Information Protection and Control (IPC) in Office 365 with Microsoft Rights Management service (RMS) whitepaper v1.2a

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.
Microsoft 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 New Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise subscription, natively integrated with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, 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 the Microsoft Rights Management service. For that purpose it contains, as an introduction, a brief information on IPC and the Microsoft Rights Management service 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 the Microsoft Rights Management service to perform rights protection on your corporate content, as well as other details and requirements you would need to successfully evaluate the Microsoft Rights Management service in your environment.
This document is intended for system architects and IT professionals who are interested in understanding the basics of the Microsoft Rights Management service.
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 previous version of Microsoft Office 365.

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