Enhancing Microsoft AIP: What is AIP?

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Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP) provides a data security infrastructure across Microsoft applications, as part of the MS Azure subscription package. AIP is a cloud-based solution which allows you to classify and label Office files and Outlook emails, which in turn drives Microsoft Azure Rights Management (RMS).

The underlying aim of AIP is to help organisations capitalise on the information protection benefits offered by Azure RMS through its blend of encryption, authentication and usage control. The coupling of information classification and protection has been established as best practice for many years, and as a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner for over 20 years, Boldon James has been at the forefront driving RMS through the Classifier solution – initially with Microsoft’s Active Directory Rights Management (AD RMS), and then more recently with Azure Rights Management.

What Comprises AIP?

AIP encompasses Classification Labelling and Protection (CLP):

  •  Classification
    Data can be classified automatically or by users according to simple security schemes. Classification and labelling information are embedded in the document metadata and defined actions are enforced.
  •  Labelling
    Visual and metadata labels record the classification and are embedded within a document.
  •  Protection (Rights Management)
    RMS encrypts the document and includes the authentication requirements and a definition of the usage rights to the data (rights management). This ensures only authorized users have access to protected data and they can perform only allowed actions on the data.

Join us next week for part two of this three part series; Better Together – Microsoft AIP and Boldon James Classifier.