2.3 Ensure 'External sharing' of calendars is not available

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External calendar sharing allows an administrator to enable the ability for users to share calendars with anyone outside of the organization. Outside users will be sent a URL that can be used to view the calendar.


Attackers often spend time learning about organizations before launching an attack. Publicly available calendars can help attackers understand organizational relationships and determine when specific users may be more vulnerable to an attack, such as when they are traveling.


This functionality is not widely used. As a result, it is unlikely that implementation of this setting will cause an impact to most users. Users that do utilize this functionality are likely to experience a minor inconvenience when scheduling meetings or synchronizing calendars with people outside the tenant.

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To disable calendar details sharing with external users:

Navigate to Microsoft 365 admin center https://admin.microsoft.com.

Click to expand Settings select Org settings.

In the Services section click Calendar.

Uncheck Let your users share their calendars with people outside of your organization who have Office 365 or Exchange.

Click Save.

To disable calendar details sharing with external users policy, use the Exchange Online PowerShell Module:

Connect to Exchange Online using Connect-ExchangeOnline.

Run the following Exchange Online PowerShell command:

Set-SharingPolicy -Identity 'Name of the policy' -Enabled $False

Default Value:


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