Microsoft’s 5 Latest Updates On Data Security
The company announces updates for its Purview data protection platform, including a new solution driven by machine learning that’s meant to help with battling insider threats.
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Since debuting the Microsoft Purview data security platform less than a year ago, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant has been building out the platform’s capabilities including in data protection and governance, as well as in compliance and risk management. On Monday, Microsoft announced the newest set of updates that are seeking to enhance data security for customers and partners, including through the use of machine learning (ML) advancements. The biggest of the updates is a new cybersecurity tool for the Purview platform, Adaptive Protection, which aims to help customers to be more effective at preventing insider threats with enhanced tailoring of data loss prevention (DLP) controls.
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Overall, Purview is aimed at freeing organizations from having to make a choice between security and productivity, which in reality is a “terrible choice,” said Rudy Mitra, corporate vice president for Microsoft Purview. The Adaptive Protection solution is a major step forward in this area, Mitra told CRN, because it leverages ML to help ensure that low-risk do not have their productivity curtailed while applying stricter data security controls to high-risk users.
Microsoft Purview, which has combined the solutions previously known as Azure Purview and Microsoft 365 Compliance, was initially introduced in April 2022. Microsoft has organized its security portfolio — which it says spans more than 50 product categories overall — into six product lines, one of which is Purview. In addition to securing data in the Microsoft cloud, Microsoft Purview also works with third-party services such as Box, Dropbox and Google Drive.
On Monday, Microsoft announced several other updates to its Purview capabilities, which follow a number of enhancements to the platform that were announced last fall at Microsoft’s Ignite conference.
What follows are the key details on Microsoft’s five latest updates on data security.