect sensitive information. Let’s take a closer look at these features and discover how to make the most of them.

Built-In Security Features

Microsoft Teams offers not only effective communication and collaboration, but also prioritizes safety and security. In this article, we will discuss the different features that protect your data and allow you to work together with assurance.

Data Encryption

When it comes to safeguarding your data, encryption plays a crucial role. Microsoft Teams ensures data security using two methods:

Encryption in transit:

Whether you’re having a chat, call, or meeting, your data is encrypted as it travels to its destination.

Encryption at rest:

When your data is just sitting there in Teams, it’s still fully protected, thanks to encryption at rest.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent unauthorized access is through Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This feature requires users to provide two or more verification methods to access their Teams account, providing an extra layer of security.

Let’s break it down step by step:

For Office 365 Admins:

  • In the left navigation pane, select Users > Active users.
  • In the Active Users pane, select Multi-factor authentication.
  • On the multi-factor authentication page, select the users for whom you want to enable MFA.
  • After you’ve selected the checkbox next to the user, go to the quick steps on the right and select Enable under quick steps.
  • In the dialog box that opens, select Enable multi-factor auth.

Once MFA is enabled for a user, they can set up their preferred secondary authentication method.

Secure Guest Access

Invite external partners to your workspace with the Teams secure guest access feature. Control their level of access to ensure they only see what they need. No security risks are involved.

Advanced Threat Protection

Microsoft Teams provides Advanced Threat Protection to safeguard against malicious files and links shared within chats and channels. This feature scans content in real-time, protecting your team from potential threats.

Device and App Management

Microsoft Teams has Device and App Management capabilities that allow us to set access policies for our data. This adds an extra layer of protection and is essential for keeping our environment secure. Compliance features will be discussed next.

Compliance Features in Microsoft Teams

Regarding regulatory requirements, Microsoft Teams is equipped with a range of compliance features to help you easily meet the standards. Let’s explore these features in more detail.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Data Loss Prevention is a proactive measure to ensure sensitive information isn’t accidentally or intentionally shared outside your organization. Key points to note about DLP in Teams include:

  • Ability to identify sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or health records in messages or documents.
  • Automated protection policies can block or limit the sharing of such sensitive information.

Information Barriers

Information barriers are policies that can be set up to prevent certain groups within your organization from communicating with each other. This is particularly useful in scenarios where conflicts of interest must be avoided. Some features of information barriers include:

  • The ability to restrict communication and collaboration between specific groups.
  • Policies can be set to prevent calls, chats, or emails between the groups defined by these barriers.

Retention Policies

With retention policies, you can control how long your organization retains data in Teams. This is particularly important for industries with strict data storage regulations. Here’s what you can do with retention policies:

  • Specify the duration to retain data before it is deleted.
  • Apply different policies for individual teams or users.

Before you begin, ensure you have the necessary permissions to set up retention policies. You must be a global admin, compliance admin, or an assigned role with equivalent permissions.

  • Go to the Microsoft 365 compliance center: Open your web browser and navigate to the Microsoft 365 compliance center. Sign in with your admin account. (Click here to access the compliance center)
  • Access Information Governance: In the left-hand menu, under “Solutions,” select “Information governance.”
  • Navigate to Retention: Within the Information Governance page, find and select “Retention” in the top menu.
  • Create a New Retention Policy: Click “New retention policy” to create a new one.
  • Name Your Policy: Enter a name and description (optional but recommended) for your retention policy. Make it specific so you can easily identify its purpose later.
  • Choose Locations: In the section “Where do you want this policy to apply?” choose “Teams chat” and/or “Teams channel messages,” depending on your requirement. If you want the policy to apply to all locations, choose “All locations” and then exclude the ones you don’t want the policy to apply to.
  • Set Retention Settings: Choose whether you want to “Retain items for a specific period” or “Don’t retain items.” If you choose to retain, you’ll need to specify the duration for retention. You can choose what happens after the retention period ends – “Delete items automatically” or “Do nothing.”
  • Review Your Settings: Review your settings, and if everything is correct, click “Create this policy.”
  • Wait for Policy to Take Effect: It might take up to 1 day for the policy to be deployed, and it might take up to 7 days for the policy to start acting on the content.

eDiscovery and Audit

Last but certainly not least, we have eDiscovery and Audit features. These are crucial tools for legal and compliance procedures, allowing you to:

  • Search and locate data across Microsoft Teams for legal purposes.
  • Audit log searches to monitor and investigate actions taken within Teams.

