One of the most dramatic areas of technical growth today is the field of cybersecurity. According to Pearson VUE’s The Value of IT Certification, the growth forecast for the cybersecurity specialty in 2021–2022 is 405 percent. It’s no wonder that 67 percent of survey respondents said they were interested in cybersecurity training and certification.
Explore free learning paths and modules to deepen your security training
Learn for free with interactive self-paced learning featuring various aspects of Microsoft security technologies. Explore these training options to master the fundamentals, deepen your technical proficiency, or start preparing for Microsoft Certification exams.
In response to the recent Executive Order on Cybersecurity, Microsoft Learn offers resources and training designed to help government learners modernize and improve the nation’s cybersecurity. In addition to highlighting specific resources available to help agencies meet key milestones in the Executive Order, you can also explore a variety of learning paths, including:
Learn about cybersecurity with a Microsoft Learning Partner
If you prefer in-depth structured learning with personal attention and you want support from technical subject matter experts, a Microsoft Learning Partner is ready to help. To get started, take a look at Find a Learning Partner.
Courses and workshops for designed for security professionals who protect their organizations against cyberattacks include:
Attend free Microsoft Virtual Training Days on security
Learn with us at free Security Virtual Training Days, which Microsoft hosts around the world to help you gain the technical skills and knowledge that you need to work securely. Regardless of your skill level, you can go to Microsoft Virtual Training Days for upcoming security training options.
Earn security certifications
Learn and earn an industry-endorsed Microsoft Certification by passing an exam that validates your skills and experience. Having a certification can distinguish you from your colleagues. The Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers.
If you want to get started with security, explore our fundamentals certification, Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (take Exam SC-900).
If you’re a security operations analyst who collaborates with stakeholders to secure IT systems for your organization, consider earning the Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate certification (take Exam SC-200). People in this role investigate, respond to, and hunt for threats using Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Azure Defender, Microsoft 365 Defender, and third-party security products.
If you’re a security engineer or an administrator with experience designing, implementing, and operating your organization’s identity and access systems by using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), check out the Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate certification (take Exam SC-300). Professionals in this role collaborate with others across the organization to drive strategic identity projects to modernize identity solutions, implement hybrid identity solutions, and implement identity governance.
If you’re an administrator, security engineer, or risk practitioner who has experience planning and implementing controls that meet an organization’s compliance needs, the Microsoft Certified: Information Protection Administrator Associate (take Exam SC-400) certification could be a great fit for you. Information protection administrators are responsible for creating policies and rules for content classification, data loss prevention, governance, and protection.
To learn more about cybersecurity careers, check out our blog post, Cybersecurity skills and certifications open doors to the next hot jobs for recent grads.
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Explore Microsoft Security education resources
Microsoft Security offers a wealth of content and resources designed to help organizations #BeCyberSmart and learn how to keep data, systems, and more safe—both at work and at home.