Data is traveling between users, devices, apps, and services more than ever before. Businesses are working with customers, partners, and remote or outsourced employees and sharing sensitive information inside and outside of organizational parameters. How do you know organizational data is safe?
The first step in overcoming these concerns about information protection is to classify the information’s need for protection and implement policies and labels. Microsoft Azure Information Protection, a cloud-based solution, ensures persistent classification and protection of sensitive data no matter where it’s stored or who it’s shared with. It also provides end-to-end protection and control for sensitive data, including data classification and labeling, data protection, data usage monitoring, and responding to malicious data usage activities.
With Azure Information Protection, you get:
Azure Information Protection provides classification, labeling, and protection to track and control how information is used. The following process enables your organization to identify sensitive information and define security and controls on data.
Azure Information Protection client helps keep important documents and emails safe from people who shouldn’t see them, even if email is forwarded or documents are saved to another location. Azure Information Protection client is used to classify documents and open documents that other people have protected by using the Rights Management protection technology from Azure Information Protection.
After the Azure Information Protection client is installed, a new Azure Information Protection bar will appear across Microsoft Office applications. This is used to classify and label sensitive documents.
Protection can be applied to sensitive data once it has been classified or labelled. Protected files are potentially safe to share even outside the organization because recipients can view protected documents and emails but they can’t copy, print, or forward them.
After you share protected information, Azure Information Protection allows you to track activities on shared files. Rich logs and reporting tools are also available to help IT monitor and analyse data for compliance and regulatory purposes. If needed, you can easily revoke access to shared data. To ensure a timely response to suspicious activity, access to business data can be revoked either by end-users who want to revoke their own documents or by an administrator on behalf of any user.
Microsoft Azure Information Protection can be purchased either standalone or through one of the following Microsoft licensing suites:
- Enterprise Mobility + Security
- Microsoft 365 Enterprise
Azure Information Protection is offered as a user subscription license.
The different plans available for AZURE INFORMATION PROTECTION have been compared below:
Azure Information Protection provides a comprehensive solution for protecting your organization’s sensitive data, from identifying the sensitivity of business data to protecting and tracking information usage. It helps you comply with organizational requirements for security and compliance. Protection can be enforced on sensitive information when a document is being created or modified, and users have the flexibility to reclassify information sensitivity when they have a justified reason. Users can define their own access controls when sharing information outside the organization and always track and revoke access even after a document has left the organizational perimeter.