Microsoft Launch Data Governance Service Azure Purview

Recently Microsoft announced a new governance solution in public preview on its cloud platform called Azure Purview. This new service automates the discovery of data and cataloging while minimizing compliance risk and helps customers map all their data, no matter where it resides, to provide an end-to-end view of their data estate.

Azure Purview began as a multi-year internal effort under the code “Project Babylon” to assist in Microsoft’s own digital transformation and privacy compliance efforts. The company already had a data catalog service with Azure Data Catalog (ADC) that resembles Purview; however, that service is more focused on metadata management than governance – thus making it hard to comply with data protection regulations such as the European Union’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. With Purview, Microsoft delivers an Azure service that can help customers understand exactly what data their company has, and provide means to manage the data’s compliance with privacy regulations, and derive valuable insights.

Alym Rayani, general manager, Compliance Marketing, wrote in a security blog post on Azure Purview:

Azure Purview builds on the same sensitivity labels and data classification taxonomy in Microsoft Information Protection. By extending Microsoft Information Protection’s sensitivity labels with Azure Purview, organizations can now automatically discover, classify, and get insight into sensitivity across a broader range of data sources such as SQL Server, SAP, Teradata, Azure Data Services, and Amazon AWS S3, helping to minimize compliance risk.

Azure Purview consists of three main components:

  • A data discovery, classification, and mapping component will automatically find all of an organization’s data on-premises or in the cloud and evaluate its characteristics and sensitivity.
  • A data catalog component enabling users to search for trusted data using a simple web-based experience – the visual graphs let users quickly see if data of interest is from a trusted source.
  • And a data governance component provides users a bird’s-eye view of a company’s data landscape, enabling data officers to efficiently govern data use. This view enables critical insights such as data distribution across environments, how data is moving, and where sensitive data is stored.

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