Gartner Research

Measure Your Office 365 Security With Secure Score

Published: 11 December 2018

ID: G00378276

Analyst(s): Steve Riley

Summary

Microsoft 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.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Secure Score Is Only a Starting Point for Changing Your Measurement of Security Posture, Paving the Way for Future Improvements
  • Secure Score Users May Need to Perform Additional Manual Configuration to Better Support Security Decisions
  • The Metrics Generated Could Generate a False Sense of Security as the Score Could Be Gamed or Misinterpreted
  • Scores Will Require Ongoing Attention and Reassessment, as Customers, Not Microsoft, Need to Determine What “Good” Means

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