Microsoft unifies Data Loss Prevention management across Office 365

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Microsoft is consolidating Data Loss Prevention management across Office 365. The announcement is part of a way to protect the sensitive data of organizations and enhance the data loss protection solution in Office 365 to meet the needs of organizations regardless of their size and industry.

In a post on the Office Blog, Microsoft points out three specific areas where Data Loss Prevention management has been unified in Office 365: Unified policy creation, unified reporting, and DLP events in the Activity Management API.

Unified policy creation:

-Now admins can create a single DLP policy in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center that covers Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. The unified DLP platform allows organizations to manage multiple workloads from a single management experience, reducing the time required to set up and maintain security and compliance within your organization.

Unified reporting:

-Along with unified policy creation, we also now provide a single location to view reports for your DLP policies across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. This makes it easier to understand the business impact of your DLP polices and uncover actions that violate policies across multiple workloads.

DLP events in the Activity Management API

– Now event details provided via the Activity Management API will contain the same data as the alerts generated in Office 365 to notify IT admins when a DLP event occurs. This data requires separate permissions in Azure AD called, “Read DLP policy events including detected sensitive data,” which an admin can grant

Microsoft also mentions that more Data Loss Prevention measures are coming soon, such as creating custom sensitive types for unified DLP policies and a simplified DLP administrative experience. So, be sure to stay tuned to OnMSFT, as we will be here to cover all your Office 365 news and information.