Announcing new information protection capabilities across devices, apps, on-premises and the cloud

Leipzig, 02/22/2018 – With an exponential increase in the number of data breaches and regulations such as EU-GDPR, there is an urgency to work towards a holistic information protection strategy. Let’s take a deeper look at the general availability and preview of some of these capabilities that help you to protect your data regardless of where it lives or travels. 

Information Protection (Source: Microsoft)

Azure Information Protection is a component of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite.

General availability of Azure Information Protection scanner

You may have a significant amount of data in your on-premises repositories such as File Servers and on-premises SharePoint Servers. Understanding what types of data you have and whether it needs protection can be a challenge. It’s also critical to have this insight if you’re planning to migrate this data to cloud or working towards compliance with regulations such as EU-GDPR. At Ignite, Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Information Protection scanner that helps you discover, classify, label and protect your existing on-premises data. Now the feature is generally available to all customers.
Here you can find further information.

Preview of native labeling support for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files on Mac

Microsoft announced that they’re coming into preview of native labeling capability for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents on Mac. With this preview, you can apply the same labeling and protection that you are used to with AIP client on Windows, now on Mac. This might unblock many scenarios that require labeling and protection of data on Mac platform, usher a new wave of Information Protection in your organization.

Preview of unified labeling and protection schema in Office 365 and Azure Information Protection

To provide a unified experience in creating and using labels in various scenarios, Microsoft introduces the preview of a unified labeling schema across the Azure Information Protection and Office 365 Security and Compliance Center.
Here you can find further information.


Preview of information protection SDK for labeling and protection

Microsoft’s vision is to make the classification, labeling and protection (CLP) capabilities integrated with all Microsoft and non-Microsoft application and services. Now this SDK is available in preview form on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. As seen above, Office Mac uses the same SDK, so does Microsoft Cloud App Security. Using this SDK, you can now label and protect content in a way that works with the rest of Microsoft services like Office 365, AIP scanner, AIP client, or Microsoft Cloud App Security.


Preview on native labeling of files in SaaS apps with integration of Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security

Microsoft is constantly strengthening the integration between Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security to enable new scenarios and extend information protection to data in cloud apps. To that effect, Microsoft recently announced the public preview of native labeling capability for files in SaaS apps.
Here you can find further information.

Preview of Information Protection administrator role

In order to provide more granular security role management and following the high demand from the customers, Microsoft added a new Azure AD role named Information Protection Administrator that can manage Azure Information Protection policies, labels and protection templates using Azure portal or RMS PowerShell.

This role is introduced in addition to existing roles of Global Admins and Security Admin that can already manage Azure Information Protection, but unlike these roles, Information Protection Admins members do not get any additional management permissions on other Azure services except query Azure AD users and groups. Using this role will enable you to delegate Azure Information Protection policies management without granting any other permissions in Azure AD.

You can add users to this role using “Directory role” definitions in the Azure Active Directory, or by using Add-MsolRoleMember PowerShell command.

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