As organizations have transitioned to remote and hybrid work, they have seen a huge increase in their digital footprint, which is why Microsoft has introduced a new set of solutions to help them govern, secure and manage their entire data equity.
According to a blog post, Microsoft Purview is a new family of brands that combine 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 suite of solutions helps organizations gain asset visibility across their entire data asset while allowing easy access to all their data, security and risk solutions. At the same time, Microsoft Purview helps secure and manage data across clouds, applications, and endpoints.
It does this by bringing together Microsoft Data and AI data governance, along with Microsoft Security compliance and risk management. However, Microsoft Purview is complemented by identity and access management, threat protection, cloud security, endpoint management, and privacy management capabilities to create a comprehensive approach to security.
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 higher.
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, internal risk management, records management, eDiscovery and Microsoft Priva.
As employees working from home or in the field regularly access files from multiple locations, devices, and apps, Microsoft is looking at co-authoring encrypted documents on mobile devices. This allows multiple users to work simultaneously on Microsoft 365 apps and documents with auto-save on their iPhone or Android smartphones.
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.