Managing Owners and Members of Office 365 or Security Groups

By Philac N
Published 7 months ago
~3 minute read
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Allowing users who understand specific access needs to manage group permissions can benefit your organization. By distributing this responsibility, you empower those who possess contextual knowledge, ensuring a more granular and accurate control over access rights.    

Why Delegate Permissions Management?

Managing permissions can be complex, and those closest to the day-to-day operations often have a better understanding of who should have access to what. Delegating permissions management allows:

  • Expertise Utilization: Users with domain-specific knowledge can make informed decisions about access requirements, optimizing resource usage.
  • Operational Efficiency: Streamlining the permissions management process can lead to quicker response times for access requests and changes.
  • Reduced Administrative Overhead: By distributing responsibilities, global administrators can focus on high-level tasks, and the workload is distributed across the organization.


Benefits of Delegated Permissions Management

  • Contextual Decision-Making: Users can make access decisions based on their understanding of the business processes, ensuring alignment with organizational goals.
  • Timely Access Adjustments: Rapid response to changing access needs, promoting agility in adapting to evolving business requirements.
  • Enhanced Accountability: Assigning ownership to users fosters accountability for access decisions, creating a more transparent and traceable permission structure.


Things to Be Aware Of

  • Communication: Effective communication is crucial. Ensure there's a clear understanding of the responsibilities and expectations among those managing permissions.
  • Training: Provide adequate training to users delegated with permissions management to ensure they are well-equipped to make informed decisions.
  • Regular Audits: Regularly audit permissions to identify and address any inconsistencies or security risks. This ensures the ongoing effectiveness of the delegated management approach.


Additional Tips and Valuable Information

  • Use Naming Conventions: Establish and communicate naming conventions for groups and roles to maintain consistency and clarity in permissions management.
  • Document Access Policies: Document and communicate access policies to ensure a shared understanding of access control principles across the organization.
  • Utilize Built-In Reports: Leverage built-in reporting features to periodically review and assess permissions, identifying areas for improvement.



  1. Access the Groups You Own: Navigate to

  2. Login: If not already logged in, enter your credentials to sign in.

  3. Select the Group. Note: Verify the group type in the "Type" column to identify if it's a Microsoft 365 group or a security group. Screenshot_1.png

  4. Group Detail View: Once in the group detail view, click on the "Members" or "Owners" tab.


Managing Members:


  • From the Members tab, perform the following actions:
    • Add New Member: Click on "Add new member" to include additional users.
    • Set as Owner: Designate a member as an owner if necessary.
    • Delete Member: Remove a member if access needs change.


Managing Owners:


  • From the Owners tab, execute the following actions:
    • Add New Owner: Use "Add new owner" to assign ownership to another user.
    • Remove Owner: Remove ownership for users who no longer need it.
    • Note: Be cautious not to remove yourself as an owner unless intentionally.



Empowering users to manage group memberships and ownership enhances efficiency. Regularly review and update group settings to ensure optimal access control.