CISA Releases Microsoft 365 Secure Configuration Baselines and SCuBAGear Tool

Microsoft releases scubagear

Bar Refael

January 9, 2024

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the finalized Microsoft 365 Secure Configuration Baselines. This important development is aimed at enhancing the security and resilience of organizations using Microsoft 365 (M365) cloud services. Complementing this release is the updated SCuBAGear tool, designed to help organizations assess their M365 cloud services against CISA’s recommended baselines.

Microsoft 365 Secure Configuration Baselines:

  • Objective: To provide organizations with comprehensive guidelines for securely configuring their M365 environments.
  • Contents: The baselines cover a range of configurations for various M365 services, focusing on best practices in areas like identity and access management, data protection, and threat prevention.

SCuBAGear Tool:

  • Functionality: SCuBAGear is an assessment tool that evaluates the alignment of an organization’s M365 configurations with CISA’s security baselines.
  • Enhancements: The tool now features increased automation, streamlining the assessment process and reducing the effort required by organizations.

Development and Feedback Integration:

  • Stakeholder Input: The final release incorporates feedback gathered during a public comment period and a pilot program with federal agencies.
  • Improvements: Changes based on this feedback have been integrated, enhancing the effectiveness and usability of both the baselines and the SCuBAGear tool.

Recommendations for Organizations:

  • Baseline Review and Implementation: Carefully review the Microsoft 365 Secure Configuration Baselines and implement the recommended configurations for enhanced security.
  • Use of SCuBAGear Tool: Employ the SCuBAGear tool to assess and align your organization’s M365 configurations with CISA’s guidelines.
  • Stay Informed: Follow updates on CISA’s blog and reach out to CISA’s Cybersecurity Shared Services Office for further support and guidance.

The release of the Microsoft 365 Secure Configuration Baselines and the SCuBAGear tool represents a crucial step in supporting organizations to strengthen their M365 cloud service security. Adhering to these guidelines and utilizing the assessment tool can significantly improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture in the cloud.

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