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Remaining Compliant with Microsoft Teams

13/01/22 Wavenet
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With increasing regulatory scrutiny and workers communicating through multiple platforms, there is growing pressure on Compliance and IT Managers and senior leaders to ensure every conversation is not only recorded but accessible and auditable in real-time.


Recording without the correct permissions, controls, storage and end-user management required for compliance puts organisations at significant risk. There are various security protocols that need to be in place to control access to recorded data and mitigate risk. 


Here are 15 business-critical considerations to ensure that Microsoft Teams calls and conversations are captured and protected to satisfy regulatory mandates and improve investigations, monitoring, and surveillance procedures – whatever the communication channel. 



1. Microsoft Teams-native Call Recording


Choosing a solution that directly integrates with Microsoft Teams and is certified by Microsoft Teams is paramount. Next, is ensuring the solution is cloud-based and and provides scalability, which is vital for teams and operations that involve a high volume of calls, such as trading desks and contact centres. The scalability provided by the cloud removes the restrictions of limited on-premise storage. Vast numbers of calls can be recorded concurrently and stored for extended periods in accordance with regulations.


2. Voice Intelligence Cloud


A Voice Intelligence Cloud, where voice data from recorded calls is transcribed and analysed by AI, provides a way for businesses operating in regulated industries to have a more proactive approach to compliance. The data extracted by the Voice Intelligence Cloud makes granular investigations more efficient; it also allows for real-time monitoring to aid compliance and surveillance teams. 


“ While Voice Data as a Service across mobile, UC, and SIP connections is a critical differentiator for service providers, the broader opportunity is in unifying that data in the Voice Intelligence Cloud and letting AI enrich it. This enables enterprises to turn compliant call recording into continuous compliance monitoring.” 

– James Slaney, COO


3. Encrypted, geographically redundant storage


Captured Microsoft Teams conversations need to be protected by encryption in transit with transport layer security and at rest. A cloud-native recording solution allows data to be stored in the capture region to ensure compliance with regional data sovereignty requirements. Regulations such as MiFID II can require companies to hold their recorded conversations for up to 7 years or even longer. Your compliance solution must have the storage capacity to store recorded conversations long-term securely. 


Cloud storage has a significant advantage over on-premise storage, as data sets are protected with added geographic redundancy to meet data and privacy regulations. On-premise solutions can’t compete with cloud platforms’ ability to deploy across multiple data centres within a geographic region. Platform loads can be spread across data centres to provide full redundancy across all elements, including storage. 


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4. Cloud Security


Storing conversational records securely is a vital component of regulatory compliance. With global operations common to modern business, firms will need to deploy a UCR solution that operates at a global level in order to ensure data sovereignty for each region they operate in. 


For the purposes of (data) export for audit, access to recorded calls should be restricted to limited roles within a business, with strict authentication processes in place. 


5. Critical metadata


Regulatory audits require a compliant data set to work off as a foundation. As part of these procedures and others – such as legal hold requests or dispute resolution – organisations are often required to retrieve all calls from a specific time or date. 


Your recording solution should time-stamp all conversations and allow search results to be filtered by date or time and by user. Call metadata such as call participants, recording name, and any tags should be stored alongside a recording, in addition to any voice AI information. 



6. PCI DSS considerations


Compliant call recording also needs to consider PCI DSS requirements. Some information can be stored and used, but sensitive information such as cardholder data cannot be recorded. Your call recording solution must have the ability to prevent the recording of this information: redaction is not enough. Choose a call recording solution with the right PCI compliance capabilities to meet the needs of your business. 


7. Regulatory requests and trade reconstructions


Regulatory requests and investigations need to be responded to in a timely fashion. In industries such as financial services, firms may be required to provide full reconstructions of trades on demand, often with only 72 hours’ notice, under regulations including MiFID II and Dodd-Frank. Real-time search and discovery make this easy – providing instant access to data to comply with audits or other requests for information. Choose a solution where all recorded calls are instantly available to search, replay, securely download, review, or delete on request. 


8. Recorded voice announcements


Regulations such as GDPR and MiFID II require organisations to notify call participants that their conversation is being recorded. Optional recorded voice announcements (RVAs) automatically notify call participants at the start of an inbound or outbound call. 


9. Proactive compliance through AI


Unifying recorded communications into one solution creates a repository of voice data that can be mined to improve regulatory compliance actively. By applying voice AI to recorded calls, the voice data can be transcribed to enable analysis and automate processes based on what was said during a conversation. 


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10. Retention periods


Deleting data once it’s no longer required is as equally important as storing it securely in the first place. Particularly when it comes to compliance with regulations like the GDPR, organisations must erase data when they no longer have a legitimate purpose to store it. Your solution should include the option to set retention periods for recordings so they are automatically deleted after a specified period.


11. Retention hold preparation


Legal hold requests can happen at any time. These events mandate the preservation of information, including recorded calls and texts, and can cause hassle for businesses if their data isn’t stored in a unified repository. To cover legal hold requests, your solution needs to have a feature to preserve recorded conversation to prevent deletion under any circumstances. This should override standard retention periods, deleting a user, or the expiration of overall storage periods. 


12. Proactively mitigating risk


Most industry regulations have been put in place to protect consumers and promote best practices. Your call recording solution can be a useful tool for proactive improvements and risk mitigation when it includes the power of voice-ai. When calls are transcribed, keyword alerts can be put in place for the early detection of risky behaviour or compliance breaches – deterring potential bad actors. When these words occur in a conversation, managers or supervisors will receive an alert with a link to the conversation in question. 


13. Intuitive workflows and automation


Automation shouldn’t stop at keyword alerts. To streamline processes within a business, your recording solution should include an open API that allows you to create intuitive workflows and rule-based automation. These can automatically populate other business applications for increased productivity and visibility across operations. 


14. Identity provider-initiated single sign-on (IdP SSO)


Choosing a solution with IdP SSO makes granting and controlling access to recordings easy. Businesses can grant and manage access through their identity provider to ensure their specific security and access controls are adhered to when their users access recordings and sensitive data. 


Businesses can selectively grant their users access to recordings using their existing SAML-compliant identity provider. User matching can occur either through a business email address or unique user ID, defined at configuration. Access controls can be boosted with password strength, validity period, (password) re-use restrictions, and any multi-factor authentication requirements managed within the business’ identity provider. 


15. Cryptography


Data should be fully encrypted by a recording solution, not only at rest but also in transit, using one of the strongest block cyphers available such as AES-256. Every protected object should be encrypted with a unique encryption key. This object key should then be encrypted with a regularly rotated master key, for added security.




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