KuppingerCole Report
Executive View
By Dan Blum

Exploring the Microsoft Azure Information Protection Landscape

Microsoft Azure Information Protection creates a viable user experience for data classification and labeling of Office documents and emails. It enables sensitive data discovery; integrates data protection capabilities throughout Microsoft’s Azure, Office, and Windows environments; and is gaining third party support from Adobe and data leakage prevention (DLP) vendors among others. KuppingerCole recommends clients invested in Office365 and Azure consider adopting AIP as part of their data protection strategy.

1 Introduction

Azure Information Protection (AIP) provides data protection with Classification, Labeling, and Protection capabilities. It is a core component of data ...

Enterprises attempting to deploy data protection technologies through DLP, DRM, or other projects face significant limitations and challenges. DLP and ...

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2.1 Overview and Licensing

Azure Information Protection (AIP) is part of Microsoft’s umbrella Microsoft Information Protection 365 DLP and DRM solution in Office 365, SharePoi ...

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2.2 AIP Protection Features

Microsoft’s AIP and integrated products can provide a range of protection options in response to policies configured by customers. These policies de ...

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2.3 Document Tracking and Revocation

AIP-protected documents are also tracked to show an audit trail of accesses. Users can choose to revoke access to documents. Since AIP protections fol ...

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2.4 Classification and Labelling

With the P2 or E5 licensing tiers, AIP classifies and labels information automatically using content detection rules. Users can also manually classify ...

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2.5 AIP Clients

AIP includes client components to support data classification, labelling, and protection features. The AIP Client adds an “Information Protection” ...

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2.6 Additional AIP and RMS Integrations

AIP and RMS integrate with Microsoft on-premises servers as well. Customers that wish to protect a subset of documents and emails using on-premise key ...

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3 Strengths and Challenges

AIP and Microsoft’s related efforts are an exciting work in progress that already delivers an effective data protection user experience across Offic ...

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