This course will provide delegates with the knowledge and skills to secure Azure Active Directory authentication and to deploy 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 Microsoft Secure Score to measure any actions taken and use it to provide evidence of an improved security posture.

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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Before attending this course, students must have:

  • 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
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Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigate the portals and administrative roles used to secure Microsoft 365
  • Configure Azure Active Directory to provide strong authentication
  • Configure Defender for Office 365 to protect email messages and collaboration services
  • Deploy Defender for Endpoint to protect your networks and devices from advanced threats
  • Deploy Defender for Identity to protect your on premises Active Directory
  • Configure Defender for Cloud Apps to provide visibility of your organisation's use of cloud services
  • Measure and baseline your organisations security posture
  • Prioritise which configurations to perform to enhance Microsoft 365 security
  • Compare your organisations security configuration to benchmarks and KPIs
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This Total Learning course consists of three key stages, all explained during a 1-hour virtual kick off session, which includes a Q&A:

  • Digital stage – up to 10 hours, completed over 2 weeks
  • Live event – 2 days
  • Apply stage – up to 20 hours of work over 3 months

Digital stage

  • Learning path 1 - Your Microsoft 365 security course
  • Learning path 2 – Prioritizing Microsoft 365 security
  • Learning path 3 – Securing Azure Active Directory authentication
  • Learning path 4 – Defender for Office 365
  • Learning path 5 – Defender for Endpoint
  • Learning path 6 – Defender for Identity
  • Learning path 7 – Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Learning path 8 – Live readiness

Live event

  • Cyber security attacks
  • Review of Azure Active Directory authentication
  • Review of Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Using Secure Score to baseline your organisations security posture
  • Prioritising actions to improve security
  • Configure Defender for Office 365 policies
  • Implement attack simulation training
  • Protect endpoints with attack surface reduction
  • Deploy the Defender for Identity sensor
  • Improve identity security posture
  • Create threat detection policies
  • Track your Secure Score history

Apply at Work

  • Review your current security posture using Secure Score and identify areas that you wish to improve
  • Assign a goal that you wish to achieve
  • Prioritize improvement actions and create a plan of how you will implement and test each change
  • Measure your success with Secure Score history
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