Symantec enhances Data Loss Prevention for Office 365

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As Microsoft Ignite 2018 rages on in Florida, Symantec has announced a fresh set of features headed to its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) security features for Office 365. Taken together, the trio of additions is meant to help keep data secure as it moves between partners and vendors in the cloud, while also making it easier for companies to ensure compliance with the EU's GDPR rules.

Here's the official look at what's new:

  • Automatic protection for sensitive emails and attachments in Office 365 and Gmail with identity-based encryption and digital rights management. This is delivered via integration of Symantec DLP and Symantec Information Centric Encryption (ICE) to protect and track sensitive data shared with third parties.
  • Ability to read classification tags that were manually applied to files and emails and automatically protect based on the assigned level of sensitivity.
  • Easier monitoring for GDPR compliance-related data risk with the use of new DLP in-built policy templates and powerful risk-based reporting capabilities provided via Symantec Information Centric Analytics (ICA).

Symantec DLP is a part of the company's Integrated Cyber Defense Platform, which it says uses machine learning to keep sensitive information, such as source code and intellectual property, safe while moving around the cloud. The trio of new capabilities announced today are available in DLP version 15.1.

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