Key Security Certifications from Microsoft for a prospective career in Cybersecurity 

The ongoing digital wave significantly virtual work scenario has raised the demand for certified cybersecurity professionals. Taking a cue from this, Microsoft has put forth a series of security certifications that could enable more prospective IT professionals to choose or switch over to security and compliance.

The four new security certifications in Microsoft’s portfolio are:

  • Exam SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
  • Exam SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
  • Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator
  • Exam SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator

All these certifications have been recently updated in the past two months. Let us get a brief overview of the topics covered and the audience profile, along with the requisite skillsets,

Exam SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals

As the name suggests, it is the first in the series of certifications that offers basic knowledge and fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity across cloud-based and related Microsoft services to those interested in becoming data security professionals and experts.

The SC-900 exam – Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals” certification is the stepping stone for those who wish to acquaint themselves with security and compliance fundamentals across the relevant Microsoft and cloud services. 

This certification is suitable for a business user or a student keen to become a security engineer. Microsoft explains that familiarity with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 to understand their security, compliance, and identity solutions and how to use them to offer comprehensive solutions.

Candidates suitable for this certification are new or existing IT professionals, business stakeholders, and students interested in making a career in cyber security. Hence, the inclusion is relatively broad for this certification.  

Topics covered include:

  • Concepts of security, compliance, and identity
  • Capabilities of Microsoft identity and access management solutions
  • Capabilities of Microsoft security solutions
  • Capabilities of Microsoft compliance solutions

Exam SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst

The SC-200 is an associate-level exam that judges the knowledge and capabilities of using Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel to mitigate threats. 

The candidates will be dealing with several technical challenges and tasks that involve the three most critical Azure Defender, Azure Sentinel, and Microsoft 365 Defender.

Before appearing for the exam, it would be ideal for the candidates to know, understand, and explore them in detail. The more they are acquainted with these three services, they will be in a better position to secure the infrastructure and assets of the organization. 

Microsoft suggests that this exam is ideal for a Security Operations Analyst who acquires information technology systems and the organization’s stakeholders and security engineer administrator and security operations analyst. 

The Microsoft Security Operations Analyst collaborates with organizational stakeholders to secure information technology systems to reduce risk by having remedial measures to the attacks in the environment. 

Their goal is to reduce organizational risk by rapidly remediating active attacks in the environment, offering sound advice on how to improvise the threat protection measures, and highlighting the violations of the organizational policies to their respective stakeholders. 

The certified security analyst will use Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Azure Defender, Microsoft 365 Defender, and third-party security products to manage threats, monitor, and respond using the most suitable security solution across their platform. The security analyst is also responsible for the configuration and deployment of security technologies. 

The candidates will earn the “Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate” certification by passing the SC 200 exam. If they wish to advance in their career, it is a must-have for security engineer administrators and security operations analysts. 

Topics covered include:

  • Mitigating threats using Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Mitigating threats using Azure Defender
  • Mitigating threats using Azure Sentinel

Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

The SC-300 is yet another associate-level exam that tests the candidate’s ability to undertake and complete technical jobs such as implementation of identity management solution, authentication and access management solution, access management for apps, and plan and implement an identity governance strategy, and so on. 

Microsoft suggests this exam is ideal for an Identity and Access Administrator whose task is to set up an organization’s identity and access management systems, including designing, implementing, and operating based on Azure AD. The candidate should be able to provide secure authentication to enterprise applications along with authorization access. Also, the administrator must ensure that the users can seamlessly navigate and manage their capabilities. 

Key elements in this role are adaptive access and governance, along with monitoring, reporting, and troubleshooting the identity and access environment. The individual in this profile must be brilliant and astute as its deliveries include spearheading strategic identity projects to modernize identity solutions, implement hybrid identity solutions, and identity governance. This profile can be handled by either a single person or a team.

Candidates who successfully pass the SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator exam will receive the “Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate” certification. 

Candidates suitable for this exam include security engineers and identity and access administrators in their current profile. In addition, they should be familiar with Azure Active Directory, multifactor authentication, access management, and identity governance, which make up the core elements of identity and access business roles and security of policy of any organization. 

Topics covered include:

  • Implementing an identity management solution
  • Implementing an authentication and access management solution
  • Implementing access management for apps
  • Planning and implementing an identity governance strategy

Exam SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator

The SC-400 associate-level exam judges the candidate’s ability to perform and deliver critical tasks such as implementing information protection, data loss prevention, and data loss prevention.

As per Microsoft, this profile of an Information Protection Administrator includes planning and implementing the compliance requirements of an organization. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for fulfilling the compliance controls and requirements technically across the entire organization. This profile includes working in cohesion with several departments such as human resources, legal stakeholders, business application owners, information technology (IT) personnel, and so on, along with security and compliant officers. 

“Microsoft Certified: Information Protection Administrator Associate” certification will be available to those who complete the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator exam. 

This exam is suitable for candidates who are security engineers, administrators, information protection administrators, and risk practitioners. The SC- 400 evaluates knowledge and skill required to provide utmost protection and security to company information, especially leakproof storage of sensitive information and data against theft, intentional loss, and even accidental loss.

Topics covered include:

  • Implementing information protection
  • Implementing data loss prevention
  • Implementing information governance

As mentioned earlier, the right approach to a successful security profile is, to begin with, SC 900 certification, which contains exhaustive information on fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity followed by the remaining three exams viz. SC-200, SC-300, and SC-500. These exams and certifications cover the core and most critical security and compliance aspects, an important requisite for every organization. 

Synergetics Learning offers valuable training and educational resources to existing security professionals and fresh candidates who wish to make a career in security and compliance in today’s world of emerging technology. 

Synergetics has a special ongoing offer on “Microsoft Security” certifications. To know more you can visit our site or refer to the details given below:

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