Microsoft Azure Information Sharing and Mobile Application Management

Does your business have a reliable strategy for the protection and management of sensitive information? Microsoft 365 Information Protection Services help you identify, classify, monitor, and manage sensitive data on-premise and in the cloud across different devices and apps.

Safeguarding sensitive information in today’s fast-paced work environment is increasingly becoming a challenge. Data is transferred so fast between users, apps, services, and devices that keeping track of intellectual property and PII is almost impossible.

It’s easier now, more than ever, to lose control of your data or send sensitive information to the wrong addresses. It’s more strenuous to stay compliant with ever-changing information protection and data privacy regulations under such circumstances. That’s why you need Microsoft Information Protection Services; they give you full visibility and control over corporate data.

Today, we focus on Azure Information Protection (AIP) and Azure AD Mobile Application Management Services.

Azure Information Protection Services

This M365 information protection capability is included in the Business Premium license. It enables you to classify and protect company information based on the levels of sensitivity. AIP primarily seeks to safeguard data from theft and leaks.

It works in three simple steps:

  1. You Classify the information based on levels of sensitivity. Is it personal, public, secret, internal, or confidential?
  2. The AIP technology then Labels the information, i.e., it injects it with metadata to enable apps to recognize its classification.
  3. The AIP Information Rights Management system then enforces different degrees of Protection depending on the levels of classification. If the document is labeled Confidential, for example, API will encrypt and implement a policy on how different users can access and use it.

You can do all these steps manually or configure them to run automatically.

Azure AD Application Management

Azure AD is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system that provides central storage space for all your users’ digital identities.

Your modern organization uses several applications to simplify and optimize business processes. To secure these apps, you must have unique user logins for each of them. This means a different set of usernames and passwords for every app. If it’s challenging for employees to remember these logins, it’s even more challenging for administrators to manage them.

Azure AD solves this problem by automating user provisioning. How does this work? It acts as a single identity and access management system for all your cloud and on-premise applications. Once your users have signed in, they don’t have to re-enter their logins every time they want to access Microsoft 365 or any other apps.

Doesn’t this water down cybersecurity? No. On the contrary, the SSO feature gives administrators better visibility and control over access attempts. Besides, you can implement Azure AD MFA and Conditional Access Policies to further secure application access processes. Conditional Access Policies enable more granular access controls based on threat levels of apps or groups of users.

We are living in a digital age where data is the new oil. If your organization’s information lands in the wrong hands, it can be used to harm you or influence your decisions negatively. For any queries or help to safeguard your Ottawa business’ sensitive data, Fuelled Networks is your go-to partner.

Call us at (613) 828-1384 or send an email to info@fuellednetworks.com, and experience the difference brought by over 25 years of diligent information protection services.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 28th November 2020 by Ernie Sherman.