Microsoft Office 365 Security Review


User account

User account with ‘Global Reader’ permissions

Guidance document

The Microsoft Technical Guide PDF can be found here.

Connecting to the tenancy via PowerShell

Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
Install-Module -Name MSOnline
Install-Module -Name AzureADPreview
Install-Module -Name ExchangeOnlineManagement
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell
Install-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams
Connect-MsolService -Credential $M365credentials
Connect-AzureAD -Credential $M365credentials
Get-MsolCompanyInformation ( Checking its working)
Connect-ExchangeOnline -Credential $M365credentials
Connect-IPPSSession -Credential $M365Credentials
$orgName = “upstarttech”
Connect-SPOService -Url “https://$” -Credential
Connect-MicrosoftTeams -Credential $M365credentials

Review Guidance

The following supporting material provides additional information relating to the associated finding. This section reviews an example's O365 security settings against the technical guide “Office 365 UK Blueprint - Secure Configuration Alignment – Prepared for UK Government, 4/9/2021, Version 2 Final”, comparing with xxxxxx configuration.


Verify that Microsoft 365 Audit logging is enabled

When audit log search in the compliance centre is turned on, user and admin activity from your organisation is recorded in the audit log and retained for 90 days, and up to one year depending on the license assigned to users.
Get-AdminAuditLogConfig | FL UnifiedAuditLogIngestionEnabled
A value of True for the UnifiedAuditLogIngestionEnabled property indicates that auditing is turned on. A value of False indicates that auditing is not turned on.

Enable mailbox auditing for all users

Certain actions performed by mailbox owners, delegates, and admins are automatically logged, and the corresponding mailbox audit records will be available when you search for them in the mailbox audit log.
Get-OrganizationConfig | Format-List AuditDisabled
A value of False indicates that mailbox auditing on by default is enabled for your organisation.

Use of Microsoft Secure Score service

Regularly reviewing Secure Score allows organisations to monitor for changes to their security posture and re-evaluate as new controls are made available. Microsoft Secure Score is a measurement of an organisation’s security posture, with a higher number indicating more improvement actions taken

Implement Cloud authentication model for Office 365

Azure Active Directory benefits from an extensive monitoring and security infrastructure. Using machine learning and human intelligence that looks across worldwide traffic can rapidly detect attacks and allow you to reconfigure in near-real-time. With this being considered it is recommended that Azure AD password hash synchronization is deployed as the authentication method for Office 365 services.
Configure Azure Active Directory User consent for applications to Do not allow user consent.
Azure Active Directory > Enterprise applications > Consent and permissions > User consent settings.