Azure Information Protection (sometimes referred to as AIP) is a cloud-based solution that helps an organization to classify and optionally, protect its documents and emails by applying labels. Labels can be applied automatically by administrators who define rules and conditions, manually by users, or a combination where users are given recommendations.
After your content is classified (and optionally protected), you can then track and control how it is used. You can analyze data flows to gain insight into your business, detect risky behaviors and take corrective measures, track access to documents, prevent data leakage or misuse, and so on.
Classify your data based on sensitivity
Configure policies to classify, label and protect data based on its sensitivity. Classification with Azure Information Protection is fully automatic, driven by users, or based on recommendation.
Protect your data at all times
Add classification and protection information for persistent protection that follows your data—ensuring it remains protected regardless of where it has stored or who it has shared with.
Add visibility and control
Track activities on shared data and revoke access if necessary. Your IT team can use powerful logging and reporting to monitor analyze and reason over data.
Collaborate more securely with others
Share data safely with coworkers as well as your customers and partners. Define who can access data and what they can do with it—such as allowing to view and edit files, but not print or forward.
Ease of use
Data classification and protection controls are integrated into Microsoft Office and common applications to secure the data you are working on with one click. In-product notifications such as recommended classification help users make right decisions.
Deployment and management flexibility
Help protect your data whether it is stored in the cloud or in on-premises infrastructures. You have the flexibility to choose how your encryption keys are managed, including Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) and Hold Your Own Key (HYOK) options.