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1/25/2021
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How to Better Secure Your Microsoft 365 Environment

Security experts offer Microsoft 365 security guidance as more attackers target enterprise cloud environments.
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Review Security Default Settings 
Businesses must take time to review default configurations and determine whether they meet their security needs, says Patrick Hevesi, vice president and analyst with Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Oftentimes they may need to adjust the default settings. 
'It's about reviewing the default, does it make sense to your organization, and then coming up with whatever posture management you need to have,' he says. Over time, they will need to continue checking the settings to ensure their security posture suits the business needs.
Cloud security misconfigurations are among the most prominent cloud security issues seen since the COVID-19 pandemic started and cloud adoption escalated, says Chris Hass, director of information security and research at Automox.
'Rushing into any technology often opens your organization up to potential security issues,' he says. 'It's crucial that organizations do their due diligence in evaluating cloud adoption and that their security teams are involved from the very beginning.' It's much easier to build around security controls already in place, he adds, than to fit them in later.  
Microsoft advises sticking as close to the default settings as the environment allows; however, it's worth noting the defaults aren't right for everyone. If a business uses Conditional Access to make decisions and enforce business-wide policies, or uses Azure Active Directory Premium licenses, default settings are likely not the best choice. If an organization has complex security requirements, they should consider Conditional Access (more details on this later on).
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Review Security Default Settings

Businesses must take time to review default configurations and determine whether they meet their security needs, says Patrick Hevesi, vice president and analyst with Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Oftentimes they may need to adjust the default settings.

"It's about reviewing the default, does it make sense to your organization, and then coming up with whatever posture management you need to have," he says. Over time, they will need to continue checking the settings to ensure their security posture suits the business needs.

Cloud security misconfigurations are among the most prominent cloud security issues seen since the COVID-19 pandemic started and cloud adoption escalated, says Chris Hass, director of information security and research at Automox.

"Rushing into any technology often opens your organization up to potential security issues," he says. "It's crucial that organizations do their due diligence in evaluating cloud adoption and that their security teams are involved from the very beginning." It's much easier to build around security controls already in place, he adds, than to fit them in later.

Microsoft advises sticking as close to the default settings as the environment allows; however, it's worth noting the defaults aren't right for everyone. If a business uses Conditional Access to make decisions and enforce business-wide policies, or uses Azure Active Directory Premium licenses, default settings are likely not the best choice. If an organization has complex security requirements, they should consider Conditional Access (more details on this later on).

(Image: 5second -- stock.adobe.com)

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1/27/2021 | 3:13:55 PM
Apt!
Agreed -- the importance of cloud security cannot be overstated, now more so than ever! 
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mspportal,
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1/25/2021 | 10:56:58 AM
Good Job Kelly
Your are correct folks need a middle man product to scan mail first

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