Microsoft 365 Security Administration Course: MS-500T00-A

Four days • Instructor-led training • Virtual course

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Course summary: Microsoft 365 Security Administration

The Microsoft 365 Security Administration course (MS-500T00-A) teaches the skills of securing user access to your organisation’s IT resources. The topics covered in this MS500 training include:

  • password protection
  • multi-factor authentication
  • Azure Identity Protection
  • Azure AD Connect
  • conditional access in Microsoft 365
  • threat vectors and Microsoft threat protection technologies
  • Secure Score
  • Exchange Online protection
  • Azure Advanced Threat Protection
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • information rights managed content
  • message encryption
  • labels, policies and rules for data loss prevention and information protection
  • archiving and retention in Microsoft 365
  • data governance
  • content searches and investigations
  • data retention policies and tags
  • in-place records management for SharePoint
  • email retention
  • eDiscovery investigations

Training details

  • Format: instructor-led, virtual
  • Length: 4 days
  • Price: £1990 (+VAT)


The Microsoft 365 Security Administration course prepares you to pass the MS-500 exam. Students who pass this exam can display the Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate badge.

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Skills gained

Our Microsoft 365 Security Administration training teaches the skills to:

  • administer user and group access in Microsoft 365
  • explain and manage Azure Identity Protection
  • plan and implement Azure AD Connect
  • manage synchronised user identities
  • explain and use conditional access
  • describe cyber-attack threat vectors
  • explain security solutions for Microsoft 365
  • use Microsoft Secure Score to evaluate and improve your security posture
  • configure various advanced threat protection services for Microsoft 365
  • plan for and deploy secure mobile devices
  • implement information rights management
  • secure messages in Office 365
  • configure Data Loss Prevention policies
  • deploy and manage Cloud App Security
  • implement Windows information protection for devices
  • plan and deploy a data archiving and retention system
  • create and manage an eDiscovery investigation
  • manage GDPR data subject requests
  • explain and use sensitivity labels

Microsoft 365 Security Administration


  • Instructor-led virtual training
  • 4 days
  • £1990 (+VAT)


Audience profile

Learning goals

This course is suited for IT professionals who want to gain a recognised Microsoft 365 security certification. This demonstrates your ability to plan and implement security strategies that comply with your organisation’s policies and regulations. You’ll prove your skill in responding to threats, implementing, managing and monitoring security and compliance solutions for Microsoft 365.

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Students on this Microsoft 365 security course should have:

  • a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure
  • experience with Windows 10 devices
  • experience with Office 365
  • a basic understanding of authorisation and authentication
  • a basic understanding of computer networks
  • a working knowledge of managing mobile devices

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    Course outline

    Module 1: User and Group Management

    This module explains how to manage user accounts and groups in Microsoft 365. It introduces you to the Zero Trust concept as well as authentication. The module sets the foundation for the remainder of the course.


    • Identity and Access Management concepts
    • The Zero Trust model
    • Plan your identity and authentication solution
    • User accounts and roles
    • Password Management

    Lab: Initialise your tenant – users and groups

    • Set up your Microsoft 365 tenant
    • Manage users and groups

    Lab: Password management

    • Configure Self-service password reset (SSPR) for user accounts in Azure AD
    • Deploy Azure AD Smart Lockout

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Create and manage user accounts.
    • Describe and use Microsoft 365 admin roles.
    • Plan for password policies and authentication.
    • Describe the concepts of Zero Trust security.
    • Explain the Zero Trust model

    Module 2: Identity Synchronisation and Protection

    This module explains concepts related to synchronising identities for Microsoft 365. Specifically, it focuses on Azure AD Connect and managing directory synchronisation to ensure the right people are connecting to your Microsoft 365 system.


