Microsoft plans to embed technology from RSA into future products to enable businesses to protect sensitive data.
Through the partnership, Microsoft will build the RSA Data Loss Prevention (DLP) classification technology into its platform and future information protection products, which it said would allow users to centrally define information security policy, and automatically identify and classify sensitive data in an IT infrastructure.
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Microsoft has been working for several years to make its products more secure through a strategy called trustworthy computing.
Version 6.5 of RSA's DLP Suite will be the first deliverable of the RSA and Microsoft partnership. Scheduled to ship later this month, version 6.5 will include support for Microsoft Active Directory RMS, part of Windows Server 2008. RSA said the integration will allow businesses to apply automaticallyRMS-based information access and usage policies, based on the sensitivity of information. Microsoft and RSA said that this integration with Active Directory will help users implement data loss prevention controls tied to employee identity or group membership.