As a Solutions Architect at eGroup, I keep very busy attempting to provide the highest level of service for our clients while still keeping up on new developments in information technology. A large part of this is continual education which involves keeping up with the constant stream of new and exciting features released for Office 365. One feature I recently came across, that is flying under the radar for many organizations, is the Office 365 “Secure Score” service.
What Is It?
Simply put, the new Office 365 “Secure Score” is a security analysis service which gathers configuration and usage information from your Office 365 tenant and then uses this information to present a simple score, similar to a credit score, which represents the security posture of your Office 365 environment. The higher your score, the more aligned your environment is with security baselines established by Microsoft.
Why Use It?
Managing information security has been a challenge for many organizations over the years and it doesn’t appear it’s going to lessen any time in the near future. In fact, threats to information security are expected to rise in the years to come and it’s important for organizations to use the tools available to them in order to protect themselves from emerging threats.
Using your “Secure Score” along with the additional tools provided by the service, you can easily evaluate risks and make required changes to improve your security and reduce risk over time. Instead of reacting to security issues when they arise, the tool provides a more proactive method of mitigating potential risks and helping to ensure that your exposure to potential threats is reduced.
How Do I Use It?
Anyone who has administrative permissions for an Office 365 Business Premium or Enterprise subscription can access their Secure Score at https://securescore.office.com. Your current Secure Score is displayed prominently at the top of the page followed by a simple list of items found in your environment which are used in calculating your score. Clicking on each item in the Actions list displays a summary of the issue, an indicator of the its severity, an “Action Score” which indicates the improvement to your Secure Score once the issue is resolved, and links to additional information you may find helpful for resolving any issues found in your Office 365 environment.
If you’re using Office 365 and if information security is important to you and your organization, then be sure to take a look at the Office 365 Secure Score. Using Microsoft’s Office 365 Secure Score is a great way to increase the Office 365 security footprint and provide peace of mind in protecting your organization from possible threats.
If you want to learn more about using Office 365 Secure Score to improve your security footprint or if you have any other questions about this article, please feel free to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our eGroup sales team (email@example.com) and we’d be happy to assist.