There's your credit score, and then there's another significant number you should know: your Microsoft Secure Score.
Even as we inch our way out of the coronavirus pandemic—and its heavy use of online and virtual platforms—cyberattacks remain a constant threat. Attorneys, in particular, have to be mindful of data security because they are responsible for their client's confidential information. But even when you think your firm's devices are protected, a hacker can find his way through, and it could be compromised.
That's where the Microsoft Secure Score comes in. It's a free tool available for anyone using Microsoft 365 that will review your organization's digital security. Sure, you could hire a third party to perform a vulnerability assessment for you, but why not see it firsthand? Microsoft Secure Score will allow you to get an inside look at your security situation.
You are wondering how it works? Like a video game, it awards your organization points based on particular actions like configuring security features, improving your online applications, or performing security tasks. The more items you check off the list, the higher your score. And the higher the score, the better.
You can also compare your Microsoft Secure Score over time or see how you rank with other law firms and companies. There's an easy-to-use dashboard in the Microsoft 365 security center that shows a graphic of how well you're doing. And it's helpful to see as you work to improve your score and (hopefully) become more secure than your competitors!
But if you don't get ahead of them, don't be discouraged. Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Attorney at Work suggest law firms strive for a Secure Score in the 60-80% range. However, in their article, they say a score under 50% is average, especially if other organizations are in that range, too. Check your dashboard often to find actionable ways to improve. There will be recommendations at the top with percentages next to them. That way, you can see how they'll impact your Microsoft Secure Score.
No time to monitor your score? Nelson and Simek suggest having your IT professional review the service periodically and make an improvement strategy. Doing so will likely help secure your confidential data and create security even more robust for your law firm.
To learn more about Microsoft Secure Score, click here.
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