What is Azure Information Protection?
Azure Information Protection (‘AIP’) is Microsoft’s cloud-based solution to enable classification, and (optionally) protection, of organisational information through the application of labels.
Labels are system-wide ‘tags’, defined by the organisation, that provide plain English classification to content held within Office 365 and other systems on the Azure platform. They can be enforced by administrators or manually added by users depending on the rules defined for how a label should be used.
The purpose of AIP and labels is multi-fold:
- Provide simple ways of classifying content using fixed vocabulary
- Enable organisational analytics and response to labelled content
- Apply broad policy to labelled content
- Automate classification of certain data types
- and more
With tight integration with Azure Rights Management (‘Azure RMS’) AIP can provide end-to-end protection for all content within Office 365 ensuring compliance with both organisational and wider needs for data protection. Alongside other components of Azure, AIP provides the core of a broader organisation capability for the creation, management and control of content both inside and outside of the corporate boundary.
For further information, see What is Azure Information Protection? on the Microsoft web site.