Microsoft is launching Microsoft Purview, a new set of solutions designed to help organizations govern, protect and manage their entire data estate, combining the capabilities of Azure Purview and the Microsoft 365 Compliance portfolio.
In a blog post, Microsoft outlines how the events of the last two years has led to a massive increase in organizations’ digital footprints and increased, which is resulting in necessary collaboration between IT, security, compliance, data, human resources and other workplace roles.
Microsoft pitches Purview as a solution to the market’s response of dozens of products that force security, data governance, compliance and legal teams to “stitch together a patchwork of solutions” that strains resources and is ineffective.
According to the company, the solution package brings together data governance from Microsoft Data and AI along with compliance and risk management from Microsoft Security. The “comprehensive set of solutions” is also complemented by Microsoft’s identity and access management, threat protection, cloud security endpoint management and privacy management capabilities. Per the company’s blog post, there are 17 different products that are now unified under the brand.
The company is also expanding Microsoft Purview to include data protection for macOS users via the general availability of Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention for macOS endpoints on Catalina or higher.
In addition, Microsoft its extending its sensitive information type catalog with more than 50 new classifiers available for DLP, Information Protection (auto-labeling), Data Lifecycle Management, Insider Risk Management, Records Management, eDiscovery, and Microsoft Priva.
Microsoft also announced the preview of co-authoring of encrypted documents for mobile devices (iOS and Android) to enable multiple users to work together on Microsoft 365 apps and documents with autosave.
Other announcements include enhancements to detection and investigation in Microsoft Purview Insider Risk Management, new capabilities for Purview in eDiscovery, new Communications Compliance features and more.
“The unification of Microsoft’s data governance and compliance capabilities to Microsoft Purview reflects our belief that the world needs a simpler and more unified approach to data,” the company wrote in a blog. “We want to help you get the most out of your data while simultaneously managing risk and compliance.”
Existing Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance customers can check out the changes immediately in the revamped Microsoft Purview compliance portal. Current Azure Purview customers can visit the new Microsoft Purview governance portal.
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