SharePoint & OneDrive for Business: Protect and Search for Your Sensitive Data

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Need to keep your data safe? OneDrive for Business and SharePoint are some of Microsoft's technologies which enable users to store, share, edit and collaborate with documents in the cloud. One benefit of having documents in the cloud is Data Loss Prevention (DLP). These are policies which backup data to prevent losing work or information due to user error or system error. Another facet of DLP is keeping data safe from people who are not authorized to view or edit the data. Microsoft has a new tool available to help accomplish this. Now users of SharePoint and OneDrive for Business can search for sensitive data across their files in the cloud. A document containing credit card numbers or social security numbers would be an easy target for thieves or hackers, and once it’s found it be further evaluated. Knowing which documents contain sensitive data is the first step to keeping those documents safe. How does Microsoft protect these documents? Microsoft uses pattern recognition software to sift through such documents for sensitive information. Currently, they has 51 built-in sensitive information types such as, social security numbers, passport numbers, banking account numbers, etc. Now, the compliance officer at a company can use simple queries to find any documents which may contain sensitive data and deal with them accordingly. To view the original article, click here. Do you think this will reassure concerns about security in the cloud? Let us know in the comments below.

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