Data-Loss-Prevention for Microsoft Teams

Software developer Smarsh has introduced the latest version of Control for Microsoft Teams. The data-loss prevention (DLP) solution enables users to enforce internal policies, and to block and delete content within Teams, strengthening compliance, risk and security efforts.

“Teams is the fastest growing application from Microsoft, and as a featured component of Microsoft Office 365, it is fundamentally changing how organizations communicate and collaborate,” said Anthony West, Smarsh Chief Technical Officer.

“Many organizations, including those with rigorous regulatory obligations, are strategically investing in Office 365 to reap the productivity benefits. When deploying a rich, dynamic tool like Microsoft Teams, they require a demonstrable layer of risk protection with proactive compliance capabilities that enhance their mandated capture, retention and supervision efforts.”

Teams conversations (one-to-one, multi-party and channel chats, with emojis, GIFs, files, links and bots) are monitored in real-time using DLP policies implemented within Control. When policy violations are detected, Control performs DLP actions (such as delete and challenge) that end users see in near-real-time within the native Teams application.

All Teams content, as well as full fidelity metadata and contextual data (i.e. images, participants, chat room names), is captured in its native format and available for ingestion into the Smarsh Connected Archive or a user’s existing archiving solution, in support of regulatory compliance, e-discovery and/or record-keeping initiatives.

“Our mutual customers benefit from the security of Microsoft Teams, combined with data-loss prevention from Smarsh. Smarsh has a history of helping Microsoft customers meet rigorous compliance and governance requirements, and leveraging our APIs with applications like Control for Teams provides even more options,” said Levon Esibov, partner pm director, information protection, Microsoft Teams at Microsoft.

Control for Microsoft Teams is available now via on-premise deployment for customers using DLP-enabled Office 365 SKUs. Smarsh Control offerings are available for a growing number of social, communication and collaboration channels, including Skype for Business (on-premise). The application provides a single engine for enforcing compliance policies across all applicable channels.