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How to Maximize your Microsoft Purview Information Protection Investment

Current Cybersecurity landscape

Ever since the pandemic had set in, the entire cybersecurity landscape has undergone a vast change. The Covid-19 crisis has forced organizations and CISOs to adapt to sudden, unprecedented, and until now unforeseen challenges. Remote working has become the “New Normal”.

The remote working culture will stay long after the pandemic has gone. The shifting of offices to home has made it easier for hackers to target personal networks rather than the well-protected office networks. The increasing use of IoT devices and the spiking of ransomware attacks have led to collateral damage due to ransomware being doubled.

Personal networks can never be compared to centralized protected organization networks. With shrinking budgets and up-to-the-minute changing cybersecurity landscape has got organizations thinking about their security especially data.

Organizations most often resort to a “tools-based” approach that emphasizes the deployment of a specific technology instead of a holistic approach. Such an approach often does not include end users and business leaders to understand and tailor governance and protection policies to fit their workflows.

Such an approach is often siloed and the end-users are less likely to adopt the solution. With already necessary apps and solutions installed, organizations are stuck or unsure of how to maximize and strengthen their cybersecurity stand.

This is where Microsoft 365 E5, combined with data-security tools like HALOCAD and HALOCORE makes a difference. Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Purview Information Protection enable strong protections and controls. This coupled with SECUDE’s HALOCAD and HALOCORE, provides a robust security program that helps provide maximum automated protection to your data.

Microsoft 365 E5 Security Capabilities

Microsoft 365 E5 combines best-in-class productivity apps with advanced security, compliance, voice, and analytical capabilities.

  • It extends identity and threat protection with integrated and automated security to help stop damaging attacks
  • It brings together information protection and advanced compliance capabilities to protect and govern data while reducing risk
  • It provides conferencing and calling capabilities in the cloud to enable your teams
  • It provides Power BI capabilities that help you realize significant business value from your data

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a holistic, cloud-delivered endpoint security solution that includes risk-based vulnerability management and assessment, attack surface reduction, behavioral-based and cloud-powered next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automatic investigation and remediation, managed hunting services, rich APIs, and unified security management.

Microsoft Defender for Identity – Microsoft Defender for Identity is a cloud-based solution that helps protect your organization’s identities from multiple types of advanced targeted cyber-attacks.

Microsoft Cloud App Security – Microsoft Cloud App Security enables you to view apps used in your organization, identify and combat cyber threats, and monitor and control data travel in real-time. Microsoft Cloud App Security is powered by native integrations with industry-leading security and identity solutions including Azure Active Directory, Intune, and Azure Information Protection, as well as any other solutions you want to leverage.

Microsoft Defender for Officer 365 – Microsoft Defender for Office 365 safeguards your organization against malicious threats posed by email messages, links (URLs), and collaboration tools. Defender for Office 365 includes:

  • Threat protection policies. Define threat-protection policies to set the appropriate level of protection for your organization
  • Reports. View real-time reports to monitor Defender for Office 365 performance in your organization
  • Threat investigation and response capabilities. Use leading-edge tools to investigate, understand, simulate, and prevent threats
  • Automated investigation and response capabilities. Save time and effort investigating and mitigating threats

Azure Active Directory Premium – Azure Active Directory Identity Protection is a feature of the Azure Active Directory Premium P2 plan that lets you detect potential vulnerabilities affecting your organization’s identities, configure automated responses to detected suspicious actions that are related to your organization’s identities, and investigate suspicious incidents and take appropriate action to resolve them.

Azure Information ProtectionAzure Information Protection enables you to control and help secure email, documents, and sensitive data that you share outside your company. From easy classification to embedded labels and permissions, enhance data protection at all times with Azure Information Protection – regardless of where it’s stored or who it’s shared with.

HOW HALOCAD and HALOCORE helps maximize your MIP ROI

Automated protection of CAD files shared across the supply chain

All companies working with CAD designs, blueprints and other product data are managing them mainly in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, but require them locally on the frontend workstation to edit them. In addition, when they collaborate with their suppliers, they need these files on their workstations too. In all these cases these files are not protected once they leave the PLM repository.

SECUDE HALOCAD provides automated MIP protection whenever a CAD file or assembly leaves the PLM. In addition, the CAD application should be able to open MIP-protected files. SECUDE HALOCAD also provides a plug-in for various CAD applications, allowing them to open MIP-protected files and to enforce the user privileges defined by the MIP- template.

Automated MIP protection for the structured data when downloaded/exported from SAP

Most companies worldwide are managing their core business processes with SAP applications and store all their business-critical data (like finance, HR, CRM) in SAP systems. However, SAP users often download data out of SAP as a copy and use it within Office files (mainly Excel). As the SAP security system only works within SAP, these downloaded / exported files are not protected.

SECUDE HALOCORE provides automated MIP protection before the data leaves the SAP system. It leverages the SAP business process metadata / attributes to identify the required data classification and to map the SAP data security profile to the corresponding MIP template. So, only the users, who have access to the data in SAP, have access to the downloaded data.

Conclusion

As described above SECUDE solutions provide automated MIP protection in managed IT environments and for structured data. From a unified information protection perspective, this approach provides the maximum value when used together with automated MIP protection in the unstructured data domain which is covered by M365 Compliance E5.

So, whenever customers want unified information protection across the board, they need M365 Compliance E5 and SECUDE for covering all their data with an automated MIP protection.  Organizations need to utilize these advanced security features to protect itself from cyberattacks and data breaches.

SECUDE collaborates with clients to combine these components in ways that best address their business needs to help protect data. Organizations that have purchased Microsoft 365 E5 licenses can take advantage of several integrated security and compliance tools.

To know how SECUDE can help you maximize your M365 E5 license send us an email to

References

  1. https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/microsoft-365/enterprise/e5?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab
  2. Strengthen your Microsoft Information Protection implementation – PWC Report 2021
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/maximising-security-your-microsoft-365-e5-licence-rob-walton/

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