One of my favorite things about working with modern cloud technologies is the speed with which things change and improve. Earlier this year, it was announced that Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite was being enhanced by the addition and expansion of several innovative and holistic security solutions. In line with those announcements, Enterprise Mobility Suite is now Enterprise Mobility + Security.
In this post for partners with an enterprise mobility practice, I’ll share and explain the changes and new capabilities that you should know about and understand from both a sales and a technical perspective. And, in the weeks ahead, we’ll cover the new capabilities in more depth on the Enterprise Mobility + Security Partner Community blog series, community calls, and Yammer group.
- Sign up for the September 22 community call
- Community call schedule
- Yammer group
- Training and enablement
New EMS E3 and EMS E5 plans
Enterprise Mobility + Security will be sold in two new plans, EMS E3 and EMS E5. Enterprise Mobility Suite becomes Enterprise Mobility + Security E3, with no change for existing EMS customers. Later this year, a new, expanded plan – Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 – will be generally available.
Enterprise Mobility + Security will also be available in the Secure Productive Enterprise, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and EMS into a single licensing offering, replacing Enterprise Cloud Suite.
New EMS capabilities: Microsoft Azure Information Protection
There are several new capabilities in EMS to learn about, utilize, and include in your offerings. For example, Microsoft Cloud App Security will be part of the E5 offering. There are also changes to Azure Active Directory Premium and Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS).
Earlier this year, I published a blog post about Azure Rights Management and the partner opportunity. In that post, I discussed the conversations you should have with customers, explained what makes the technology unique, and suggested learning plans for all levels. Helping customers protect their corporate documents is critical. It is a conversation and solution planning session every partner should have with every customer.
There are two offerings for Azure Information Protection:
- Azure Rights Management Premium becomes Azure Information Protection Premium P1, with no change for existing Azure RMS customers.
- Azure Information Protection Premium P2 adds automatic classification to the manual classification, labeling, and all other capabilities offered in P1.
Introduction to Microsoft Azure Information Protection
With Azure Information Protection, companies can equip their employees to:
- Classify, label and protect data at the time of creation or modification. Define policies to classify and label data in an easy-to-use and intuitive way. These policies can be used to apply labels and protection either automatically based on content, or manually by the user. You can also define a default policy, and make recommendations to users.
- Apply persistent protection that travels with your data. Once classified, protection can be applied to data needing protection. The classification labels and protection travels with the document or email regardless of where it is stored and with whom it is shared.
- Enable safe sharing. Share data safely with users within your organization as well as with external people. Document owners can define who can access data and what they can do with it; for example, recipients can view and edit files, but they cannot print or forward.
- Make the right decisions and stay productive. Data classification and protection controls are integrated into Office and provide simple, one-click options to secure data that users are working on.
- Manage and deploy policies and rules. Using the Management Portal, you can create, manage and modify all aspects of policies, rules and label configurations. This includes the names of the labels, the color palette, defaults, recommendations, automated detection rules, and visual marking of documents with headers, footers, and watermarking.
The partner opportunity
For partners, Azure Information Protection is your opportunity to help each customer design a protection plan that fits its business, and support that plan’s implementation. And, as shown in the video above, the Azure Information Protection service enhances the experience for customers using Office 365.
Join the Enterprise Mobility + Security Partner Community
On the September 22 EMS Partner Community call, you’ll hear from an Azure Information Protection expert.
Comments about this blog post, or questions about the topic? Let us know in the Enterprise Mobility + Security Partners Yammer group.