This post lists some professional certifications for administration of Windows operating systems.
List of certifications for Windows administration:
- Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst
- GIAC’s GCWN
- Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
- Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administration Associate
List of certifications for Windows Security
Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst
Certification is “Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst”.
Exam related to this certification is SC-200 “Mitigate threats using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint”.
GIAC Certified WiNdows Security Administrator (GCWN) is a certification issued by GIAC.
Related SANS training to GCWN is SEC505 “Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation”. It is a 6-day training.
Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
I think that it is more focused in Microsoft 365 / Azure rather than Windows.
Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate is a certification issued by Microsoft.
There are four levels in Microsoft certifications:
In order to become a Security Admin. Asociate, you need to pass the exam MS-500.
As of 2021, MS-500 exam fee is $165.
More info about the certification on this external link.
More info about the exam MS-500 on this external link.
Microsoft offers an online free learning path for MS-500 consisting of 4 parts.
There is also the instructor-led tranining course MS-500T00-A “Microsoft 365 Security Administration”. It lasts 4 days, sometimes 5 days.
You can find a list of Microsoft’s training partners on this external link.
Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
I think this is the least related to Security.
Certification is Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate.
There are two exams linked to this certification:
List of courses for Windows Security
MD-100T03 “Protecting Windows 10” by Microsoft
This course is related to exam MD-100 “Windows 10”, that is one of the pre-requisites for certification “Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate“.
Learning Path “Manage security with Microsoft 365” by Microsoft
This learning path helps to prepare for exams of certifications “Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate” and “Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administration Expert“.
Learning Path “Microsoft 365 – Modernize your enterprise deployment with Windows devices and Microsoft 365 Apps” by Microsoft
This learning path includes module “Update your security and compliance configuration – Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps“.
Learning Path “Secure your organization with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint” by Microsoft
Free online courses.
It is focused on Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
Course “Windows 10 Host Security” by Infosec Institute
Windows 10 Host Security by Infosec Institute.
You need an annual subscription to Infosec Institute courses.
Course “Windows 10 Security Features” by Udemy
Secure your organization with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint