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Month: March 2022

Microsoft Defender Products and Licensing Demystified

“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”

Tom Peters, Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution

Over the last couple of years there has been more than a few name changes for the Microsoft 365 and Azure security products.

In this article we will look at the name changes, give a brief overview of each product and discuss the required licencing.

As I’m sure you have noticed, Microsoft is unifying their security offerings under the Microsoft Defender brand which is delivered as two product suites:

The new Microsoft Defender is the most comprehensive XDR in the market today and prevents, detects, and responds to threats across identities, endpoints, applications, email, IoT, infrastructure, and cloud platforms.

In addition to the Microsoft Defender products, Microsoft Sentinel is Microsoft’s cloud-native SIEM that not only unifies the XDR data from the Microsoft Defender products, but can also consume data from other security solutions such as firewalls and other security tools, to gain visibility across the entire environment.

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Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) Study Guide

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, mastering the basics in Microsoft Azure can help you jump-start your career and prepare you to dive deeper into the many technical opportunities Azure offers.

The certification validates your basic knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Azure. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of cloud concepts, along with Azure services, workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support.

CertificationMicrosoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
Required ExamAZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

This study guide steps through the exam objectives; directs you to Microsoft and third-party documentation; on and off-line training courses to help you prepare. If you have a must have resource that you think should be added please add a comment below.

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