Better Together – Microsoft AIP and Boldon James Classifier

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Following on from our first post of the series, What is AIP?, this week we look at how AIP is better when paired with Boldon James Classifier, and the business value you will get from this partnership.

In the world of Enterprise data protection and data classification, the requirement for flexible solutions combining best-of-breed functionality with sophisticated policy support is viewed as critical. Most organisations initially adopt a heavily simplified classification policy, but shortly after implementation of a classification solution they find it necessary to expand and adapt that policy as their maturity and experience in the use of data classification grows, and they meet new business and regulatory challenges. This evolution continues as the business expands, to accommodate new business processes, organisational structures, and as they incorporate new IT and data governance solutions. This is why it is critical for any data classification solution to support not just the initial project requirements, but the future requirements of the business. Often organisations will not fully understand what their future needs will be, hence why it is important for the selected data classification solution to be able to adjust and evolve with the business – rather than become a hindrance to change.

Enhancing the AIP Ecosystem

The partnership of Classifier and AIP offers the benefit of AIP’s integration with Azure protection applications and opens up a huge range of enhanced functionality to allow your data protection landscape to evolve and grow. Augmenting Microsoft AIP with Boldon James Classifier is a simple migration that will not disrupt your current AIP classification structure, but adds functionality, and the ability to customise the user experience and classification scheme with a powerful, best-of-breed solution.

Classifier Drives Increased Classification Functionality

Classifier’s metadata agility enables it to participate fully in the AIP Labelling ecosystem in order to:
•  Support mixed-ability labelling solutions where not all endpoints/users need the same level of classification sophistication
•  Support use of AIP label-aware products, for example, MS Cloud App Security

When working with AIP, Classifier can continue to apply its own sophisticated metadata whilst at the same time adding an AIP label that might contain a subset of the information held in a full Classifier label.

Even if your initial classification scheme is straightforward enough to be held within the AIP labelling metadata, you can still take advantage of Classifier’s advanced policy engine to give you highly granular control over the use of your information labelling and marking.

Join us next week for the final instalment of this three part series; Enhancing AIP Through Powerful Classification.