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Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Tim Warner

In this online course, Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Tim Warner walks you through what to expect on the AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Technologies exam. The new Azure certifications are aligned to industry job roles; earning Azure certification both validates your specific Azure skill set and increases your value in today's crowded IT job market. You will derive great benefit from this course even if certification is not your goal. Specifically, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to do the work of the Microsoft Azure security engineer.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Complete your AZ-500 exam preparation with confidence
  • Manage identity and access to Azure enforcing least-privilege security
  • Implement Azure platform protection
  • Manage security operations in your Azure environment
  • Secure data and applications

This training course is for you because...

  • AZ-500 certification candidates
  • Current or prospective Azure security engineers
  • On-premises data center administrators and/or developers who are pressured to “skill up” in Azure
  • Microsoft Partners who require certification to achieve a competency rating


The Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer Associate is an associate-level credential. Accordingly, the learner needs to have a healthy skills balance among three Azure job roles:

  • Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) security, including virtual networks, virtual machines, network virtual appliances, and network security groups, among other resources
  • Azure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) security, including App Service, Azure SQL Database, Cosmos DB, and storage accounts
  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) security, including tenant security and Azure AD Privileged Identity Management

Course Setup:

To follow along with the demonstrations and practice on his or her own, the learner should have the following environment available:

Recommended Preparation:

Before the class, please study the following resources from the Safari Books Online library to assist in your preparation:

About your instructor

  • Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP and cloud solutions architect based in Nashville, Tennessee. Tim has over 20 years of experience as an IT generalist and technical trainer. Reach Tim at Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his website, TechTrainerTim.com.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

DAY 1 (3 hours)

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Set expectations
  • Perform high-level course overview
  • Give strategies to maximize benefit from this course

Module 1: Manage Identity and Access (65 minutes)

  • Define app registrations and permissions
  • Deploy MFA, Conditional Access, and IdP
  • Create hybrid identity with Azure AD Connect
  • Administer Azure AD Privileged Identity Management
  • Transfer Azure subscriptions between Azure AD tenants
  • (Break: 5 minutes)

Module 2: Implement Platform Protection (70 minutes)

  • Implement virtual network security
  • Configure host security
  • Manage container security
  • Administer Azure Resource Manager security and governance

Synthesis (30 minutes)

  • Certification exam strategy
  • Q&A
  • Content review
  • Takeaways
  • What we'll cover in Day 2

DAY 2 (3 hours)

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Briefly review Day 1 material
  • Perform Day 2 content overview
  • Answer any outstanding questions from Day 1

Module 3: Manage Security Operations (60 minutes)

  • Configure security services like Azure Monitor
  • Configure Azure Security Center policies
  • Manage security alerts

Module 4: Secure Data and Applications (60 minutes)

  • Configure database security (relational, non-relational, big data)
  • Manage Azure Key Vault
  • Implement security for data at rest, in transit, and in use
  • Protect VM disks with Azure Disk Encryption
  • (Break: 5 minutes)

Module 5: Exam AZ-500 Certification Strategy (30 minutes)

  • Exam item strategy
  • The exam registration and delivery process
  • Designing your learning/preparation plan
  • What happens after the exam

Synthesis (15 min)

  • Content review
  • Q&A
  • Takeaways
  • Next steps/Goodbye