Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows Information Protection (WIP) formerly known as enterprise data protection (EDP) will be ship with the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Windows Information Protection will help organizations to protect their sensitive data across devices.Unlike the third party solutions, WIP is a solution which is easy to deploy and doesn’t get in the way of the user experience.
- WIP’s capability is fully integrated within the experience your users are already familiar with, and they can continue to use the apps that they, or IT, choose to access protected content. WIP doesn’t require users to use special folders, change modes, use alternate apps, move into secure zones or partitions, etc. Instead, the solution works completely behind the scenes and helps protect data wherever it lives on the device. It can even continue the protection when data is copied to removable storage devices such as a thumb drives.
- Because WIP is integrated into the platform, most of your existing apps (including your LOB’s) will work with WIP without modification, app wrapping etc. This is a big differentiator given that, in most cases, third party solutions frequently force users to use completely different apps on mobile vs. desktop devices. For example, your users may use Outlook on the desktop while using a basic third party email client on their phone. For advanced apps that have the ability to work on personal and business data in parallel, or have the ability to egress data outside of the corporate boundary (e.g.: Outlook), changes to support WIP are required. Another option that can also work is setting a policy to force them to consider all data business related. The Office 2016 Universal Windows apps have already been updated to support WIP, and we are working with third parties as needed.
- When it comes to leak protection, WIP helps ensure that only authorized users and apps have access to business data. This even works on devices with multiple user profiles. In addition, WIP helps content from business documents from leaking through copy and paste operations.
- WIP allows users to freely copy content between business apps and documents, but it won’t allow the data to leak into the personal or public domain unless IT chooses to allow it with a policy. In this case, auditing will occur in the background and your users will be encouraged to act responsibly and in a way that is compliant with your corporate policy.
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