BMN Blog

NOV 13

Many practices are currently leveraging Microsoft Office 365 for e-mail, file storage, and internal collaboration. Unsurprisingly, the number of threats targeting this information (phishing attacks, compromised credentials, etc.) continues to grow at a rapid rate. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a way to measure the current state of security inside an organization's Microsoft cloud environment, as well as providing specific recommendations for ways to improve and increase the levels of protection configured and assigned to critical data within Office 365.

The Microsoft Secure Score measures the level of security within Office 365, while also providing recommendations for actions that can be taken to improve security and protect against unauthorized access. Some easy ways an organization can improve their Secure Score include:

  • Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 users
  • Reducing the number of accounts that have Administrator privileges
  • Enabling Mobile Device Encryption and Mobile Device Passwords

For any practice that has decided to use Microsoft Office 365 as a key technology platform, assessing and managing the security risk of this technology becomes very important. The Microsoft Secure Score can be accessed by visiting securescore.microsoft.com.

Nic Cofield is the Director of Client Services for Jackson Thornton Technologies.

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