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Information Protection and Governance

Safeguard data wherever it lives. Help protect sensitive data across clouds, apps, and devices.

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Discover new capabilities that will transform how you secure your organization's data across clouds, devices, and platforms.

Why use information protection and governance

Help protect and govern your data wherever it lives with built-in, intelligent, unified, and extensible solutions.

Built-in protection

Benefit from information protection and governance capabilities built into Microsoft 365 apps and services, Power BI, Edge browsers, and Windows 11 devices.

Unified management

Configure and manage policies and view analytics across your on-premises environment, Microsoft 365 apps and services, non-Microsoft cloud services, and devices—all from a single console.

Intelligent data

Accurately identify sensitive information across your enterprise with comprehensive classification capabilities, including machine learning.

Extensible capabilities

Consistently extend information governance and protection to popular apps and services with SDKs and connectors.

Why information protection and governance are important



The total average cost of activities to resolve insider threats over a 12-month period.2


Data security incidents

The percent of organizations that experience more than one data breach in their lifetime.3



The percent of decision makers who purchased multiple products to meet compliance and data protection needs.4

Products for information protection and governance

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Microsoft Purview Information Protection

Implement information protection to help you discover, classify, and protect sensitive information wherever it lives or travels.

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Microsoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management

Use data lifecycle management capabilities to govern your data for compliance or regulatory requirements.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention

Apply a consistent set of policies across the cloud, on-premises environments, and endpoints to monitor, prevent, and remediate risky activities with sensitive data.

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The Forrester Wave™: Data Security Platforms

Microsoft was recognized as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Security Platforms, Q1 2023 5

Help protect and govern your rapidly growing data footprint with Microsoft

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Help protect your data from end to end

Learn a three-step approach for managing data more efficiently across on-premises, hybrid, and multicloud environments.

The e-book titled 3 Steps for Protecting Your Data End to End

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  • [2] 2022 Cost of Insider Threats Global Report, Ponemon Institute.
  • [3] Cost of a Data Breach Report 2022, IBM Security.
  • [4] February 2022 survey of 200 US compliance decision makers (n=100 599999 employees, n=100 1000+ employees), commissioned by Microsoft with MDC Research.
  • [5] The Forrester Wave™: Data Security Platforms, Q1 2023, Heidi Shey with Amy DeMartine, Sarah Morana, Christine Turley, March 2023.

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