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Microsoft Azure Rights Management
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Microsoft Azure Rights Management

For businesses that want to prevent unauthorized access to their information, using the latest Microsoft encryption and rights management technology.
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Protect information from unauthorized access—internal and external
Microsoft Azure Rights Management provides a comprehensive policy-based enterprise solution to help protect your valuable information, no matter whom you share it with. For {O365WARMMonthSubAnn|price} per user per month, you get Information Rights Management capabilities such as Do Not Forward and Company Confidential, as well as Office 365 Message Encryption, which allows you send encrypted emails to anyone!
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Easily enforce policies to improve data security
Both Information Rights Management and Office 365 Message Encryption are policy based and designed to work with the Exchange transport rule engine. That means Microsoft Azure Rights Management allows you to set up complex policy restrictions easily, with just a single action.
Simple and convenient communication management
Information Rights Management is built to work across multiple workloads such as Exchange, SharePoint, and Office documents, and it makes it easier to set restrictions and provide permissions. Office 365 Message Encryption comes with a modern user interface that makes it easy to use.
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Microsoft Azure Rights Management includes:

Information Rights Management


Help protect data across different workloads such as SharePoint, Exchange, and Office documents by easily applying Information Rights Management to set up policy-based permissions rules
  • Help protect emails against unauthorized access by applying different IRM options to your email messages.
  • Enhance security of your SharePoint libraries by using IRM to set up appropriate permissions.
  • Help keep your information safe, online or offline, because your files are protected whether they’re viewed using Office Online or downloaded to a local machine.
  • Seamless integration with all Office documents helps guard your organization’s intellectual property.
  • Apply custom templates based on your business needs in addition to using default Rights Management Services templates.

Office 365 Message Encryption

Deliver confidential business communications with enhanced security, allowing users to send and receive encrypted email as easily as regular email directly from their desktops.
  • Send encrypted emails to anyone, independent of which mail service the recipient uses.
  • Grow your organization’s brand by enhancing the contents of the mail and your users’ experience with your custom logo or disclaimer.
  • Strong integration with Exchange transport rules allows you to set up encryption/decryption using a single action.
  • The clean Office 365 user interface makes it easier to read, review, respond to encrypted mail.
  • Help protect the entire conversation by encrypting an entire email thread without requiring any service subscription for recipients.

Frequently asked questions

Active Directory Rights Management Services (ADRMS) has been available for many years as an on-premises solution for customers to protect Office documents. Microsoft Azure Rights Management is a new cloud-based solution designed to deliver the same level of protection to customers using Office 365.
Microsoft Azure Rights Management is available for purchase at $2 per user per month through these channels:
  • Direct from Microsoft
  • From an Advisor partner
  • With an enterprise agreement
  • Syndication
Microsoft Azure Rights Management is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 plans. It can also be purchased as a standalone with these plans: Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise K1, Exchange Online Plan 1, Exchange Online Plan 2, and Exchange Online Kiosk.
The requirements for using Office Message Encryption are as follows:
  • If you’re using Office 365, you must be on the newest (Wave 15) version of Exchange Online.
  • If you’re using on-premises mailboxes, you must be using Exchange Online Protection or hybrid mail-flow.
Note: Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) customers cannot use the new encryption service until they are transitioned to Exchange Online Protection.
We will be upgrading all customers using Exchange Hosted Encryption to the new Office 365 Message Encryption offer. If you already have a subscription for Microsoft Azure Rights Management, you will get encryption service by default, because Office 365 Message Encryption is included with Microsoft Azure Rights Management. For more information, please visit
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