UCF Common Controls Hub™ Provides Microsoft with a Harmonized View of Compliance

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Unified Compliance's Common Controls Hub allows organizations to compare any Authority Documents to Microsoft Azure’s State of Compliance

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Microsoft has licensed the UCF Common Controls Hub™ (CCH) for use by thousands of their customers and clients.

Microsoft has licensed for use for their global customer base the UCF Common Controls Hub™ (CCH). By doing so, Microsoft underscores its commitment to assist their customers in meeting and retaining the highest level of compliance in all aspects of their enterprise.

Why the Common Controls Hub™ Is Significant

The Common Controls Hub is the SaaS portal to the data in the Unified Compliance Framework® (UCF). It is a research and information database that provides compliance professionals with the ability to maintain regulatory compliance for both national and international standards that apply to their enterprise and industry. The Common Controls Hub connects the various criteria, policies, and lexicons of over 200,000 individual compliance mandates across over 800 laws, standards, and regulations (referred to by the UCF as Authority Documents) from around the world.

By creating a standardized structure that traces the what, why, and how of every Authority Document, the CCH harmonizes the rules and regulations with which they must comply. It also provides the means to track compliance activities over time, for both internal and external audit purposes.

To achieve its objective, the CCH incorporates all the elements of each body of rules into its database, where it maps each separate mandate in relation to all other mandates. Dividing every rule set into five domains, 15 "Impact Zones," and three categories, the CCH identifies all the controls that affect their organization, the Authority Documents that establish those controls, and the details of implementation that will demonstrate compliance.

All Microsoft customers have access to a free CCH Starter account that allows them to build Authority Document lists, compare them to each other to find gaps and overlaps, and track their compliance status online. For those interested in learning more about the Common Controls Hub, a 30-minute webinar is scheduled for October 20, 2016 at 8:00am PST--sign up here.

Why Microsoft's Licensing Is Significant

At Microsoft, compliance with the rules is an ethical matter. The company's Standards of Business Conduct embody its values of integrity and ethical business practices, and every Microsoft employee is expected to follow the company's internal standards, as well as national and international laws.

In the Trust Center, Microsoft offers their customers the proprietary programs and services that help them do the same high level of ethical business in this complex, digital world. Products related to digital and corporate security, privacy, transparency, and compliance are utilized by millions of consumers each year. Until now, however, the company did not have a tool that provided the comprehensive analytics necessary to identify both the rule sets and the mandates their customers are required to follow.

The addition of the Common Controls Hub in a branded whitebox in Microsoft's Trust Center marks the first time the technology giant has placed the product of an outside content provider alongside their already sizeable and significant proprietary programming as a valid and valuable resource for its existing and potential customers.

Microsoft's recognition of the CCH further supports Unified Compliance as the premier innovators of compliance solutions and regulatory intelligence. For those interested in learning more about the Common Controls Hub, a 30-minute webinar is scheduled for October 20, 2016 at 8:00am PST--sign up here.

About Unified Compliance and the UCF

Since 1992, Unified Compliance has developed ground-breaking tools to support IT best practices, with a focus on solutions and processes that further the science of compliance, including harmonization methods, metrics, systems continuity and governance. The UCF was created by Dorian Cougias and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm Perkins Coie, which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF.

Honored twice with a GRC Innovation Award for Technical Innovation in Regulatory Intelligence for Compliance Management by independent governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) analyst firm GRC 20/20 Research, the UCF provides targeted, harmonized research on what an organization needs to do — and not do — to achieve and maintain compliance with industry, government, and best practice demands.

The UCF’s architecture was specifically designed for the delivery of all of the information necessary to establish governance methodologies. Customers using the UCF data can document and leverage the links between harmonized controls, records, assets (and their configurations), events, metrics, and roles.

More information can be found at http://www.unifiedcompliance.com and commoncontrolshub.com.

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