MC284359: In Public Preview: New named entities SITs for M365 compliance center and enhanced unified policy authoring templates

The following preview features are coming to the Microsoft 365 compliance center. You will soon see additional sensitive information types (SITs) that include named entities. We are also adding enhanced policy authoring templates with definitions that include named entities. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72194.

Named entities are sensitive information types (SITs) that can’t easily be identified by a regular expression or a function; these include person names, physical addresses, and medical terms & conditions. This update adds 52 new SITs representing named entities, and 10 enhanced policy templates that can be used in solutions such as DLP and auto-labeling, and cover important regulations, such as US HIPAA and EU GDPR.

MC284359: In Public Preview: New named entities SITs for M365 compliance center and enhanced unified policy authoring templates

Affected Workloads

  • Microsoft 365 suite

When this will happen

This preview will begin rolling out in mid-October (previously late September) and is expected to complete in mid-December (previously late November).

How this will affect your organization

Named entities are sensitive information types that can’t easily be identified by a regular expression or a function. Some examples are medical terms and conditions, person names, and physical addresses.

With this update, we are adding 52 new SITs representing named entities. You can use these within the Microsoft 365 compliance center and with the PowerShell cmdlet “Get-DlpSensitiveInformationType”.

We are also releasing 10 enhanced policy templates that have definitions which include named entities. These enhanced templates can be used in solutions such as data loss prevention (DLP) and auto-labeling, and align to important regulations such as US HIPAA and EU GDPR.

Named entity detection will roll out over a period of several weeks for the Data at Rest workloads (Teams, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business). As rollout commences, admins will begin to see match results for named entities for these workloads appear in Content Explorer. As rollout nears completion, admins will be able to author DLP, auto-labeling, and other policies with named entities and use the enhanced templates.

Named entities support for additional workloads, including Exchange Online, will be announced in a future Message Center post.

What you need to do to prepare

You can use the new sensitive information types and enhanced policy templates once they appear.

You might want to notify your compliance center users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.

Review Sensitive information type entity definitions.

Message ID: MC284359
Published: 10 September 2021
Updated: 28 October 2021
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