In the last post, we discussed Office 365 and how enabling certain features without understanding all the components can be achieved through a false appreciation of security. We have shown how implementing a violate glass report, multi-factor authentication( MFA ), and the removal of legacy authentication can help secure your customers and degree your organization’s security posture in the right direction. While implementing those controls is an excellent start to hardening your environment, it is just the beginning. Read that blog here.

Security is critical, and any style that we can expedite threat prevention is highly welcomed. What if there was a way to get into a more secure state rapidly. How much period would this give you back to focus your attention on other tasks like actual patrons( consumer base, clients )?

Do you wish there was a quick approach for security configurations in Azure Active Directory( Azure AD) and Office 365? I know I do, and thankfully we have some alternatives here, and they are Secure Score and security defaults. Many of our customers are not aware that these features exist, or if people aware, they fail to take advantage of using them.

” This blog post will provide a general overview of Microsoft Secure Score and security defaults–two features that are easy to utilize and can significantly improve your security in Azure AD and Office 365 configurations .”

What is Microsoft Secure Score? I am glad you asked

Microsoft Secure Score is a measurement developed to help organizations understand where they are now and the steps needed to improve their security posture. Microsoft Secure Score summarizes the different security features and capabilities currently enabled and provides you with the ability to compare your Score with other corporations like yours and recognize recommended to areas of improvement.

Microsoft Secure Score screen image

Figure 1: Microsoft Secure Score screen image

How does Secure Score help organizations?

Secure Score provides recommendations for protecting your organization from menaces. Secure Score will 😛 TAGEND

Objectively measure your identity security posture. Scheme for security improvements. Evaluation the success of your improvements. The Score can also reflect third-party answers that have been implemented and have addressed recommended activities. The Secure Score indicates new services, thus continuing you up to date with new features and security puts that should be reviewed and if action on your portion.

How is the Score ascertained?

Secure Scorecompares your organization’s configuration against anonymous data from other organizations with similar features to your organization, such as company size. Each improvement action is worth ten phases or less, and most are scored in a binary style. If you implement the improvement action, like require MFA for Global Administrators or create a new policy or turn on a specific setting, you get 100 percentage of the points. For other improvement activities, points are given as a percentage of the total configuration.

For example, an improvement action states you get ten points by protecting all your customers with multi-factor authentication. You simply have 50 of 100 total users protected, so that you are able to get a partial rating of five points.

Additionally, your score will plummet if routine security undertakings are not completed regularly or when security configurations are changed. It will provide directions to the security team about what has changed and security rights implications of those changes.

What are security defaults?

Security defaults, a one-click method for enabling basic identity security in an organization, are pre-configured security sets that help defend organizations against frequent identity-related assaults, such as password spray, replay, and phishing. Some of the critical features of Security Defaults include 😛 TAGEND

Requiring all users to register for Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication( MFA) using the Microsoft Authenticator app. Involve administrators to perform multi-factor authentication. Stymie legacy authentication protocols. Require users to perform multi-factor authentication when necessary. Protecting privileged activities like access to the Azure portal.

When should you use security defaults?

It would be best if you used security defaults in the following cases 😛 TAGEND

If you want to increase the overall security posture and don’t know how or where to start, security defaults are for you. If you are using the free tier of Azure Active Directory licensing, security defaults are for you.

How is the Score decided?

Microsoft Secure Score has only just been added improvement actions to support security defaults in Azure Active Directory, making it easier to help protect your organization with pre-configured security situates for frequent strike vectors.

When you turn on security defaults, you will be awarded full points for the following improvement acts 😛 TAGEND

Ensure all users can complete multi-factor authentication for procure access( nine levels ). Require MFA for administrative roles( ten points ). Enable policy to block legacy authentication( seven phases ).

Get Started with Microsoft Secure Score and security defaults

Microsoft organizes Secure Score improvement actions into groups to help you focus on what you need to address for your organization 😛 TAGEND

Identity( Azure AD reports and roles ). Data( Microsoft Information Protection ). Device( Microsoft Defender ATP, known as Configuration score ). Application( email and cloud apps, including Office 365 and Microsoft Cloud App Security ). Infrastructure( no improvement acts for now ).

Secure Score

Start by logging into your Secure Score. Panorama your ratings and where you need to improve. Export all recommendations for your organization and turn this into an attack plan. Prioritize the recommendations you will implement over the next 30, 60, 90, and 180 periods. Pick the tasks that are priorities for your organization and operate these into your modify control process.

Security defaults

Start by logging in to your Azure portal as a security administrator, Conditional Access administrator, or global administrator. Browse to Azure Active Directory, and then Property. Select Manage security defaults. Specify the Enable security defaults, then toggle to Yes. Select Save.

Enabling security defaults

Figure 2: Enabling security defaults

There are many security enhancements that keep coming to Microsoft’s Cloud stack, so be sure you check your secure Score weekly. As the days go by and new security specifies show, your secure Score will reflect these changes. It is critical to check back often to ensure you are addressing any further recommendations.

Bumps in the road

Microsoft Secure Score and security defaults are straight forward ways to evaluate and improve your Azure AD and Office 365 configurations’ security. Security defaults help implement industry recommended practises, while Microsoft Secure Score generates a hands-on interface that simplifies the ongoing process of security assessment and improvement.

Our upcoming blog will explore the necessary built-in Azure tooling and open-source options that individual organizations can utilize during investigative scenarios.

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