Recently, we had our first group of students attend the newly released MS-500 Microsoft 365 Security Administration course. The students provided some good feedback regarding their thoughts on this new “role-based” training, so I thought I’d share that information with you!
First, understand Microsoft’s thoughts on this course. Microsoft has geared this course towards the “security administrator role”. This would include admins who proactively secure their Microsoft 365 environments by implementing, managing and monitoring security and compliance solutions, responding to threats, incidents, investigations and enforcement of data governance, while ensuring their solutions comply with the policies and regulations of the organization. The Microsoft 365 security administrator is familiar with the workloads of 365 and has strong skills and experience with identity protection, information protection, threat protections, security management and data governance.
All of the students in this first class were fairly proficient in the identity management, security and compliance areas of Microsoft Azure and Office 365. They each stated that although they were familiar with many of the topics covered in the course, it was still a nice review in some areas, and a good opportunity to further investigate other areas and new topics in which they didn’t have quite so much experience. As one student stated, “it really helped to verify that I know what I know and I’m doing those things correctly, and also find areas that I need to know better.”
While this course does contain some hands-on lab exercises, it is not near as “lab intensive” as the traditional Microsoft courses tend to be. This allows students to still get some valuable hands-on experience, but also provides them with the ability and information to further investigate those topics that may interest them specifically.
Most of the students in this class were also focused on obtaining the new certification that maps to this course (Exam MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administration). While this course is not designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for passing the test, it does certainly provide you with information that focuses on the content of the exam. As I mentioned to the students, this won’t be the only resource you’ll want to use when studying for this exam (nothing beats good old experience itself!), but it certainly is a great place to start figuring out where you need to focus your studies, and to get the necessary resources to continue doing so.
So, whether you are a seasoned administrator looking to confirm or polish your skills and/or prepare for an exam, or an admin who is fairly new to the world of identity management, security and compliance in Microsoft Azure and/or Office 365 and wanting to get some resources to help you advance your skills and maybe eventually go through the certification process, I think this course has some very valuable lessons to offer.
For more information and to see our upcoming schedule, please check out the following links:
MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Track
We’d love to have you attend a class in person or virtually using our Virtual Training platform to help you save travel costs. And in case you didn’t know, however you choose to attend these courses, you will also receive a FREE Pearson Vue Certification exam voucher to get you moving down the road to certification!
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding courses scheduled at LRS Education Services, please call 877.832.0688 ext: 1493 or email us at getsmart@LRS.com.
Penny Morgan, MCT, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCP
LRS Education Services