Build your Microsoft Security career

Microsoft 365 and Azure are used by 258 million people and more than a million companies worldwide. There is a huge demand for qualified admin and cyber security professionals, opportunities for career progression and the possibility of generous salaries.  

Indeed, the (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2020 found that 49% of employers require their staff to have Microsoft qualifications. 

And with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the use of Cloud-based applications such as Office 365 to support remote and hybrid working, there has never been a bigger demand for cyber security expertise. 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be delving into our Microsoft Security training pathways, looking at the relationships between specific courses, and providing tips on how ensure you pass your exams at the first attempt. 

As an official Microsoft partner, we offer everything you need to gain the relevant qualifications and advance your career. 

To get you started, this blog provides an overview of three learning pathways that IT Governance offers: the Azure Pathway, Microsoft 365 Pathway and the Security Specialist Roles Pathway. 

Keep reading to find out which learning pathway is right for you, and the job prospects and career development that you can expect from each. 

Azure Pathway 

Microsoft Azure is a Cloud computing service that provides SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). 

It is the Cloud platform for delivering Microsoft Office 365 client services, which include Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and the Office applications. 

This pathway is ideal for IT professionals looking to configure, deploy and secure Microsoft Azure services in their organisation. It’s also suitable for those who plan to develop a specialised career as a Microsoft Azure administrator or security engineer. 

Potential job roles include IT support executive, IT support manager, system administrator, Azure administrator, security operations analyst, and identity and access admin manager. 

The pathway begins with the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Training Course which delivers a foundational knowledge of Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) qualification. 

You can build on this qualification with the Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-104 training course before taking the career-defining Microsoft Azure Security Engineer AZ-500. 

Microsoft 365 Pathway 

The Microsoft 365 Pathway provides an introduction to the Cloud platform and helps you develop your career as a Microsoft 365 identity, mobility or security specialist. 

It’s ideal for those looking to deploy and secure Microsoft 365 Cloud services in their organisation, and those who plan a specialised career as a Microsoft 365 administrator or security professional. 

Potential job roles include IT support executive, IT support manager, system administrator and Microsoft 365 security administrator. 

The pathway begins with the Microsoft 365 Fundamentals MS-900 Training Course, which provides foundational knowledge of the features and benefits of adopting Cloud services and the Microsoft SaaS Cloud model. 

Once you’ve passed this course, you can advance to the Microsoft 365 Identity and Service MS-100, and Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security MS-101 training courses. 

The flagship Microsoft 365 Security Administrator MS-500 Training Course is recognised by employers worldwide, and will teach you how to plan and implement the strategies required to proactively secure Microsoft 365 enterprise and hybrid environments. 

Security Specialist Pathway 

With the Security Specialist Pathway, you can take your career to the next level and develop a senior role within your organisation. 

Potential job roles include security operations analyst, identity and access administrator, and information protection administrator. 

The pathway begins with the Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals SC-900 Training Course which introduces you to the security, compliance and identity concepts related to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.  

You can build on this qualification with: 

Microsoft Security training with IT Governance 

As an approved Microsoft Global Training Partner, IT Governance delivers your course via an experienced MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) and MOC (Microsoft Official Courseware). 

We have training venues in London and Ely – or, alternatively, you can choose to study from the comfort of your own home via our Live Online option. 

Find out how you can get started on or significantly enhance your Microsoft Security career.