Microsoft Extends Data Leak Protection to Office on Windows

Microsoft adds its data loss prevention technology in Windows Information Protection to its Office desktop apps for Windows.

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 customers now have another tool to help them prevent leaks of sensitive information from Office data files.

Microsoft has extended its data loss prevention (DLP) technology, Windows Information Protection (WIP), to Office on Windows PCs, announced Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Office at Microsoft on Friday.

Formerly dubbed enterprise data protection, WIP was baked into last year's Windows 10 Anniversary Update. WIP provides businesses copy and paste protection features, enabling them to better control the flow of sensitive or private information. It can also be used to prevent unauthorized apps from accessing critical business data.

Now, in the June update for Office 365, some of those capabilities have been incorporated into the Office applications for Windows desktops, making the jump from the mobile Office apps for Windows phone and tablets.

Pedro Hernandez

Pedro Hernandez

Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to eWEEK and the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of...