What is Azure Information Protection?

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Azure Information Protection (AIP) is a cloud-based solution that enables organizations to discover, classify, and protect documents and emails by applying labels to content.

AIP is part of the Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) solution, and extends the labeling and classification functionality provided by Microsoft 365.

The following image shows the Azure Information Protection additions to MIP, including the unified labeling client, scanner, and SDK.

The Azure Information Protection areas of the Microsoft Information Protection framework

Microsoft Information Protection is the common information protection stack that's leveraged by AIP's unified labeling client. For more information, see the Microsoft 365 documentation.

AIP unified labeling client

The Azure Information Protection unified labeling client extends labeling, classification, and protection capabilities to additional file types, as well as to the File Explorer and PowerShell.

For example, in the File Explorer, right-click one or more files and select Classify and protect to manage the AIP functionality on the selected files.

Classify and protect from the File Explorer

Download the client from the Azure Information Protection download page.

AIP on-premises scanner

The Azure Information Protection on-premises scanner enables administrators to scan their on-premises file repositories for sensitive content that must be labeled, classified, and/or protected.

The on-premises scanner is installed using PowerShell cmdlets provided as part of the unified labeling client, and can be managed using PowerShell and the Azure Information Protection area in the Azure portal.

For example, use the scanner data shown on the Azure portal to find repositories on your network that might have sensitive content at risk:

Check scanned networks for risky repositories

For more information, see:

Download the scanner installation together with the client from the Azure Information Protection download page.

Microsoft Information Protection SDK

The Microsoft Information Protection SDK extends sensitivity labels to third-party apps and services. Developers can use the SDK to build built-in support for applying labels and protection to files.

For example, you might use the MIP SDK for:

  • A line-of-business application that applies classification labels to files on export.
  • A CAD/CAM design application provides built-in support for Microsoft Information Protection labeling.
  • A cloud access security broker or data loss prevention solution reasons over data encrypted with Azure Information Protection.

For more information, see the Microsoft Information Protection SDK overview.

Next steps

To get started with AIP, download and install the unified labeling client and scanner.

Get familiar with AIP using our initial tutorials:

When you're ready to customize AIP further, see Admin Guide: Custom configurations for the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client.

To get started with the MIP SDK, see Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) SDK setup and configuration.

Additional resources

Resource Links and description
Subscription options and licensing guidance Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for security & compliance
FAQs and known issues Frequently asked questions for Azure Information Protection
Known issues - Azure Information Protection
Support options Support options for Azure Information Protection
Yammer Azure Information Protection
Release management and supportability Learn about the content included in each version of the Azure Information Protection client.

See also:
- What's new in Microsoft 365 compliance
- Microsoft Information Protection in Microsoft 365
- The Microsoft 365 roadmap

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