Applied Skills

Secure Azure services and workloads with Microsoft Defender for Cloud regulatory compliance controls

Validate your technical skills and open doors to new possibilities of advancement with Microsoft Applied Skills.

At a glance


To earn this Microsoft Applied Skills credential, learners demonstrate the ability to implement regulatory compliance controls as recommended by the Microsoft cloud security benchmark.

Candidates for this credential should be familiar with Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). They should have experience with security capabilities in Azure, along with a working knowledge of regulatory compliance standards.

Tasks performed

  • Configure Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Implement just-in-time (JIT) virtual machine (VM) access
  • Implement a Log Analytics workspace
  • Mitigate network security risks
  • Mitigate data protection risks
  • Mitigate endpoint security risks
  • Mitigate posture and vulnerability management risks

Prepare for the assessment

Take the assessment


This assessment will use an interactive lab to evaluate your performance. It will take a few minutes to load the lab, and you may do other activities while it loads. After you launch the lab, you will need to wait 72 hours to launch it again. Your mouse movements and text entered during the lab will be recorded for quality purposes. Learn more

Need accommodations?

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Applied Skills Resources

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