Microsoft Teams helps businesses maintain compliance by preventing data loss, establishing information barriers, managing data retention, and conducting legal searches. Consult with legal or compliance teams to ensure necessary regulations are met.

Integration with Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance

Microsoft Teams does not exist in a vacuum. It is a part of the larger Microsoft 365 ecosystem, designed to provide comprehensive security and compliance solutions. This integration is instrumental in ensuring that your data remains safe and your operations remain compliant, no matter the scale of your business. Let’s break this down further.

Seamless Synchronization with Microsoft 365

Teams and Microsoft 365 work together like a well-oiled machine. They share the same security and compliance centers, meaning all your settings, regulations, and policies apply uniformly across the entire Microsoft 365 suite, including Teams. This integration ensures:


No need to worry about different rules or policies across your Microsoft applications. What applies in Teams applies everywhere.

Ease of Use:

With a single dashboard to control all your security and compliance settings, managing these crucial aspects becomes less of a chore.

Time Efficiency:

Save precious hours that would otherwise be spent managing individual security and compliance settings across various applications.

Leveraging the Power of Advanced Security Management

Microsoft 365’s Advanced Security Management (ASM) is another great tool that Teams can leverage. ASM offers advanced threat detection, allowing you to identify potential security risks and breaches before they become problematic. This feature is particularly beneficial for:

  • Threat Identification: Spotting suspicious activities or unusual behavior, like multiple failed sign-in attempts.
  • Risk Management: Identifying high-risk users or applications in your organization.
  • Alerts: Receiving instant alerts about potential threats, ensuring quick action can be taken.

Benefitting from Compliance Manager

Compliance Manager is a feature within Microsoft 365 that can also be extended to Teams. It provides a detailed compliance score, helping you understand your organization’s compliance posture and how to improve it. Some of its key benefits are:

Compliance Score:

Understand your organization’s compliance with data protection regulations, such as GDPR.


Receive tailored suggestions on improving your compliance score and reducing potential risks.


Gain insights into the compliance levels of your partners and suppliers to ensure they meet your standards.

In a nutshell, Microsoft Teams, in conjunction with Microsoft 365’s security and compliance features, creates a safe and compliant environment for your business. As you continue to explore and maximize these features, you can ensure your data’s safety, your communication’s privacy, and your operations’ compliance – all while enjoying the seamless collaborative experience that Teams provides.

Privacy and Control: Your Teams, Your Rules

In the bustling digital landscape of today’s business world, privacy, and control are not just important—they’re essential. Microsoft Teams understands this need and offers features that put you in the driver’s seat. Let’s explore some of these key features.

Private Channels

Sometimes, we need a private space to discuss sensitive matters, away from the prying eyes of the general team. Microsoft Teams offers just that with Private Channels.

  • Create: With just a few clicks; you can create a private channel and invite only those who need to be part of the conversation.
  • Manage: You can easily manage who can access these private channels, ensuring that sensitive information stays within its intended audience.

Creating a private channel in Microsoft Teams can be a valuable tool for organizing specific discussions or projects that only involve a subset of members in a team. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Go to the Team where you want to add a private channel. You can find this on the left side of the Teams interface in your list of teams.
  2. Click the ellipsis (“…”) next to the team’s name.
  3. Select “Add channel” from the dropdown menu.
  4. Enter a name for your new channel in the “Channel name” field. You can also add a description in the “Description” field to give more details about the channel’s purpose (optional).
  5. Under “Privacy,” select the “Private – Accessible only to a specific group of people within the team” option. This makes the channel private.
  6. Click “Next.”
  7. Type the names or email addresses of the team members you wish to add to the private channel. You will be asked to add members to the channel. Once you’ve added all the members, click “Add.” Remember, you can always add or remove members later.
  8. Click “Create.” Your private channel is now created and ready for use.

Only team owners and members added to the private channel can see and access it. This helps maintain privacy and focus on specific topics or projects.

