Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for Information Protection and Governance

Information Protection

Organizations can discover, classify, label, and secure sensitive documents and emails with Information Protection. Admins can design rules and conditions for labels to be applied automatically, users can apply labels manually, or a combination of both can be used-with users given permission to apply labels.


Information Governance

Organizations can manage security risks with Information Governance by discovering, classifying, labeling, and governing their data. By providing retention and deletion capabilities across Microsoft 365 and third-party data, Information Governance helps organizations meet regulatory and business compliance requirements and reduce their attack surface.


Microsoft Information Protection in Microsoft 365

MIP capabilities are included with Microsoft 365 Compliance and give you the tools to know your data, protect your data, and prevent data loss.




Which licenses provide the rights for a user to benefit from the service?

  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/E3/A3/G3/F1/F3/Business Premium, Enterprise Mobility + Security F3/E3/E5, Office 365 E5/A5/E3/A3/F3, AIP Plan 1, and AIP Plan 2 provide the rights for a user to benefit from manual sensitivity labeling.

  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5/E3/A3/G3/F1/F3/Business Premium, Enterprise Mobility + Security F3/E3/E5, AIP Plan 1, and AIP Plan 2 provide the rights for a user to benefit from applying and viewing sensitivity labels in Power BI and to protect data when it's exported from Power BI to Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF.

  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5, Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5 Compliance, Microsoft 365 E5/A5/G5 Information Protection, and Governance, Office 365 E5, Enterprise Mobility + Security E5/A5/G5, and AIP Plan 2 provide the rights for a user to benefit from automatic sensitivity labeling.

  • Information Protection does not include rights to automatic classification based on Machine Learning (trainable classifiers).

Licensing for Microsoft 365 Information Protection and Governance

It is important to understand the complex licensing plans available through Microsoft. Microsoft released this to help licensing coordinators and tenants understand what features are covered by premium licenses. It is also possible to compare Microsoft 365 compliance comparison spreadsheet (Figure 2) to see which license covers what feature. In addition to identifying gaps in terms of desired features, the spreadsheet also shows licenses that tenants do not hold that cover those features.



Figure 2

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