Introducing the Anti-Piracy Program

Introducing the Anti-Piracy Program

Kerri Davis - MSL Anti-Piracy PM

Hello and welcome to my first blog post! As the Anti-Piracy Program Manager, I manage the programs we have in place to monitor fraud, cheating, and content security for our exams, certifications, courseware, and books. I work with my colleagues across the business to ensure that we continually combat fraudulent practices that undermine the integrity of our products. We want to ensure that when you buy our content, attend a class, or take an exam, you are given genuine learning material and a secure testing experience.

You may be saying to yourself, “you have an anti-piracy program?”  We sure do. This is always a delicate thing to promote, because while I’m dedicated to ensuring security is an essential part of our certification integrity, to making sure our authors’ work is protected, and to creating a fair candidate experience, I also can’t give away my secrets. I don’t want the pirates and cheaters to know what we do to thwart them! But it is also important that our community of dedicated writers, trainers, test-takers, and learners know that we take security and piracy seriously. We want everyone to have a fair learning and testing experience.

My hope through these blog posts is to educate on some of the fraudulent practices we see plaguing the industry so that our partners and customers are well-informed. Over the next few months I will continue to post on topics (that I can divulge) that let you peek into how we maintain our commitment to anti-piracy. If there are questions you have about our efforts, please let me know!

Some of my best information comes from the community. If you see an incident of fraud or cheating, or if you have a question about the legitimacy of prep materials, or have a security question in general, let me know at mlsecure@microsoft.com.

Kerri Davis

Comments
  • Umapathy
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    I like the certiport exam i.e. running a real Microsoft office product in the exam. Ofcourse the time is limited (within 50 minutes we have to do 17-20 questions). With the adventure of Hyper-V or vitual pc why don't you check the skills via vitualization so that you can check the real skills in almost all the exams. If that is not possible look for stimulation. Less number of MCQ questions would be great. Maintain a database of questions and link to the answers how well the people are responding then you know if the questions leaks quite likly every one or most of them answer correctly or incase if most of them answer incorrectly that may give an indication that exam question may be misleading.

  • Alexey Dubovtsev
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    Hello.

    Is it MOC Delivery under your competention?

    I have in mind that we have a lot of cases when non-MCT person delivers Microsoft Authorized Trainings - sometimes on CPLS territory, sometimes on MS Partners territory. In most cases this non-MCT person gaves printed version of trainer MOCs to students, and doesn't collect MTM evaluations. So there is all kinds of violations - trainer is not MCT, course materials printed from trainer MOC's, MTM is not collected.

    We have a lot of problems with this - because that fake authorized trainings cost is 50% from legal. So there is near 70% of our Microsoft Authorized Trainings is fake and relates with "dirty money".

  • duanedraper
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    Alexey,

    Yes, MOC is part of our Anti-Piracy efforts.

    Please submit any details you can to the MLSecure@microsoft.com alias.