If you want to learn today's security skills and pass the AZ-500 Microsoft Azure Security Engineer Associate exam. I'll show you how I did it, what to expect on the exam, and share my personal experience so you can pass it the first time around.

Microsoft's New Cloud Security Certifications

Early this year, I set out to get all of Microsoft's cloud security certifications, and I was overjoyed when the new Role-Based certifications for Microsoft 365 and Azure were announced.

This means that depending on your employment role and years of experience, you can choose which certification path to take. 

A new security role with an Associate level certification is now available for both Azure and Microsoft 365. If you manage security for Microsoft 365 as part of your job, you can take the MS-500 Microsoft 365 Security Administration Exam, which will earn you the title of Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate, putting you one step closer to becoming a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert.

If you handle Azure security, you can take the Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies, which will certify you as an Azure Security Engineer Associate. The AZ-500 exam, on the other hand, does not bring you any closer to an Azure expert-level certification. It is currently a dead-end exam that does not lead to any expert-level certification.

I took both examinations because my job requires me to manage security for both Microsoft 365 and Azure technologies, and it's a terrific way to put your security abilities to the test.

What Are the Requirements for Passing the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam?

Like the MS-500 test, the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam covers a wide range of topics and technologies. You should have a thorough understanding of the Azure technology itself before taking this exam, which makes sense. To learn how to secure Azure platform technologies, you must first understand what they are.

So taking the Azure AZ-900 (Azure Fundamentals) or AZ-103 (Azure Administrator) exam first to understand more about Azure technologies is an excellent approach to start. This isn't required to take the AZ-500 exam, but it's a fantastic place to start. You can take the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam right away if you are familiar with Azure technology.

When I first decided to take the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Exam, I already had 60% hands-on experience on all of the topics covered in the AZ-500, which was a solid start for me. Similarly, you must have at least 30% hands-on experience with the exam topics to take this exam, or you will need to study more to pass it.

The AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam anticipates that you will be able to implement security controls, maintain security posture, manage identity and access, and safeguard data, applications, and networks, as expected.

"Candidates discover and remediate vulnerabilities using a number of security tools, deploy threat prevention, and respond to security incident escalations," according to the official documentation for the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam. As a member of a broader team dedicated to cloud-based management and security, Microsoft Azure security engineers may also safeguard hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end architecture."

How To Prepare For The Exam & How To Measure Skills

(Manage identity and access (20-25 percent) is the first skill area, and you should learn about Azure Active Directory, Azure AD PIM or Privileged Identity Management, and Azure tenant security here. I recommend these Practice Tests to assist you grasp Azure PIM, which will save you a lot of time when it comes to studying for the AZ-500 Azure Security Engineer Exam.

(Implement platform protection (35-40%)) is the second skill area, and you should learn about:

  • Network Security in Azure
  • Security for Azure Hosts
  • Security for Azure Containers
  • Security for Azure Resource Management

Make sure you're familiar with Azure security groups, Azure Firewall, Azure policies, VM system upgrades, and Azure networking.