Customers with Microsoft E3 and E5 licenses have access to a variety of data protection capabilities through Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MIP). Within the Microsoft Purview governance portal, customers have the ability to categorize data assets by assigning unique tags or classes (sensitivity labels) to that data, providing a basic level of data classification. However, there are often occasions where users find they require additional enhancement.
Why would I need to enhance the Microsoft Purview data classification capabilities?
There are times where organizations need more granular, or far reaching, classification capabilities. It may be that, for example, enhanced capabilities are required for integration with downstream security solutions, or an organizational department requires more detailed labeling to comply with regulatory requirements, or there is a need to protect Intellectual Property (IP) saved within various file types.
How DCS enhances Microsoft Purview
Sensitivity labels are just one piece of the MIP ecosystem, however, sensitivity labels are often responsible for driving a lot more of an organization’s security solutions, as well as adding the necessary context to data.
Adding Fortra’s Data Classification Suite (DCS) into your security portfolio brings enhanced labeling and metadata capabilities to the simple labeling capabilities of MIP. You can now map Microsoft sensitivity labels to DCS fields and values, meaning DCS users can process documents and emails from Microsoft users. DCS’s MIP Classification Adapter provides the interface between Microsoft labels and DCS.
Solving data classification challenges using DCS
While simple labeling may be all your organization needs, we know there may be occasions where you need more. Listed below are some of the common use cases users face with MIP sensitivity labels, and how bringing DCS into the mix can solve these:
|Most users suffice with simple labels provided by MIP, but a significant number need more nuanced labels||DCS for Windows provides nuanced DCS labels that can be mapped to MIP labels for the downstream users.|
|Customers have tried MIP and find the capabilities lack in significant areas||DCS for Windows will understand the previously set MIP labels and map to the equivalent DCS label providing a seamless migration path.|
|One part of the business is using MIP but regulatory or infrastructure obligations mean MIP cannot be used elsewhere||DCS for Windows provides DCS labels that can be mapped to MIP labels for the other users. This assumes the controlled environments necessarily have access to the MIP tenant.|
|The organization wants to use nuanced labels but also protect which content can be uploaded to Teams channels, a capability which is provided by MIP.||DCS for Windows will set an equivalent MIP label to the selected DCS label. This will enable MIP to block content to Teams channels based on the MIP label.|
DCS – A Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) Member
We’re proud to be a MISA member. Both Microsoft and Fortra share a customer first focus meaning our partnership is to ensure our solutions work together to satisfy our customer needs in a global environment that is ever-increasing in complexity. By complimenting each other’s solutions and leveraging the strengths of both Microsoft and DCS, our partnership will ensure our customers can meet their global obligations as the laws and regulations that govern us continue to evolve in the future.