I'm back. It's been two months. And maybe one day I'll tell you all about it. But today isn't that day and I have about two hours to write this from start to finish given I like to be in and out on a Sunday night. So today I am going to return to files: and two requests I had last week which were reminiscent of my time on the Microsoft Tech Community. These are the ability to block the creation of folders in a Teams Files Tab and the ability to block the option to sync - and to be fair these both legit asks from one admin to another. First, the org admin asked to block folder creation as they only wanted to have one layer of files and didn't want the folder structure becoming too complex, with too many click throughs for their users. Secondly, they asked to block offline sync as they didn't want users to sync the files to their local machines. So, all in all, very reasonable. Of course, like many things I have written about previously on this blog this isn't a socratic exposition of why, or because we can doesn't mean we should. Here I am simply concerned with can we do it? and if so then then the ethics are for you to decide. So as I return to blogging, this isn't going to be the biggest blog you've ever seen, but I kinda need something to get going again after having a long break. Ok?
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a strategy for ensuring that team members do not send sensitive or critical information outside of the corporate network or to other team members. This could include financial information, personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers or information pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) such as the design for a new application. It could even be extended to use cases such as barring profanity to be used in communications. Whilst Teams is a powerful application for users to be able to communicate and collaborate with guests and with other users in other Teams tenants, organisations also need to protect themselves against data leakage and the infringement of compliance regulations such as GDPR. Applying a DLP Policy to Teams is an essential step in any Teams deployment