Microsoft Secure Score should be your security benchmark

Security is tough. There are many different settings in many different places I know, however my suggestion is that you should start, and continue to use, Microsoft Secure Score as your security benchmark when it comes to the protection of your environment will make things much easier and provide a simple starting point.

To start, visit:

https://securescore.office.com/

You’ll need to login with a Microsoft 365 administration account to view the results.

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You should then pretty much see your Secure Score, out of 100, front and centre as shown above. Think of this score as an aggregation of your entire Microsoft 365 environment.

To me, your Secure Score should be at least 80% and higher if possible. If it’s not, then you have some work to do.

If your Secure Score is less than 80% and you are not the person responsible for configuring your Microsoft 365 environment then you need to open a dialog with them about improving your score. If you are paying an external business to manage your Microsoft 365 environment then you should ask them to show you what their own  Secure Score is.

– If their Secure Score is LOWER than what your is, then I would suggest it is time to find someone else who is actually serious about security.

– If their Secure Score is EQUAL to what yours is, ask them to show you a plan for how they plan to get your Secure Score to at least 80%. If they are unable to, again, think about whether you should be using them.

– If their Secure Score is HIGHER than yours is, ask them why that is so and how long will it take for your score to equal or exceed theirs.

A well configured tenant, to best practices, will normally come in with a Secure Score of 65% or so. To me, getting a tenant to 80% does require some work but it isn’t all that hard. Remember, good security means expending some effort. This means that if your Secure Score is well below the 65% mark, then you should be taking immediate action to improve it and implement things to best practices as soon as possible.

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Now go back to your Secure Score console and select the Include menu in the top right as shown and select the Achievable score as shown. This now shows you what Secure Score you could achieve if you implemented everything you are currently paying for (i.e. licensed for). In essence, this shows you how much security stuff you are paying for that has not been enabled. If that is large, then add that item to your security To-Do list as well.

So in summary, in my opinion,

– Anything below a Secure Score of 30% means you are highly vulnerable I believe.

– Anything below a Secure Score of 50% indicates that best practices have not been fully applied.

– Around 67% is the Secure Score you should expect for a tenant configured to best practices and with all security features enabled.

– Around 80% is the Secure score you should be aiming to get to as soon as possible, mindful of the fact that it will required additional configurations to get to this level.

– A Secure Score of 100% should be your ultimate goal over time. Perhaps a better approach is to always be looking to improve your score above the recommended 80% I indicated. This will require many fiddly and time consuming settings throughout your environment BUT remember, each time you complete one of these your environment will be more secure and that fact should also be reflected in your Microsoft Secure Score.

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