Azure Information Protection - choosing subscriptions

Azure Information Protection - choosing subscriptions

 

Information Protection - choosing the right subscription plan

Azure Information Protection is a great service that protects your documents held in the cloud and on-premise.  AIP can help your business become compliant with GDPR by enforcing classifications and behaviours on classified documents.  AIP can also encrypt your documents.

Information Protection has evolved over time and in Microsoft-land has had various names over the years however they pretty much refer to similar services.  So, if you see “Information protection”, “Azure Information Protection” ,  “Azure Rights Management” "AIP", or "RMS", "Information Protection", they pretty much equate to the same product but like rings in a tree stump they tell a story of it's evolution.

To use Information Protection, the service that gives you classification, labelling and protection your organisation must have at least one of the following:

  • Office 365 E3 and above
  • Azure Information Protection P1 or P2
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)
  • Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE)
  • RMS for individuals


The table below breaks down which subscriptions allow this:

Subscription

Includes IRM

Office 365 Business Essentials

No

Office 365 Business Premium

No

Office 365 Enterprise E1

No

Office 365 Education A1

No

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Yes

Office 365 Education A3

Yes

Office 365 Government G3

Yes

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Yes

Office 365 Education A4

Yes

Office 365 Government G4

Yes

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Yes

Office 365 Education A5

Yes

Office 365 Enterprise K1

No

SharePoint Plan 1

No

SharePoint Plan 2

No

Exchange Online Plan 1

No

Exchange Online Plan 2

No


You can purchase a separate agreement instead of a full subscription plan.  However if you already have a subscription use the table to work out your protection requirements and whether your plan meets your needs.  The deployment wizard will help you understand what you are licensed for: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/details/information-protection/ one of the steps will walk you through the process.  My advice is to give it a go after all you can select a small IT pilot group by using the on-boarding PowerShell commands, trial it before going live your business.