Microsoft Professional Program for Cybersecurity

Learn the necessary skills to start or progress

8 - 12

Technologies you will use to gain your skills

Windows Defender
Windows Information Protection
Advanced Threat Analytics
Active Directory
Azure Security Center
Desired State Configuration
Just Enough Administration
Privilege Attribute Certification

Track detail

Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of a quarter. January—March, April—June, July—September, and October —December. The capstone runs for four weeks at the beginning of each quarter: January, April, July, October. For exact dates for the current course run, please refer to the course detail page on

* Courses can be taken during any course run and in any order. When multiple course options are listed for a skill, only one must be completed to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

  • Enterprise Security Fundamentals

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn to describe the current enterprise security landscape, define the Assume Compromise approach, practice red team versus blue team exercises, and develop organizational security preparation, processes, and responses.

  • Threat Detection: Planning for a Secure Enterprise

    Provided by Microsoft

    This course provides an overview of threat detection as part of a defense-in-depth strategy. You will learn how to protect, detect, and respond to cybercrime as you explore the capabilities of threat detection and mitigation tools.

  • Planning a Security Incident Response

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn to manage an enterprise security incident while avoiding common errors, increasing both the effectiveness and efficiency of your incident response efforts.

  • PowerShell Security Best Practices

    Provided by Microsoft

    Use PowerShell to enhance security and remediate new threats and exploits. Explore the functionality of administration tools such as Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Just Enough Administration (JEA) for configuring and securing servers.

  • Managing Identity

    Provided by Microsoft

    Based on real-world experience from Microsoft incident response teams, this course takes a hands-on approach to identity management. You will create a bastion host, configure Privileged Access Management, set up Microsoft Identity Manager, and more.

  • Option 1
    Security in Office 365

    Provided by Microsoft

    Review the different types of threats that can target your organization and learn how to implement and manage Office 365 security features like Advanced Threat Protection, Threat Intelligence, and Advanced Security Management.

  • Option 2
    Securing Data in Azure and SQL Server

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to secure data in SQL Server 2016, SQL Server v.Next on Linux, and Azure SQL Databases. Join the experts for a look at user authentication, who the users are, authorization and what they are allowed to do. Topics include: Authenticating Users and Connections, Authorizing Users to Access Resources, Auditing Access to Data, and Encrypting Data.

  • Option 3
    Microsoft SharePoint 2016: Authentication and Security

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn how to plan and configure a SharePoint on-premises solution to help protect the environment. The course examines the necessary hardware and software requirements and the overall methodology to SharePoint security.

  • Windows 10 Security Features

    Provided by Microsoft

    Stay ahead of the security curve—learn about the continually evolving security features of the Windows 10 operating system. With a team of Microsoft security engineers, discover how to deploy its advanced capabilities.

  • Windows Server 2016 Security Features

    Provided by Microsoft

    Windows Server 2016 provides layers of protection that help address both known and emerging threats. Learn how it actively contributes to securing your infrastructure so you can better safeguard against security breaches.

  • Microsoft Azure Security Services

    Provided by Microsoft

    Learn Azure security best practices and understand the terminology, tools, and techniques for creating a highly secure, resilient cloud service. You will also learn about and use the additional security services offered in Azure and Intune.

Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Cybersecurity

Hands-on learning with the latest Cybersecurity tools

Each course in the Microsoft Professional Program in Cybersecurity features hands-on learning so you can practice with the most sought after skills. Assessments that require more than just memorization ensure that you have mastered these new skills.

Learn on your own time

All courses are available online and on demand – so whether you plan to spend a couple of hours per day or a couple of hours per week, you can work on these skills at the pace that is right for you. And since the curriculum consists of massive open online courses (MOOC) on edX, you can watch the videos on your tablet or phone.

Frequently asked questions

Question What is the Microsoft Professional Program?


The Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a collection of courses that teach skills in several core technology tracks that help you excel in the industry's newest job roles.

These courses are created and taught by experts and feature quizzes, hands-on labs, and engaging communities. For each track you complete, you earn a certificate of completion from Microsoft proving that you mastered those skills.

Question Why should I consider participating?

The Microsoft Professional Program provides real-world skills and hands-on instruction that keeps pace with the technology industry. These courses can be rigorous but rewarding, with the flexibility to master skills at your own pace, and a robust capstone project that demonstrates your knowledge. Not to mention you get the important credentials employers want.

Question Can I get college credit?


Yes – if you have completed one (or more) of the following MPP tracks, you may be eligible to receive college credit through Excelsior College, a regionally accredited institution.

The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has established credit recommendations for specific MPP tracks.

To request credit: 1. Complete the application (select ‘Download the application here’ from the Transcripts section of the NCCRS page) and email or FAX it to Excelsior College, according to the application instructions. Do NOT send the application or email to Microsoft. 2. Obtain a link to your official MPP certificate and email it to Excelsior College using the following steps: a. Sign in on your MPP dashboard
b. Copy and paste the MPP track certificate URL to share a link to your official certificate
c. Paste the URL in an email with 2 forms of identification (name and current address or name and date of birth) and send to

For more information, visit: NCCRS college credit for Microsoft.