Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate

Investigate, search for, and mitigate threats using Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and Microsoft 365 Defender.

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As a Microsoft security operations analyst, you reduce organizational risk by:

  • Rapidly remediating active attacks in the environment.
  • Advising on improvements to threat protection practices.
  • Referring violations of organizational policies to appropriate stakeholders.

You perform:

  • Triage.
  • Incident response.
  • Vulnerability management.
  • Threat hunting.
  • Cyber threat intelligence analysis.

As a Microsoft security operations analyst, you monitor, identify, investigate, and respond to threats in multicloud environments by using:

  • Microsoft Sentinel
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Third-party security solutions

In this role, you collaborate with business stakeholders, architects, identity administrators, Azure administrators, and endpoint administrators to secure IT systems for the organization.

As a candidate, you should be familiar with:

  • Microsoft 365
  • Azure cloud services
  • Windows and Linux operating systems

You may be eligible for ACE college credit if you pass this certification exam. See ACE college credit for certification exams for details.


The English language version of this certification will be updated on July 24, 2024. Review the study guide linked in the Certification resources section for details about upcoming changes.

Skills measured

  • Mitigate threats by using Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Mitigate threats by using Defender for Cloud
  • Mitigate threats by using Microsoft Sentinel

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