Microsoft Secure Score gets new assessment features

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Those of you that own a company or are part of one knows the importance of having good security features, especially when it comes to digital data. Of course, in an everchanging world, it becomes hard to asses your current standing, and that is why standards are a requirement.

That is why the Microsoft Secure Score was created since a measurement of an organization‘s security posture was needed.

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This centralized dashboard in the Microsoft 365 security center helps organizations monitor and work on the security of their Microsoft 365 identities, data, apps, devices, and infrastructure.

Obviously, this changes as time passes by, and it seems that the Microsoft Secure Score is getting yet again a new set of changes.

In an official post on Microsoft’s forums, new updates were announced for the public preview of the Microsoft Secure Score.

The most important changes that were brought to light were tools that would allow security administrators to:

  • Better assess their organizations current security posture
  • Plan, implement and monitor posture improvements
  • Drive meaningful status and planning discussions with leadership

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Your score display will be easier to understand

One of the most noticeable changes that users will find in the public preview is the way the program displays the score.

Instead of going for an overcomplicated example where your score would be the current points scored over the total points you could achieve (i.e. 317/699), they changed it into a percentage display.

Additionally, the point scale for Improvement Actions was also simplified, as it now varies from 1 to 10 instead of 1 to 50.

Your currents standing among other companies will be more accurate

Another neat change is the way you can use the Microsoft Secure Score to compare your score to other companies. In the public preview, you will now be able to compare yourself to companies that are actually doing the same type of work, act in the same region, etc.

Microsoft Secure Score will guide you better towards your goalsecure score 2

HUD changes such as element resizing and new tabs will also be part of it. These will help customers get a better view of what they need to do in order to achieve a higher status score. More so, the program will guide you better through hints and advice.

Another focus of the public preview is a focus on monitoring activity history so that each step can be better gauged for future references.

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Improvements and whether they are worth it or not will become easier to analyze. This is because the UI will now also display a projected outcome of any plan you may take into action.

Basically, you can preview the outcome of any action you take to better plan your actions.

All in all, the public preview is a great simplification of the Microsoft Secure Score system. It does this without sacrificing any of its efficiency, to the point where now it seems like it is a must-have for any company that takes itself seriously.

What’s your take on these major changes to the  Microsoft Secure Score? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk.

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