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CISA Releases Microsoft 365 Security Configurations Baseline Recommendations

Updated on 2022-10-26

The CISA has reportedly sought out public comments on security configuration baselines for eight Microsoft products, as part of its Securing Cloud Business Applications (SCUBA) project. Read more: CISA Seeks Feedback on Baseline Measures to Secure Cloud Configuration


The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released security configuration baseline recommendations for Microsoft 365 cloud services. The recommendations are part of CISA’s Secure Cloud Business Application (SCuBA) project, which was launched in April of this year. CISA is accepting public comment on the recommendations through November 24.


  • The Center for Internet Security has published and widely used consensus configuration benchmarks for Office 365 and many other cloud services. Full list at
  • The SCuBA project’s initial scope is Microsoft 365 and Google Web Services and an automated tool to perform assessments. Over time they expect to grow to other environments. They are basing their reference model on many existing directives including CISA cloud security guidance (CDM, Zero Trust, Cloud Security TRA), Federal cloud security guidance (FedRAMP, OMB Zero Trust M-22-09, OMB logging (M-21-31) and Federal ICAM architecture. All in all giving an overview of how all these fit together to not only aid security but also aid in incident response. Two risks – having visibility to the data needed, such as CDM and your cloud service providing needed/timely log data to your SIEM. Even so, if you’re in the federal space, review the document and provide feedback to [email protected].


Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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