Microsoft launches new ‘one-stop-shop’ for data management

As organizations have made the transition to remote and hybrid working, they have seen a massive increase in their digital footprint, which is why Microsoft has introduced a new set of solutions to help them govern, protect and manage the all of their data assets.

According to a blog post, Microsoft Purview is a new brand family that combines the capabilities of Azure Purview and the Microsoft 365 compliance portfolio to provide unified data governance and risk management for enterprises.

The software giant’s new set of solutions helps organizations gain visibility into assets across their entire data estate while enabling easy access to all of their data, security and risk solutions. At the same time, Microsoft Purview helps protect and manage data across clouds, apps, and devices.

This is done by combining the data governance of Microsoft Data and AI with the compliance and risk management of Microsoft Security. However, Microsoft Purview is complemented with features for identity and access management, threat protection, cloud security, endpoint management, and privacy management to create a comprehensive approach to security.

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As organizations now operate across multiple clouds and on-premises platforms, Microsoft has expanded Purview’s capabilities to include data protection for macOS users running Catalina or later.

To more accurately identify sensitive data before it is shared, the company has expanded its catalog of sensitive information types with more than 50 new classifiers. These new classifiers are available for Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Information Protection (automatic labeling), Data Lifecycle Management, Insider Risk Management, Records Management, eDiscovery, and Microsoft Private.

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As employees working from home or in the field routinely access files from multiple locations, devices, and apps, Microsoft is previewing the co-authoring of encrypted documents on mobile. This allows multiple users to simultaneously work on Microsoft 365 apps and documents with automatic backup to their iPhone or Android smartphone.

The company is also previewing multi-stage retention in Microsoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management (formerly Microsoft Information Governance) which automatically applies a new label when an item reaches the end of its retention period.

We’ll likely hear more from Microsoft about Purview once organizations start using the new set of solutions to better manage their data.

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