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New Learning Path for IT Pros on the Front Line of Cybersecurity

Matthew Calder (MVA)

Now more than ever, as an IT Pro, you likely spend your days focusing on security for your organization—its servers, devices, data, and application. In fact, as The Wall Street Journal points out, “All IT jobs are cybersecurity jobs now.”

In today’s ever-evolving threat landscape, you may be wondering how to stay on top of it all. We can help. Microsoft has built a set of strategies and integrated capabilities to help you solve your enterprise security challenges. To help you make the most of them, Microsoft Virtual Academy recently announced a new “Security for IT Pros” learning path, which offers an in-depth look at a number of security topics from an enterprise security perspective.

Plan to spend about 11 hours on this self-paced series. Go through video tutorials, watch demos, and take assessments. Plus, earn an MVA badge for completing the learning path, and share them with your colleagues and friends through email or social media.

Need specifics on the Cybersecurity Reference Architecture? Download the architecture, and dive into the course. Tired of playing malware whack-a-mole? Learn about Windows 10 Device Guard. Why stop there? The courses in this learning path include:

Get guidance on planning and implementing a security strategy to protect a hybrid of on-premises and cloud assets against advanced cybersecurity threats—one of the greatest challenges facing information security organizations today.

In this brief but powerful enterprise security course, find out how can you best utilize Windows Server 2016 as an active participant in your datacenter security and how it can help protect against and detect threats.

If you’re moving from a Windows Server 2012 fabric to a Windows Server 2016 guarded fabric, don’t miss this hands-on, brick-by-brick step-through of a live Windows Server 2016 guarded fabric deployment, and see how easy it is, with the right hardware and software.

Get an in-depth look at the design, architecture, and deployment of Credential Guard, a feature of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, which provides secure storage of operating system secrets. And see how Credential Guard mitigates “Pass the Hash” and lateral traversal attacks.

With more than 300,000 new malicious files created every day, the fight against malware using traditional techniques, like signature-based detection, can be extremely frustrating. See how Windows 10 Device Guard can fundamentally change the game for enterprise security.

Get a practical look at the Windows Event architecture, log structure, and what actions you should monitor to improve your organization’s security. Learn how to use the event data which has been collected, identify the best audit policy for your organization, and lots more.

Find out what you need to become a digital forensic professional, incident responder, and media exploitation expert, capable of piecing together Windows system events. See what it takes to investigate cybercrimes, like fraud, insider threats, industrial espionage, and more.

If you’re ready for next steps, get deeper dives on edX, including more hands-on labs and detailed assessments. These courses can add to your enterprise security knowledge and skills, and they complement the MVA learning path training:

Identity truly is the new perimeter. As you build a cybersecurity defense plan, learn best practices around Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, and identity management.

Dive into the new security architecture and features of Windows 10, and learn how to enable them, as you gain the insights and knowledge you'll need for the future. Stay ahead of the security curve!

Explore the new layers of protection built into Windows Server 2016. Learn to further safeguard against security breaches by blocking malicious attacks and enhancing the security of your virtual machines, applications, and data.

Microsoft Virtual Academy and edX have what you need to stay on top of the security landscape and to learn the concepts and tools you need to combat the ever-growing array of cyber threats.

Skill up now!