Gartner Research

How to Securely Use Office 365 for External Group Collaboration

Published: 23 August 2016

ID: G00303905

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


The ability to collaborate with external parties, such as partners or suppliers, is a powerful Office 365 feature. To securely enable external group collaboration within Office 365, technical professionals should follow Gartner's structured approach.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Understand What Type of External Collaboration Is Possible With Office 365
    • External Sharing Is Enabled, by Default
    • External Users Are Not Equal to Internal Users
  • Part 1: Essential Capabilities
    • Governance and Risk Management
    • User Administration
    • Site and Document Security
    • Cloud Access Security Brokers
  • Part 2: Optional Capabilities
    • Information Rights Management
    • Data Loss Prevention
  • Part 3: Alternative Capabilities
    • Yammer External Groups

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