    • Plan directory synchronisation
    • Configure and manage synchronised identities
    • Azure AD Identity Protection

    Lab: Implement Identity Synchronisation

    • Set up your organisation for identity synchronisation

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain directory synchronisation.
    • Plan directory synchronisation.
    • Describe and use Azure AD Connect.
    • Configure Azure AD Connect Prerequisites.
    • Manage users and groups with directory synchronisation.
    • Describe Active Directory federation.
    • Enable Azure Identity Protection

    Module 3: Identity and Access Management

    This module explains conditional access for Microsoft 365 and how it can be used to control access to resources in your organization. The module also explains Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and solutions for external access. We discuss identity governance as a concept and its components.


    • Application Management
    • Identity Governance
    • Manage device access
    • Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • Solutions for external access
    • Privileged Identity Management

    Lab: Use Conditional Access to enable MFA

    • MFA Authentication Pilot (require MFA for specific apps)
    • MFA Conditional Access (complete an MFA roll out)

    Lab: Configure Privileged Identity Management

    • Manage Azure resources
    • Assign directory roles
    • Activate and deactivate PIM roles
    • Directory roles
    • PIM resource workflows
    • View audit history for Azure AD roles in PIM

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the concept of conditional access.
    • Describe and use conditional access policies.
    • Plan for device compliance.
    • Configure conditional users and groups.
    • Configure role based access control
    • Describe the concepts of identity governance
    • Configure and use Privileged Identity Management

    Module 4: Security in Microsoft 365

    This module explains the various cyber-attack threats that exist. It then introduces you to the Microsoft solutions used to mitigate those threats. The module finishes with an explanation of Microsoft Secure Score and how it can be used to evaluate and report your organizations security posture.


    • Threat vectors and data breaches
    • Security strategy and principles
    • Microsoft security solutions
    • Secure Score

    Lab: Use Microsoft Secure Score

    • Improve your secure score in the Microsoft 365 Security Center

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe several techniques attackers use to compromise user accounts through email.
    • Describe techniques attackers use to gain control over resources.
    • List the types of threats that can be avoided by using EOP and Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
    • Describe the benefits of Secure Score and what kind of services can be analyzed.
    • Describe how to use Secure Score to identify gaps in your current Microsoft 365 security posture.

    Module 5: Threat Protection

    This module explains the various threat protection technologies and services available for Microsoft 365. The module covers message protection through Exchange Online Protection, Microsoft Defender for Identity and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.


    • Exchange Online Protection (EOP)
    • Microsoft Defender for Office 365
    • Manage Safe Attachments
    • Manage Safe Links
    • Microsoft Defender for Identity
    • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

    Lab: Manage Microsoft 365 Security Services

    • Implement Microsoft Defender Policies

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the anti-malware pipeline as email is analysed by Exchange Online Protection.
    • Describe how Safe Attachments is used to block zero-day malware in email attachments and documents.
    • Describe how Safe Links protect users from malicious URLs embedded in email and documents that point
    • Configure Microsoft Defender for Identity.
    • Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

    Module 6: Threat Management

    This module explains Microsoft Threat Management which provides you with the tools to evaluate and address cyber threats and formulate responses. You will learn how to use the Security dashboard and Azure Sentinel for Microsoft 365.


    • Security dashboard
    • Threat investigation and response
    • Azure Sentinel
    • Advanced Threat Analytics

    Lab: Using Attack Simulator

    • Conduct a simulated Spear phishing attack
    • Conduct simulated password attacks

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe how Threat Explorer can be used to investigate threats and help to protect your tenant.
    • Describe how the Security Dashboard gives C-level executives insight into top risks and trends.
    • Describe what Advanced Thread Analytics (ATA) is and what requirements are needed to deploy it.
    • Configure Advanced Threat Analytics.
    • Use the attack simulator in Microsoft 365.
    • Describe how Azure Sentinel can used for Microsoft 365.

    Module 7: Microsoft Cloud Application Security

    This module focuses on cloud application security in Microsoft 365. The module will explain cloud discovery, app connectors, policies, and alerts. You will learn how these features work to secure you cloud applications.


    • Deploy Cloud Application Security
    • Use cloud application security information

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe Cloud App Security.
    • Explain how to deploy Cloud App Security.
    • Control your Cloud Apps with Policies.
    • Use the Cloud App Catalog.
    • Use the Cloud Discovery dashboard.
    • Manage cloud app permissions.

