Microsoft 365: Configuring Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Policies

Updated on
January 13, 2023

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Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a security feature that helps to protect sensitive information in Microsoft 365 (M365) from accidental or intentional leaks. This guide will walk you through the steps of configuring DLP policies in M365 to protect your organization's data.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center using your admin credentials.
  • In the navigation pane, select Security & Compliance.
  • Select the Data Governance tab and then select Data loss prevention.
  • Select the + Create a policy button to create a new DLP policy.
  • Give the policy a name and a brief description.
  • Select the types of sensitive information you want to protect, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and more.
  • Select the locations where the DLP policy should be applied, such as SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange, and more.
  • Select the actions that should be taken when a DLP policy is triggered, such as blocking the action, allowing it with a warning, or allowing it with an override.
  • Once the DLP policy is created, you can test it by simulating a policy violation and reviewing the results.
  • Regularly review and update the DLP policies as needed to ensure that they are effective in protecting your organization's sensitive data.

In summary, Configuring Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies in M365 involve creating and setting policies, selecting types of sensitive information to protect, locations and actions to take when the policy is triggered. This helps to protect sensitive information in M365 from accidental or intentional leaks, maintaining the security of your organization's data.