Microsoft moves to address customers’ concerns about cloud control and transparency
Microsoft is working on new features for its Office 365 cloud service designed to give customers more control over their data and more visibility into how it’s being accessed.
The company will expand Office 365’s logging capabilities to include user, administrator and policy related actions for Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. This will give cloud companies better insight into how their employees interact with content hosted on those services and whether those actions pose security or regulatory compliance concerns.
The logs will be available through a new Office 365 Management Activity API (application programming interface) that can be tapped by monitoring, analysis and data visualization products. The API has been available to a select number of Microsoft partners already—security vendor Rapid7 announced today that its UserInsight intruder analytics product integrates with the new feature—and will be made available more broadly this summer as part of a private preview program.