For the past 3 years I have been bouncing between four operating systems on four different devices: my iPhone (iOS), my Nexus tablet (Android) my home PC (Windows 7) and my work PC (Windows 8.1). Today, with the launch of Windows 10, I dare to hope that this user interface nightmare is coming to an end. The device will finally become secondary to continuity, usability and productivity. As Microsoft themselves say: “We believe your experiences should be mobile – not just your devices. Technology should be out of the way and your apps, services and content should move with you across devices, seamlessly and easily.”1 So, how does TITUS fit into the Windows 10 world?
The harmony of apps across Windows 10 devices will help to ensure that TITUS Classification is always available from any device, ensuring there are no security or compliance gaps. Currently, to classify across devices it is necessary to manage apps built for each operating system. As Windows harmonizes the operating systems and apps, IT administrators will have a much easier time installing and managing TITUS Classification across devices.
A key component to seamlessly extending services in the Windows 10 world is the Azure cloud platform. TITUS is already taking advantage of Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) to help protect sensitive information on the desktop and from mobile devices. As users classify, TITUS Classification automatically applies the appropriate Azure RMS template based on the classification, content, context, and sender/recipient user attributes (Active Directory). The measure of these different elements ensures that the appropriate Azure RMS protections are applied. For example, a user in the finance department and the R&D department each create and classify a file as “Restricted.” However, that does not necessarily mean the same RMS template is applied to each. In the case of the finance department, TITUS would apply an Azure RMS template which will allow an external auditing firm read and write access to the file. In the case of the R&D document, TITUS would apply an Azure RMS template that restricts access exclusively to members of the R&D team. So, even though the classification was the same, TITUS Classification policy is flexible enough to meet the business requirements of each department.
In order to move content across devices easily, Windows 10 simplifies cloud sharing. With the inherent over-sharing risks associated with cloud storage, TITUS Classification becomes even more valuable. Mass storage of corporate information, mixed with easy access and simplified sharing, is a recipe for a data disaster if not properly managed. Because TITUS Classification applies persistent identifying metadata to files it is possible to restrict the most sensitive files from ever reaching the cloud. And, as indicated above, TITUS Classification can apply RMS protection to data before it is uploaded to OneDrive or SharePoint Online. Finally, whether RMS protected or not, TITUS Classification metadata enables quick electronic discovery and auditing of cloud repositories. Since TITUS can also apply retention details to each file’s metadata, organizations can effectively manage information lifecycles and ensure old data is destroyed before it becomes a liability.
If your organization is making the jump to Windows 10, TITUS is ready.