What is GCC High
We are frequently asked this question. Many businesses need the most secure environment available to conduct business with government agencies. A Microsoft GCC tenant can be useful in this situation. Microsoft offers two different sorts of government tenants: GCC and GCC High. We will be concentrating on GCC High and what it can provide in this blog.
What is Office 365 Government?
As some businesses continue to expand their business with governments, Microsoft recognized a demand for government cloud tenants. Microsoft has developed Office 365 government programs in response to the very particular, distinctive, and constantly shifting obligations the government places on its data. GCC and GCC High are the two sorts of plans that are offered, as was already explained. With a few minor adjustments to product availability and significant improvements to security and compliance, you can utilize these government plans the same way you would an Office 365 Commercial subscription. The number of licensed users is unrestricted in these monthly plans. Here are some significant variations between GCC and GCC High:
- The FedRAMP High, Defence Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS), and standards for criminal justice and federal tax information systems (CJI and FTI data types), as well as other federal regulations for cloud services, are all met by the Office 365 GCC environment.
- The Office 365 GCC High and DoD environments provide compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Defence Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS), and the Department of Defence Security Requirements Guidelines.
Here are some other characteristics exclusive to Office 365 Government:
- The commercial Office 365 Services from Microsoft logically separate customer material from customer content.
- The client content of your company is kept on American soil.
- Only vetted Microsoft employees are permitted access to the customer material of your company.
- The certifications and accreditations needed for US Public Sector clients are met by Office 365 Government.
Why choose for GCC High?
Specifications in GCC High that are absent from GCC. For instance, GCC High is the sole option if your company must adhere to Department of Defence regulations, you are in possession of DoD unclassified data or data (CUI), or you are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). GCC High adheres to highly rigorous security and compliance regulations for businesses managing the data, and Microsoft ensures that the tenant remains compliant whenever governmental requirements change.
High Compliance GCC
GCC High complies with all rules and regulations for the following:
- Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program at FedRAMP High, including such security controls and control upgrades as described in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-53. Office 365 GCC High and DoD.
It is vital to remember that the business must go through a rigorous process to confirm their eligibility before receiving an Office 365 GCC High tenant and compliance. Non-DoD organizations can buy licence for Office 365 GCC High environments once it has been validated. These environments are subsequently evaluated at FedRAMP High and can show compatibility with IL4 or essential inheritance to CMMC.
Can an individual from outside the company access a GCC High tenant?
The quick answer is no, including Microsoft Office 365 employees, although there are a few exceptions since occasionally you need a Microsoft employee to access a tenant at a specific time. Microsoft has established very severe rules in response to this, such as background checks. Any member of the Microsoft staff who needs temporary access to a GCC High tenant must pass a thorough background check that involves around ten different screenings and be made aware that the access is temporary. Standing access is not permitted or encouraged for anyone. It is obvious that Microsoft places a high priority on security for GCC High tenants.
Which features and goods are covered by GCC High licensing?
Most commercial licensing products and features are available through GCC High, but not all of them. Users will gain access to Exchange Online, Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint after purchasing a license, making it a fully functional licensing that can accommodate any user’s daily needs. File sharing is possible, but users can only send files to other GCC High organizations or within their own organizations. It is not possible to share any files or data with any tenants outside of GCC High.
GCC High is, all things considered, a very thorough and secure Office 365 alternative for businesses. Reach out to us if you have any questions or need clarification on what the service comprises because it might be complicated, and you might not know if you are eligible or not. We have professionals on staff who can assist you with becoming a GCC High tenant because we want to make sure that every one of our customers chooses the best course of action for their company.