    Module 8: Mobility

    This module focuses on securing mobile devices and applications. You will learn about Mobile Device Management and how it works with Microsoft Intune. You will also learn about how Intune and Azure AD can be used to secure mobile applications.


    • Mobile Application Management (MAM)
    • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
    • Deploy mobile device services
    • Enroll devices to Mobile Device Management

    Lab: Device Management

    • Enable Device Management
    • Configure Azure AD for Intune
    • Create compliance and conditional access policies

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe mobile application considerations.
    • Manage devices with MDM.
    • Configure Domains for MDM.
    • Manage Device Security Policies.
    • Enroll devices to MDM.
    • Configure a Device Enrollment Manager Role.

    Module 9: Information Protection and Governance

    This module focuses on data loss prevention in Microsoft 365. You will learn about how to create policies, edit rules, and customize user notifications to protect your data.


    • Information protection concepts
    • Governance and Records Management
    • Sensitivity labels
    • Archiving in Microsoft 365
    • Retention in Microsoft 365
    • Retention policies in the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center
    • Archiving and retention in Exchange
    • In-place records management in SharePoint

    Lab: Archiving and Retention

    • Initialise compliance
    • Configure retention tags and policies

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Configure sensitivity labels.
    • Configure archiving and retention in Microsoft 365.
    • Plan and configure Records Management

    Module 10: Rights Management and Encryption

    This module explains information rights management in Exchange and SharePoint. The module also describes encryption technologies used to secure messages.


    • Information Rights Management (IRM)
    • Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (S-MIME)
    • Office 365 Message Encryption

    Lab: Configure Office 365 Message Encryption

    • Configure Office 365 Message Encryption
    • Validate Information Rights Management

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the various Microsoft 365 Encryption Options.
    • Describe the use of S/MIME.
    • Describe and enable Office 365 Message Encryption.

    Module 11: Data Loss Prevention

    This module focuses on data loss prevention in Microsoft 365. You will learn about how to create policies, edit rules, and customise user notifications to protect your data.


    • Data loss prevention fundamentals
    • Create a DLP policy
    • Customise a DLP policy
    • Create a DLP policy to protect documents
    • Policy tips

    Lab: Implement Data Loss Prevention policies

    • Manage DLP Policies
    • Test MRM and DLP Policies

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe Data Loss Prevention (DLP).
    • Use policy templates to implement DLP policies for commonly used information.
    • Configure the correct rules for protecting content.
    • Describe how to modify existing rules of DLP policies.
    • Configure the user override option to a DLP rule.
    • Explain how SharePoint Online creates crawled properties from documents.

    Module 12: Compliance Management

    This module explains the Compliance center in Microsoft 365. It discusses the components of compliance score.


    • Compliance center

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe how to use compliance score to make organizational decisions.
    • Describe how assessments are used to determine compliance score.

    Module 13: Insider Risk Management

    This module focuses on insider risk related functionality within Microsoft 365. It covers not only Insider Risk Management in the compliance center but also information barriers and privileged access management as well.


    • Insider Risk
    • Privileged Access
    • Information barriers
    • Building ethical walls in Exchange Online

    Lab: Privileged Access Management

    • Set up privileged access management and process a request

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Explain and configure Insider Risk Management in Microsoft 365.
    • Configure and approve privileged access requests for global administrators.
    • Configure and use information barriers to conform to organizational regulations.
    • Build ethical walls in Exchange Online
    • Configure Customer Lockbox

    Module 14: Discover and Respond

    This module focuses on content search and investigations. The module covers how to use eDiscovery to conduct advanced investigations of Microsoft 365 data. It also covers audit logs and discusses GDPR data subject requests.


    • Content Search
    • Audit Log Investigations
    • Advanced eDiscovery

    Lab: Manage Search and Investigation

    • Investigate your Microsoft 365 Data
    • Conduct a Data Subject Request

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Conduct content searches in Microsoft 365
    • Perform and audit log investigation.
    • Configure Microsoft 365 for audit logging.
    • Use Advanced eDiscovery

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