Role-Based Access Control

Microsoft Teams also provides you with robust Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

  • This allows you to determine who can do what within your Teams environment.
  • From administrators to team owners, members, and guests, each role can be assigned specific permissions, giving you granular control over your Teams environment.

Team Policies

Microsoft Teams also offers comprehensive Team Policies.

  • You can customize these policies to control what members can do in teams and channels.
  • For example, you could decide whether team members can create new channels, add bots, or even who can use @mentions.
  • This level of control ensures that your Teams environment remains organized and efficient, minimizing distractions and ensuring everyone can focus on the work that matters most.

Security Controls

Last but not least, Teams provides security controls to help safeguard your organization’s data.

  • These include data encryptionsecure guest access, and advanced threat protection.
  • By leveraging these security controls, you can ensure that your Teams environment is not just a hub for collaboration but also a fortress for your data.

In conclusion, Microsoft Teams provides many features to control privacy and manage your Teams environment effectively. So go ahead, tailor your Teams environment to fit your needs, and rest easy knowing that your data is secure and your Teams are efficient. Remember, in Teams, you’re in charge.

Security for Meetings and Live Events

We’ve all had our fair share of online meetings and live events in the current digital era. And if you’re like most, you’ve probably had concerns about their security. After all, no one wants uninvited guests crashing the party. Fortunately, Microsoft Teams is well-prepared in this regard, offering a suite of security features designed to keep your meetings and live events safe and secure.

Meeting Controls

Sure, accessing meeting controls in Microsoft Teams is quite straightforward. Here are the steps:

  • Join a meeting via the Calender or a link.
  • When in the meeting dashboard, click “Join now.”
  • In the meeting, you will see a list of different controls and alter them to adjust to your liking.
  • Click on “More actions” to view further controls.

Remember, some of these controls may not be available if you’re not the meeting organizer or your organization has set specific meeting policies.

When it comes to meeting controls, Microsoft Teams has you covered. Here are some of the key features that ensure the security of your meetings:

Lobby Controls:

With Teams, you decide who gets direct access to your meetings and who needs to wait in the “lobby” for someone to let them in. This is particularly useful for confidential meetings where only certain participants are allowed.

Roles (Presenter/Attendee):

Teams enable you to assign roles to meeting participants. The Presenter role allows full control over the meeting, including sharing content, admitting people from the lobby, and more. The Attendee role, on the other hand, has more limited permissions, ensuring that only authorized individuals can control the meeting.

Meeting Options:

Microsoft Teams allows you to customize meeting options, such as who can bypass the lobby, who can present, and whether attendees can unmute themselves. These options provide an additional layer of security control over your meetings.

Security for Live Events

When it comes to larger-scale live events, Teams steps up its game even further. Here are the key security features for live events:

  • Producer and Presenter Roles: The roles are slightly different in live events. The Producer manages the event—controlling the live feed, deciding what the audience sees, and more. The Presenters share their audio, video, or screen. Attendees can only view the event and interact via moderated Q&A.
  • Attendee Registration and Lobby: Teams offers a pre-event check-in system with attendee registration for live events. And just like in meetings, a lobby system controls who gets in.
  • Moderated Q&A: During the event, attendees can participate via a Q&A that presenters and producers can moderate. This helps maintain a controlled, secure environment for interaction.
  • Post-event Reporting: After the event, Teams provides a report detailing the attendees and their level of engagement. This can be used to follow up on any security or compliance needs.

Remember, the security of your online meetings and live events is as important as the content you’re sharing. With Microsoft Teams, you can ensure your communications are secure, controlled, and compliant.


Microsoft Teams is a safe and secure platform for all your communication and collaboration needs. With features like data encryption, Data Loss Prevention, and eDiscovery, you can ensure compliance and maintain security. Remember to use these tools effectively to create a safer digital workspace. Keep exploring and stay secure. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Saajid Gangat

Saajid Gangat has been a researcher and content writer at Business Tech Planet since 2021. Saajid is a tech-savvy writer with expertise in web and graphic design and has extensive knowledge of Microsoft 365, Adobe, Shopify, WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, and more! You can connect with Saajid on Linkedin.

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