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 Why is Microsoft discontinuing the Microsoft Professional Program?


Three years ago, we launched the Microsoft Professional Program with one mission: to help you build the technical skills you need to succeed in emerging jobs.

Since then, we’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve applied your new skills to become more impactful in your current work and gained more recognition from your colleagues.

That’s why we’ve decided to take the best of the Microsoft Professional Program and apply it to a program where you can earn a technical certification when you complete your coursework. Why?

  • Certified new hires reach full productivity sooner and find more opportunities for advancement.
  • Certified employees earn 15 percent more than those without certification.
  • Employees with certifications are nearly 20 percent more productive.

Find out more about our move toward role-based certificates and role-based training here.

Question If I would like to continue pursuing an MPP track, how long do I have to complete it?


Microsoft Professional Program will end on December 31, 2019.  Enrollments to MPP tracks will discontinue on September 15, 2019.

If you are currently enrolled in MPP courses or tracks, please complete them by December 31, 2019.

If you have completed your MPP courses or tracks, please save/print certificates by December 31, 2019. Learners enrolled in tracks as of September 15, 2019 will have a final opportunity to take the capstone from November 1 through December 31, 2019. We are making this capstone period longer than the typical one month to allow for more time to test and retake, if needed. This final capstone will replace the one normally scheduled for Oct. 1-31.

Question If I have successfully completed an MPP track(s) or plan to finish before the program retires, will the achievement still have value in the market?

Yes! The MPP credential demonstrates value and excellence to managers looking to hire in technology fields.