Study Guide Series – Exam MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administration

Microsoft certification is a great way to validate your skills in a particular area. With many organizations seeking official certification as a prerequisite for a particular role, it’s a fantastic time to dive into the certification paths Microsoft have available. For experienced Microsoft 365 Administrators, the MS-500 exam (Microsoft 365 Security Administration) is a fantastic path to take to bring your experience to the next level. It is also the only required exam for the Microsoft 365 Certified Security Administrator Associate certification.

Over the next few weeks, I will be uploading a series of blog posts where I will dive into the exam blueprint, focusing on the relevant topics and going through some of the things you will need to know to prepare for this exam.

Exam Blueprint

The Official Microsoft Exam Skills Outline for the MS-500 exam is available on the Microsoft Certification site. The breakdown of the exam is listed below (as of December 2020). In the coming weeks, I will update the below list with links to the relevant posts and by the end, you should be able to follow the study guide from this page.

It’s important to note that I have no insider information on the exam questions or structure so I will interpret and explain the topics as I best I can. There may be things that I don’t address specifically that will appear on the exam.

Finally, I will be providing examples from my lab environment, it will help massively to follow along in your own environment if possible.

Implement and manage identity and access (30-35%)

Secure Microsoft 365 hybrid environments

Secure Identities

Implement authentication methods

Implement conditional access

Implement role-based access control (RBAC)

Implement Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM)

Implement Azure AD Identity Protection

Implement and manage threat protection (20-25%)

Implement an enterprise hybrid threat protection solution

Implement device threat protection

Implement and manage device and application protection

Implement and manage Office 365 ATP

Monitor Microsoft 365 Security with Azure Sentinel

Implement and manage information protection (15-20%)

Secure data access within Office 365

Manage sensitivity labels

Manage Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Implement and manage Microsoft Cloud App Security

Manage governance and compliance features in Microsoft 365 (25-
30%)

Configure and analyze security reporting

Manage and analyze audit logs and reports

Manage data governance and retention

Manage search and investigation

Manage data privacy regulation compliance

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