Three tips for improving your Secure Score
Two in five businesses report having cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Of these, one in five (21% and 18%) end up losing money, data or other assets.
If you’re one of the 180 million Microsoft 365 users, then there’s a tool waiting for you to utilise to secure your account and your business. This is your Secure Score. If you’re not familiar with it yet, now’s the time to check out our Beginners guide to the Microsoft 365 Secure Score.
To help you kickstart your journey we’ve outlined three of the most common Secure Score recommendations our customers came across when trying to improve their score.
1. Enabling MFA is as easy as 123
If you don’t know what Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is, then you best start familiarising yourself with it. To put it simply, MFA adds multiple layers to your users – making it more difficult for attackers to access your data. Passwords are no longer enough to keep external hackers out. The additional identity check that MFA enables, is the first step in your journey to improving your Secure Score.
2. Protect your devices
It sounds simple but with more people working from home, it can be tricky to manage devices. Shockingly, less than a quarter of businesses (23%) have a cybersecurity policy covering home working. So what can you do to protect your data if employees are using different or personal devices?
Make the most of Microsoft Intune, a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). Within Intune, you have the ability to control how your organisation’s devices are used and can configure policies to control applications that employees have access to. Using Intune will enable employees to use their personal devices whilst keeping your business data protected by isolating business data from personal data.
A step that often gets overlooked is making sure employees have passwords on their mobile devices, that way you can prevent someone from gaining physical access to its data. If an employee were to lose their device and a stranger was to find it, they will have difficulty trying to unlock it – the password and encryption add a layer of authentication, helping protect your business’s critical data.
3. Restrict those not worthy (…of global administrator rights)
The more admin users you have, the more options hackers will have to get in and access your data. By reducing the number of admin users you have, the less risk you’re creating for your company. The first step to having your administrator roles set up correctly is reviewing who already has an administrator role and revoking access for those who don’t need it or have left the business.
These are just some of the first steps you can take to start improving your Secure Score. But you shouldn’t stop there. Staying secure is a continuous task. The moment you stand still, you fall behind – putting your business at risk.
Secure score workshops
Start improving your security with our exclusive one-on-one Secure Score workshop. In these sessions our experts will take a deep dive into your Secure Score and analyse your Microsoft 365 and Azure security. Take a look at what it involves and register your spot.
Microsoft 365 Secure Score Webinars
We’ve hosted a range of webinars around the Microsoft 365 Secure Score. If you’re looking to discover a thing or two about improving your Secure Score, download a copy of the relevant webinar below.
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