News

Microsoft Secure Score Hits General Availability

Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of the Microsoft Secure Score service within the Microsoft 365 Security Center portal.

This marks the commercial release of the "new" Microsoft Secure Score, a product that has long since evolved from an older Office 365 Secure Score product, which had just monitored Office 365 solutions. The new Microsoft Secure Score monitors both Microsoft 365 and Azure workloads.

Microsoft Secure Score shows an organization's overall security score relative to similar organizations. Scores are given for identity, data, devices, apps and infrastructure. Scores can be viewed in graph form over time, demonstrating improvement or a drift from goals. Organizations can see the amount of security tasks that are yet to be addressed. The service recommends "Improvement Actions" to take to improve organizations' security postures.

Back in February, during the preview of the new Microsoft Secure Score, Microsoft had promised support for Azure Active Directory, Cloud App Security and Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection. The Monday announcement admitted that some of Microsoft's products and services are not yet fully aligned with Secure Score. For instance the Identity Secure Score still needs some alignment.

Microsoft also tightened some of its criteria for generating Improvement Actions. An Improvement Action now must reduce risk and must be measurable through automation. Microsoft temporarily removes those Improvement Actions that don't meet the new criteria.  

Microsoft also claimed that Microsoft Secure Score can be helpful for organizations with remote workers and devices that may not be in compliance. This view, which also seems to depend using on the Microsoft 365 Advanced Threat Protection service, is outlined in this Microsoft Mechanics video.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

Featured

  • Touting Azure for Operators, Microsoft Joins SDN Standards Group

    As part of its Azure for Operators program, Microsoft this week joined a nonprofit standards association that focuses on SDN technologies used by enterprises and service providers.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Pilot Begins of Microsoft Teams-Salesforce CRM Integration

    A new capability that lets Microsoft Teams users access information from the Salesforce.com customer relationship management (CRM) platform debuted this week.

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.