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How Microsoft Azure Information Protection Is Changing the Data Classification Landscape

Published: 26 October 2017

ID: G00319615

Analyst(s): Marc-Antoine Meunier , Brian Reed


Microsoft has added a cornerstone to its data classification offering with Azure Information Protection. Security and risk management leaders who implement data classification technologies should consider the impact of AIP on their data classification and security roadmap.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The inclusion of AIP in Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security licenses makes it both a low-cost proposition and an obvious shortlist consideration for many Microsoft customers
  • Microsoft's exposure of data classification and labeling features via PowerShell and SDKs will make AIP tagging a standard for customers
  • Microsoft's entry in the user-driven classification market will not fix or unify the array of disparate classification technologies available to customers across its ecosystem by itself

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