Microsoft Azure Information Protection Is Data's Personal Bodyguard
After snapping up Secure Islands last year, Microsoft debuts a data security technology that follows enterprise data wherever it roams.Microsoft wants to help enterprises keep a lid on sensitive information, particularly when it's being viewed, edited and shared on iPhones and Android tablets. Last November, Microsoft acquired Secure Islands, which protects business information by embedding security directly into files as they are created. Now, more than half a year later, Microsoft is unveiling a new offering called Azure Information Protection based on the technology. "When we acquired Secure Islands six months ago, our goal was to continue to innovate and further expand our already comprehensive information protection capabilities for customers," Dan Plastina, partner director at Microsoft Information Protection, said in a June 22 statement. "To date, our engineering teams have made incredible progress in combining Secure Islands' industry-leading data classification and labeling technology with Azure RMS, and we expect to have a public preview of Azure Information Protection available next month." Azure RMS, short for Azure Rights Management, is a policy-based information protection service that uses Microsoft's identity management technologies and encryption to prevent unauthorized access to a file's contents. Like Azure RMS and Microsoft's mobile device and application management offering, Enterprise Mobility Suite, the newly announced Azure Information Protection is another example of how the Redmond, Wash., software giant is taking an identity-driven approach to securing enterprise data, according to Plastina.
When it ships later this year, customers can use Microsoft Azure Information Protection to imbue files with protection the moment they are created or modified. Using a classification and labeling system, organizations can automatically apply protection based on a file's source, its content or the context in which it used.