Navigating Microsoft 365 guidance for UK government digital, data and technology professionals

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In an unprecedented age where secure and efficient collaboration is paramount,

the Central Digital
ORG

and

Data Office
ORG

has taken a significant stride forward by collaborating with

Microsoft
ORG

and

the National Cyber Security Centre
ORG

(

NCSC
ORG

) to develop comprehensive guidance for the

UK
GPE

government organisations that are using

Microsoft
ORG

365.

The guidance has been designed by digital, data and technology professionals across government to empower and support each other in alignment with the Mission Four: Efficient,

Secure and Sustainable Technology of
ORG

the

2022
DATE

to

2025
CARDINAL

roadmap: Transforming for a digital future.

This blog outlines

three
CARDINAL

pieces of guidance available that are key to enhancing secure configuration, external collaboration and information protection within the

Microsoft
ORG

365 environment.


1
CARDINAL

. Secure Configuration Alignment for Enhanced Security

The Microsoft 365 Guidance for UK Government: Secure Configuration Alignment guides government departments on how to securely configure their

Microsoft 365 Platform
ORG

in alignment with the latest

NCSC
ORG

advice in the journey towards fortified cybersecurity.

By adhering to these guidelines, digital, data and technology professionals can understand how the features and capabilities in

Microsoft 365
ORG

can be used to ensure that a common bar has been achieved for their tenant and promote a secure digital ecosystem.


2
CARDINAL

. Fostering cross-government collaboration

It is no surprise that collaboration lies at the heart of modern government operations. The Microsoft 365 Guidance for UK Government: External Collaboration is a huge step forwards for colleagues that rely on effective collaboration and rapid communication with teams across HM government.

This guidance provides a baseline configuration for the

Microsoft
ORG

365 platform enabling key features such as real-time file sharing and co-authoring across government departments, efficient meeting scheduling through free-busy calendar sharing, consistent instant messaging (

IM
LOC

), video conferencing and the creation of cross-governmental

Microsoft Teams
ORG

sites.

This blueprint not only streamlines communication, but also paves the way for more efficient and impactful cross-department collaboration.


3
CARDINAL

. Safeguarding information with precision

In an era of data-driven governance, safeguarding sensitive information is non-negotiable.

The Microsoft 365 Guidance for UK Government: Information Protection sets forth a standard configuration for sensitivity labels and data loss prevention. This guidance caters to organisations aiming to implement the OFFICIAL tier of the updated Government Security Classification Policy (

GSCP
PERSON

) using

Microsoft Purview
ORG

, a part of the

Microsoft
ORG

365 suite.

By adhering to this guidance, government departments can confidently navigate the intricacies of data protection while harnessing the full potential of their information assets.