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Certifications for Windows Security Administration

This post lists some professional certifications for administration of Windows operating systems.

List of certifications for Windows administration:

  • Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst
  • GIAC’s GCWN
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administration Associate

List of certifications for Windows Security

Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst

Certification is “Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst”.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/security-operations-analyst/

Exam related to this certification is SC-200 “Mitigate threats using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint”.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/sc-200-mitigate-threats-using-microsoft-defender-for-endpoint/

 

GIAC’s GCWN

GIAC Certified WiNdows Security Administrator (GCWN) is a certification issued by GIAC.

https://www.giac.org/certifications/certified-windows-security-administrator-gcwn/

Related SANS training to GCWN is SEC505 “Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation”. It is a 6-day training.

 

Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate

I think that it is more focused in Microsoft 365 / Azure rather than Windows.

Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate is a certification issued by Microsoft.

There are four levels in Microsoft certifications:

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Associate
  3. Expert
  4. Specialist

In order to become a Security Admin. Asociate, you need to pass the exam MS-500.

As of 2021, MS-500 exam fee is $165.

More info about the certification on this link.

More info about the exam MS-500 on this link.

Microsoft offers an online free learning path for MS-500 consisting of 4 parts.

There is also the instructor-led tranining course MS-500T00-A ”Microsoft 365 Security Administration”. It lasts 4 days, sometimes 5 days.

You can find a list of Microsoft’s training partners on this link.

 

Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate

I think this is the least related to Security.

Certification is Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate.

There are two exams linked to this certification:

  • Exam MD-100 ”Windows 10 Protection”.
  • Exam MD-101 ”Managing Modern Desktops”.

1-day course.

 

List of courses for Windows Security

MD-100T03 “Protecting Windows 10″ by Microsoft

It is related to exam MD-100 “Windows 10″.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/courses/md-100t03

Learning Path “Manage security with Microsoft 365″ by Microsoft

Free.

This learning path includes module “Secure Windows 10 endpoints“.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/m365-security-management/

 

Learning Path “Microsoft 365 – Modernize your enterprise deployment with Windows devices and Microsoft 365 Apps” by Microsoft

Free.

This learning path includes module “Update your security and compliance configuration – Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps“.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/m365-getmodern/

 

Course “Windows 10 Host Security” by Infosec Institute

Windows 10 Host Security by Infosec Institute.

You need an annual subscription to Infosec Institute courses.

https://www.infosecinstitute.com/skills/learning-paths/windows-10-host-security/

 

Course “Windows 10 Security Features” by Udemy

https://www.udemy.com/course/windows-10-security-features/

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I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.

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