Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert

Certification details

As a Microsoft cybersecurity architect, you translate a cybersecurity strategy into capabilities that protect the assets, business, and operations of an organization. You design, guide the implementation of, and maintain security solutions that follow Zero Trust principles and best practices, including security strategies for:

  • Identity
  • Devices
  • Data
  • Applications
  • Network
  • Infrastructure
  • DevOps

Plus, you design solutions for:

  • Governance and Risk Compliance (GRC)
  • Security operations
  • Security posture management

As a cybersecurity architect, you continuously collaborate with leaders and practitioners in IT security, privacy, and other roles across an organization to plan and implement a cybersecurity strategy that meets the business needs of an organization.

As a candidate for this exam, you have experience implementing or administering solutions in the following areas:

  • Identity and access
  • Platform protection
  • Security operations
  • Data security
  • Application security
  • Hybrid and multicloud infrastructures

You should have expert skills in at least one of those areas, and you should have experience designing security solutions that include Microsoft security technologies.

To earn the Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect certification, you must also pass one of the following exams: SC-200, SC-300, or AZ-500. We strongly recommend that you do this before taking this exam.


The English language version of this certification was updated on August 25, 2023. Review the study guide linked on the Exam SC-100 page for details about recent changes.

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Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert

Skills measured

  • Design solutions that align with security best practices and priorities
  • Design security operations, identity, and compliance capabilities
  • Design security solutions for infrastructure
  • Design security solutions for applications and data

Job role: Administrator, Security Engineer, Security Operations Analyst, Solution Architect

Prerequisites: 3 certifications

Required exams: SC-100

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Certification prerequisites

To become a Microsoft Certified: Cybersecurity Architect Expert, you must earn at least one of the following: Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate, Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate, Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate certification.

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate

    As the Azure security engineer, you implement, manage, and monitor security for resources in Azure, multi-cloud, and hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

  • Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate

    The Microsoft identity and access administrator designs, implements, and operates an organization’s identity and access management systems by using Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra. They configure and manage authentication and authorization of identities for users, devices, Azure resources, and applications.

  • Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate

    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, and third-party security solutions.

Certification exams

  • SC-100: Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect

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    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: design solutions that align with security best practices and priorities; design security operations, identity, and compliance capabilities; design security solutions for infrastructure; and design security solutions for applications and data.

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    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

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** Complete this exam before the retirement date to ensure it is applied toward your certification. After the retirement date, please refer to the related certification for exam requirements.