Organizational Security is only as strong as it's Microsoft Security Score

By Ryan Klund - Business Development Associate

A free security tool that some small business leaders might not even know they have at their disposal is Microsoft Secure Score, a free measurement of an organization’s security posture. This tool, available for administrators in Azure Active Directory, Office 365, or Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, offers a gamified way to keep track of reports, recommendations and benchmarks for the security of any business.

Here’s how Microsoft Secure Score works:

Points are given to an organization for completing security-related tasks, implementing security features, and addressing recommended actions by Microsoft to improve security. Points are updated as tasks are completed, and security is improved.

Here is how Microsoft Secure Score can help:

Learn how secure you are:

Microsoft Secure Score generates a dashboard with graphs and easy-to-consume metrics for understanding the state of your security posture. Administrators are given a denominator, or a current score out of a possible maximum score, representing the maturity of your organization’s security.

Learn how you stack up:

Also, Microsoft gives some benchmarks for you to measure maturity based on other organizations like yours. The benchmarks are set based on other similar seat sizes across the entire service. Microsoft has also said benchmarks are coming for comparison across industry.

Gives you ways to improve.

Lastly Microsoft lists recommended actions for you to take, either immediately or down the road, to improve your posture. Microsoft calls this the Target Score, showing where your score could be if you make the recommended improvements.

We hope this guide helps you understand what Microsoft Secure Score is, and how it can be utilized to improve security at your organization.

SWICKtech can help you understand your score and how it can be improved in a quick and free 5-minute consultation.

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