Microsoft recently released a new technical whitepaper: Information Protection and Control (IPC) in Office 365 Preview with Windows Azure AD Rights Management whitepaper.
Due to increased regulation, the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) and the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), the explosion of information with dispersed enterprise data, the Social Enterprise and its applications enabling new collaboration, analytics scenarios, etc. enterprises of all sizes are facing growing needs to protect sensitive information. At the same time, enterprises have a need to securely share that same information amongst appropriate employees and other individuals within and outside the corporate network.
Windows Azure Active Directory Rights Management (Windows Azure AD Rights Management) service technology provides the capability to create and consume protected content such as e-mail and documents. As of today, such a capability is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Preview subscription, natively integrated with Exchange Online Preview, SharePoint Online Preview, and Microsoft Office to apply persistent protection to the content to meet the business requirements of your organization.
This document is intended to help you previewing and evaluating Windows Azure AD Rights Management service technology. For that purpose it contains, as an introduction, a brief information on IPC and Windows Azure AD Rights Management that helps you understand what it is, and how it differs from on-premises Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). It provides step-by-step information on how to configure and use Windows Azure AD Rights Management to perform rights protection on your corporate content, as well as other details and requirements you would need to successfully evaluate Windows Azure AD Rights Management service technology in your environment.
This document is intended for system architects and IT professionals who are interested in understanding the basics of the Windows Azure AD Rights Management technology.
This paper is part of a document series on the identity and security features of Office 365. It indeed completes an initial whitepaper on IPC entitled Information Protection and Control (IPC) in Microsoft Exchange Online with AD RMS also available on the Microsoft Download Center. This first paper describes the cross-premises support for AD RMS on-premises with the Exchange Online services of the current version of Microsoft Office 365.