MS-500 Exam and Certification

The exam objectives for MS-500 have just had a minor update, so it’s time for an update to the objectives, as well as cleaning up a few links. You will notice that the threat protection branding hasn’t been updated to reflect the Defender rebranding, which means that the articles being linked to won’t always match the wording in the objectives.

Is the older branding usage a problem? Not really, I’d argue that it makes sense for their to be a bit of a delay in changing exam descriptions just because a product’s branding has changed. The reality is that those who are preparing for the exam should be aware of the changes, so it doesn’t really matter one way or the other. For those who are primarily learning about the technologies in order to sit the exam, having the older branding being referred to consistently can help get through the exam and then deal with coming to terms with the branding changes.

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

Implement Azure Sentinel for Microsoft 365

Implement and manage information protection (15-20%)

Secure data access within Office 365

Manage Azure information Protection (AIP)

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

Good luck in your exam preparation, and don’t forget to let me know if you hit any dead links. I’ve cleaned up a few already, but I’m sure there are some that will change over time.