Secure Azure Services and Workloads with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Regulatory Compliance Controls (SC-5002)

Course 8713

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

This course guides you in securing Azure services and workloads using Microsoft Cloud Security Benchmark controls in Microsoft Defender for Cloud via the Azure portal.

Microsoft Defender Course Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

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Microsoft Defender Course Information

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in filtering network traffic using Network Security Groups (NSGs) in the Azure portal, enhancing your skills in network security management.
  • Learn how to create and configure a Log Analytics workspace specifically tailored for Microsoft Defender for Cloud, improving data collection and security analysis capabilities.
  • Strengthen your Azure environment's security posture by implementing Microsoft Defender for Cloud and leveraging its features for threat detection and incident response.
  • Master the configuration and integration of a Log Analytics agent with a workspace in Defender for Cloud, enabling you to conduct in-depth security analysis and enhance incident management processes.
  • Acquire essential skills in configuring Azure Key Vault networking settings, ensuring secure access to stored secrets and enhancing overall data security measures.
  • Understand the process of securely connecting an Azure SQL server using an Azure Private Endpoint, contributing to improved data communication security within your Azure infrastructure.


  • Practical experience in administration of Microsoft Azure and hybrid environments.
  • Strong familiarity with compute, network, and security in Azure, as well as Microsoft Entra ID.
  • Familiarity with security management and vulnerability remediation techniques.
  • Knowledge of threat modeling and implementation of threat protection measures.

Microsoft Defender Course Outline

Learn to filter network traffic using Network Security Groups (NSGs) in the Azure portal.

  • Understand how to create, configure, and apply NSGs for improved network security.
  • Azure resource group
  • Azure Virtual Network
  • How network security groups filter network traffic
  • Application security groups
  • Exercise Create a virtual network infrastructure
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

Discover how to create a Log Analytics workspace in the Azure portal for Microsoft Defender for Cloud.

  • Improve data collection and security analysis.
  • Defender for Cloud monitoring components
  • Exercise Create a workspace
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

Implement Microsoft Defender for Cloud using the Azure portal.

  • Strengthen security and threat detection in your Azure environment.
  • Security posture
  • Workload protections
  • Deploy Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Exercise Enable Defender for Cloud on your Azure subscription
  • Azure Arc
  • Microsoft cloud security benchmark
  • Configure Microsoft Defender for Cloud policies
  • Exercise Enable just-in-time access on Virtual Machines
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

Configure and integrate a Log Analytics agent with a workspace in Defender for Cloud via the Azure portal.

  • Boost security analysis.
  • Collect data from your workloads with the Log Analytics agent
  • Configure the Log Analytics agent and workspace
  • Exercise Collect data from your workloads with the Log Analytics agent
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

Learn to configure Azure Key Vault networking settings via the Azure portal.

  • Ensure secure and controlled access to stored secrets.
  • Azure Key Vault basic concepts
  • Best practices for Azure Key Vault
  • Configure Azure Key Vault firewalls and virtual networks
  • Exercise Configure Key Vault firewall and virtual networks
  • Exercise Configure Azure Key Vault recovery management with soft delete and purge protection
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

Securely connect an Azure SQL server via Azure Private Endpoint in the Azure portal.

  • Enhance data communication security.
  • Azure Private Endpoint
  • Azure Private Link
  • Exercise Deploy a virtual machine to test connectivity privately and securely to the SQL server across the private endpoint
  • Knowledge check
  • Summary

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Microsoft Defender Course FAQs

No. Applied Skills credentials are not replacing Certifications. We are expanding our credentialing portfolio to better meet the needs of our learners and customers by allowing people to validate particular skill sets with this new offering.

Certifications are role-based and evaluate a broader range of skills needed to be successful in critical roles that organizations need to be successful in today's rapidly changing technical environment.

Applied Skills credentials are scenario-based and evaluate a narrower skill set specific to an organization's critical business problem or challenge.

If you want to demonstrate that you have the range of skills needed to succeed in a given job role, a Certification is the right way to go. If you want to validate your skills on a specific business problem or scenario your organization faces, an Applied Skills credential will make more sense.

Here are some key differentiators between Certifications and Applied Skills:

  • Breadth of skills validated: Certifications typically validate 4-6 skill sets, while Applied Skills validate one specific skill set.
  • Focus: Certifications are job role-based, while Applied Skills are product-based.
  • Purpose: Certifications validate skills needed for the technical aspects of job roles that leverage Microsoft solutions and technologies. Applied Skills validate specific scenarios hindering an organization's digital transform organization's

Many of the Applied Skills credentials can be used to help you prepare for Certification exams. Because Applied Skills are awarded based on performance within a lab, that experience may set you up for success on a Certification. All role-based Certification exams require experience, so earning an Applied Skills credential is one way to get some of the experience needed to pass the exam. However, not all skills assessed on a Certification exam will have an associated Applied Skills assessment lab, so you should not rely on Applied Skills alone. Visit how to prepare for a Certification exam.

If you want to demonstrate that you have skill sets that the Certification did not assess, are "Certification adjacent," or are needed for a specific project that you would like to do or are working on, an applied skill credential would be a great way to show your employer and peers that you have those skills and the skills validated by your Certification.

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If you have some experience and are pursuing a job that leverages Microsoft solutions, a role-based certification is the logical solution to validate role-based skills. Note that some Applied Skills credentials relate to our certifications and may provide another way to prepare for a certification exam.

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