Posted by: kurtsh | March 6, 2020

RELEASE: “Information Barriers” for Microsoft 365 E5

imageMicrosoft cloud services include powerful communication and collaboration capabilities. But suppose that you want to restrict communications between two groups to avoid a conflict of interest from occurring in your organization. Or, perhaps you want to restrict communications between certain people inside your organization in order to safeguard internal information. Microsoft 365 enables communication and collaboration across groups and organizations, so is there a way to restrict communications among specific groups of users when necessary? With information barriers, you can!

Information barriers are rolling out now, beginning with Microsoft Teams. Assuming your subscription includes information barriers, a compliance administrator or information barriers administrator can define policies to allow or prevent communications between groups of users in Microsoft Teams. Information barrier policies can be used for situations like these:

  • A day trader cannot call someone on the marketing team
  • Finance personnel working on confidential company information cannot receive calls from certain groups within their organization
  • An internal team with trade secret material cannot call or chat online with people in certain groups within their organization
  • A research team can only call or chat online with a product development team

For all of these example scenarios (and more), information barrier policies can be defined to prevent or allow communications in Microsoft Teams. Such policies can prevent people from calling or chatting with those they shouldn’t, or enable people to communicate only with specific groups in Microsoft Teams. With information barrier policies in effect, whenever users who are covered by those policies attempt to communicate with others in Microsoft Teams, checks are done to prevent (or allow) communication (as defined by information barrier policies). To learn more about the user experience with information barriers, see information barriers in Microsoft Teams.

Information barriers are rolling out now, and are included in subscriptions, such as:

  • Microsoft 365 E5
  • Office 365 E5
  • Office 365 Advanced Compliance
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Information Protection and Compliance

For more details, see Compliance Solutions.


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