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The top Azure Security Certifications that will boost your career

Microsoft Azure security features to improve your security skills

When it comes to Microsoft Azure there is a wide range of options for IT professionals. Many organisations choose Azure as an investment to help them to centralise and monitor security across cloud services. Therefore, for IT Pros it’s essential knowing how to secure the Azure environment and protect the flow of sensitive data.

Having Azure security certifications under your belt can make a huge difference in your career and help you to achieve that next level that you have been planning for. In the article below we explain the main Azure certifications and training required to Master your Azure skills.

Azure Features

We all know that the security threats are a constant risk for all companies and they get clever and clever every day. Azure has best-in-class security controls built into its infrastructure and offers a breadth of identity, networking, data, threat prevention and security management capabilities to strengthen your security while reducing costs and complexity, including:

Azure Active Directory: Azure AD, the most popular directory service, is a central hub used to manage access across all your cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and hundreds of popular SaaS and PaaS cloud services, as well as on-premises services.

Azure Security Centre: The security centre provides insights into security issues and suggestions for fixing them. It features security alert dashboards that combine Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph with machine learning and visualizations to help you understand and remediate issues.

Network security, including VPNs and firewalls.

Data security, including encryption and masking.

Multi-factor authorisation for data and applications.

Secrets management features, including Key Vault and Shared Access Signatures.

Why Azure Security Matters

Even though Azure came with built in features, it’s imperative for IT Pros know how to configure, manage and monitor properly. Mainly because of these two reasons:

Microsoft Azure requires management. Critical human tasks include handling security updates, patching vulnerabilities, monitoring servers and managing application access. You also need to perform consistent audits to meet global compliance requirements, such as ISO 27001/27018, FedRAMP, PCI and HIPAA.

Platform expertise. To get the most from the Azure’s robust platform you must have some expertise as it includes many moving parts that need to work together to remain secure and functional. You need a firm grasp on cloud, network and data security best practices and how they work together in Azure.

The more you know about Azure possibilities you will be able to leverage Azure’s unique intelligence to keep pace with evolving threats and identify security breaches before they catch your company and affect your business. Azure specific knowledge can also help you to customise and controls the tools that met your company needs.

Azure Certifications

MCSA – Linux on Azure

Linux knowledge is strongly recommended as a third of Azure virtual machines running are Linux VM’s, which means that both technologies share a close relationship. The MCSA: Linux on Azure certification course addresses many security technologies and configurations that are critical to administering Linux and Azure.

This certification is ideal for IT managers, system and cloud administrators, architects, and developers.

Recommended courses:
Exams

Pass these 2 exams:

  • LCFS Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator
  • 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions

MCSA Cloud Platform

This certification shows your expertise and deep knowledge in Microsoft cloud-related technologies, including Azure, which will help to define the best security features for your company, techniques for monitoring and managing cloud data and more. MCSA Cloud Platform is recommended for IT professionals in cloud administration and architecture.

Recommended courses:
Exams

Pass 2 of the following exams:

  • 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Once you have achieved one of the above MCSA certifications you will be qualified to invest on the expert level of Microsoft exams. MCSE is not just one of the top paying IT certifications, but it can also boost your career perspective and therefore increase your earning potential. By doing this exam, you prove that you have the skills to run an efficient, secure and modern data centre. It validates your expertise in cloud technology, identity management, systems management, storage, networking and virtualisation.

MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure is ideal for aspiring IT managers, cloud administrators, cloud architects, and information security analysts.

Recommended courses:
Exams

Pass 1 of the following exams:

  • 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • 70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
  • 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-537 Configuration and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
  • 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016
  • 70-745 Implementing a Software-Defined Datacentre

New Horizons Ireland Azure Security Program

At New Horizons Ireland  you can also take advantage of our special blended learning option for Azure Security. The Azure Security Program consist of 2 days of virtual instructor led training, mentoring support for 6 months, custom book collection for 6 months, and access to all our LaaS platform for 6 months. The program includes the following courses:

  • 10993 Integrating On-Premises Identity Infrastructure with Microsoft
  • Microsoft Azure Identity
  • Azure Security and Compliance
  • Azure Application Deployment and Management
  • Developing IOT Solutions with Azure IOT

If you want to invest in your IT career and aren’t sure which is the best path for you, talk to one of our Account Managers to find out all your possibilities.

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