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Measure Your Office 365 Security With Microsoft's Secure Score

Published: 22 June 2017

ID: G00332540

Analyst(s): Steve Riley

Summary

Office 365 Secure Score is a useful metric to assess and improve an organization's Office 365 security posture and is a good example for other CSPs. But it lacks a comprehensive view of overall risk assessment, and security and risk management leaders should resist obsessing over particular values.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Secure Score is a reasonably meaningful starting point for security and risk management leaders to measure and improve their Office 365 security posture
  • Secure Score's scope is currently limited, assessing only a subset of native Office 365 security controls, resulting in a score that might not reflect security and risk management leaders' overall security posture
  • The score could be gamed or misinterpreted, which might encourage a false sense of security among security and risk management leaders
  • Security and risk management leaders should remember that customers, not Microsoft, are ultimately responsible for determining what "good" means — and "good" is never static

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