This three-day instructor led course will provide delegates with the knowledge and skills to deploy and administer Microsoft 365 Defender to protect against cyber threats. Delegates will learn how to configure security across messaging and collaboration tools, devices, identities and applications. They will also learn how to use the service to detect possible ongoing attacks and block them.

This course was designed for people who work in a security administrator job role or a general purpose administrator role with a responsibility to ensure that their Microsoft 365 environment is secure.

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  • An understanding of core technical concepts, including DNS, Networking, Identities, and software deployment methods
  • An understanding of common security threats and attacks such as malware, phishing, ransomware and software exploits
  • Experience with Microsoft 365 components including Azure Active Directory, Exchange, Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint
  • Experience with managing Active Directory Domain Services, Group Policy and Windows clients

Instructors will demonstrate features throughout the event. Optional Lab exercises are available for students to complete within a free commercial Microsoft 365 tenancy provided free of charge for each student by QA. This tenancy lasts for 30 days but can be extended free of charge for another 30 days.

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Delegates will learn how to

  • How to license the services and navigate the Microsoft 365 Defender portal
  • How to configure Defender for Office 365 capabilities to protect messaging and collaboration services against threats such as malware or phishing
  • How to deploy Defender for Endpoint to devices, and protect them against threats such as malware, ransomware and software exploits
  • How to deploy Defender for Identity to an on-premises Active Directory to protect it from threats against identities, such as stealing credentials and gaining admin control of the domain
  • How to implement threat detection policies in Defender for Cloud Apps to provide alerts on unusual application behaviours which are often indicators of an attack
  • How to investigate security incidents using the Microsoft 365 Defender portal and use remediation actions to block the attack
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LP1 - Overview of Microsoft 365 Defender

Cyber security attacks

  • Zero Trust model
  • MITRE ATT&CK framework
  • Example attack chain

Microsoft 365 Defender services

  • Services overview
  • License requirements
  • Administration
  • Microsoft Secure Score



LP2 - Configuring Defender for Office 365

Threats and protection

  • Protection against known threats
  • Email authentication to prevent spoofing
  • Protection against unknown threats

Defender for Office 365 policies

  • Policies and recommended settings
  • Managing the quarantine
  • Advanced delivery policies

Attack simulation training

  • Types of simulation
  • Create and run a simulation



LP3 - Deploying and configuring Defender for Endpoint

Exploring the service

  • Capabilities
  • Defender Vulnerability Management


  • General settings
  • Permissions
  • Onboarding

Evaluation lab

Protecting endpoints

  • Next-generation protection
  • Attack surface reduction



LP4 - Deploying Defender for Identity

Deploying the sensor

  • Creating the service accounts
  • Installing the sensor
  • Entity tags

Identity security posture

  • Assessments
  • Securing accounts
  • Securing authentication protocols



LP5 - Configuring Defender for Cloud Apps

Connecting to apps and logs

  • Connecting to Office 365
  • Cloud Discovery
  • Admin roles

Threat detection policies

  • Importing user groups
  • Creating policies



LP6 - Investigating and responding to threats

Responding to incidents

  • Managing incidents
  • Remediate
  • Automated investigation and response

Advanced hunting

  • Creating queries
  • Kusto query language (KQL)



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Why choose QA

Special Notices

Instructors will demonstrate features throughout the event. Optional Lab exercises are available for students to complete within a free commercial Microsoft 365 tenancy provided free of charge for each student by QA. This tenancy lasts for 30 days.

Dates & Locations

Microsoft 365 learning pathways

= Required
= Certification
Technical Decision Maker
Office 365 General Administration
Exchange Online/Hybrid
SharePoint Online/Hybrid
Device Management, Identity and Services
Security and Compliance
Modern Desktop
Power Platform
Microsoft Teams
Copilot for Microsoft 365
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