During Microsoft Ignite in November 2021, Azure Security Center and Azure Defender are now called Microsoft Defender for Cloud. They’ve also renamed Azure Defender plans to Microsoft Defender plans. For example, Azure Defender for Storage is now Microsoft Defender for Storage.
In this article, I will share with you how to prepare and pass the Microsoft Defender for Cloud (formerly known as Azure Security Center) Ninja Training.
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Azure Security Center gives you complete visibility and control over the security of hybrid cloud workloads, including compute, network, storage, identity, and application workloads. Azure Security Center (ASC) has two main value propositions:
1) Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) – Help you prevent misconfiguration to strengthen your security posture for all different types of cloud workloads and resources in Azure (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). CSPM in Security Center is available for free to all Azure users.
2) Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) – Protect against threats for servers whether they are running in Azure, on-premises, or different clouds such as Amazon AWS or Google GCP, in addition to cloud-native workloads such as Web Apps, Kubernetes, Key Vaults, as well as for SQL databases (PaaS/VM) and storage accounts. CWPP is part of the Azure Defender (formerly known as the Standard Tier plan in Azure Security Center).
Azure Defender is an evolution of the threat-protection technologies in Security Center, protecting Azure and hybrid environments. When you enable Azure Defender from the Pricing and settings area of Azure Security Center, the following Defender plans are all enabled simultaneously and provide comprehensive defenses for the compute, data, and service layers of your environment:
- Azure Defender for servers
- Azure Defender for App Service
- Azure Defender for Storage
- Azure Defender for SQL
- Azure Defender for Kubernetes
- Azure Defender for container registries
- Azure Defender for Key Vault
- Azure Defender for Azure DNS
As of August 11th, 2021, the Azure Security Center / Azure Defender team has announced that in addition to preparing and becoming an Azure Security Center Ninja, you can take a knowledge check and request a certificate of completion you score 80% or more.
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Ninja Training
The Microsoft Defender for Cloud (MDC) Ninja training lists many ASC/Azure Defender resources, organized in a format that can help you go from absolutely no knowledge in MDC, to design and implement different scenarios.
I am happy to share with you that I have contributed several articles to the Azure Security Center Ninja training which are included in this study guide.
Every month, the ASC team is adding new updates to the study guide, and you can track it by checking the date besides the topic. If you have already studied all the modules and you are ready for the knowledge check, follow the procedures below:
The knowledge measure for Microsoft Defender for Cloud consists of 30 multiple-choice questions.
I’ve just taken the test myself and I am so happy and grateful that I passed it the first time with a high passing score of 29/30 without any additional preparation.
You need 80% or 24 points at least to pass this knowledge check. I missed one question.
Once you pass, you’ll be able to request your certificate. It shows up within an hour in your inbox similar to the one below. It makes a nice addition to your list of certifications and accomplishments on LinkedIn.
Please note that this is not an “official” certification, but (as a tip) the effort looks good if you place the certificate as shown in the image below with your current work experience.
This shows a record of your impact and is useful for keeping track of your efforts for those annual awards discussions with your manager.
Last but not least, I want to thank the entire Microsoft Defender for Cloud team who prepared the Ninja Training and the Knowledge Check.
All the best,
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