Microsoft Purview Gets OCR Support and Other New Data Loss Prevention Capabilities


Key takeaways:

  • Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention has added new features, including Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support to protect sensitive information.
  • The latest updates also extend document fingerprinting support to Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Windows Endpoint.
  • IT admins can gain valuable insights into device health and configuration status, as well as the ability to enforce DLP policies based on attributes like department and geographical region.

In a leap towards fortifying data security, Microsoft has unveiled several enhancements for Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention. These latest updates boost protection, expand DLP capabilities across platforms, and facilitate seamless day-to-day tasks for administrators.

First off, Microsoft has introduced optical character recognition (OCR) support in public preview in Microsoft Teams and Exchange Online. The security feature extracts text from images and prevents end users from sharing sensitive information, including social security numbers and credit card details.

Additionally, Microsoft is bringing document fingerprinting support to Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Windows Endpoint. The feature converts a standard form into a sensitive information type (SIT) that can be used in the rules configured for DLP policies. Moreover, the label detection capability, which is available for Exchange customers, will add support for .pfile filetype in the coming months.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention is getting a new feature that prevents employees from pasting sensitive information to select websites. Moreover, IT admins can now configure DLP policies to enforce DLP protection for sensitive files stored on network shares. Microsoft has also released new security capabilities for macOS devices. For instance, IT admins can protect sensitive file exfiltration via Bluetooth apps and enforce DLP policies on select groups of apps.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention adds new management features

Lastly, Microsoft has announced several new management capabilities for IT admins. It’s now possible to view insights about the health and configuration status of all onboarded devices in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal. Microsoft has also enabled a new feature that only lets scoped admins perform activities on select users based on attributes like department and geographical region.

To try out the new features, customers will need to enable the built-in endpoint DLP capability on Windows 11 and 10 devices. If you’re interested, you can also get access to upcoming features in preview by joining the Microsoft Purview DLP Customer Connection Program (CCP).