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After passing the Microsoft Azure Solutions Expert exam, as well as the Azure Developer Associate exam, the Microsoft Azure Administrator certification, and the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. As I started taking the shift towards information security, I decided to sit for the Microsoft Azure Security Engineer exam.
I am so happy and grateful now that I passed the AZ-500 Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate. I figured that I would share my experience in this post to help you prepare and tackle this exam successfully.
In this exam, I got around 41 questions in total with 1 case study, and the total time for this exam is 180 minutes. The questions do pretty much match the list of skills measured below.
Exam Target Audience
The Azure Security Engineer implements security controls, maintains the security posture, and finds and remediates vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools. Responsibilities include helping protect data, applications, and networks; managing identity and access; implementing threat protection; and responding to security incident escalations. The Azure Security Engineer often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to cloud-based management and security. The Azure Security Engineer might also help secure hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.
The Azure Security Engineer should have strong skills in scripting and automation; a deep understanding of networking, virtualization, and cloud n-tier architecture; and a strong familiarity with cloud capabilities in general and Microsoft Azure products and services in particular. The Azure Security Engineer should also be familiar with other Microsoft products and services.
The Azure Security Engineer role doesn’t focus on helping secure Microsoft 365 and remains separate from the M365 Security and Compliance Administrator role.
Skills measured on this exam
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft:
Manage identity and access (20-25%)
- Understand the Zero Trust Model.
- Configure Microsoft Azure Active Directory for workloads.
- Configure Microsoft Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.
- Configure Microsoft Azure tenant security.
Implement platform protection (35-40%)
- Implement network security.
- Implement host security.
- Configure container security.
- Implement Microsoft Azure Resource management security.
Manage security operations (15-20%)
- Configure security services.
- Configure security policies.
- Manage security alerts.
Secure data and applications (30-35%)
- Configure security policies to manage data.
- Configure security for data infrastructure.
- Configure encryption for data at rest.
- Implement security for application delivery.
- Configure application security.
- Configure and manage Key Vault.
Lessons Learned and Exam Preparation
Practice, practice and read… I cannot stress enough that hands-on experience and understanding all the security concepts will help you to pass this exam. The key success to pass this exam is to work with Microsoft Azure on daily basis, and especially cloud governance and security. You can create your free Azure account today and start practicing the latest and greatest security features.
I usually use Microsoft Azure Security Documentation which is a great resource to learn, and I use Microsoft Learn the new learning approach to explore more advanced Azure security topics, which I highly recommend to check it out.
You can watch the free Azure Security Expert Series videos provided by Microsoft to get you prepared. Pluralsight also offers a great learning path for the Microsoft Azure Security Engineer preparation, you can check it out here.
You can also go through the following free Azure Security AZ-500 course from Microsoft to get prepared for this exam:
I also recommend the comprehensive course on Azure Cloud Security on udemy to learn how to implement security controls across the board.
Additionally, Skillmeup.com offered a great path for AZ-500 Exam preparation, and Skylinesacademy.com just released the AZ-500 course at a low cost, I highly recommend to check them out.
Last but not least, if you prefer an instructor led training, you can find classroom from Microsoft Learning Partners here.
If you are planning to take this exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!
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