Microsoft certified professionals earn 15% more on average than their peers according to The Business Value of IT Certification, a 2015 survey conducted by IDC and Microsoft. Since then, several other surveys have continued to prove the value of certification for both technology professionals as well as the companies they work for:
- According to a 2017 survey by Global Knowledge, Microsoft certifications represent 3 of the top 15 highest-paying technology related certifications.
- In Pearson VUE’s 2016 Value of IT Certification Survey, 33% of certified respondents received either a promotion or a salary increase after they achieved certifications.
So with that in mind, do you:
- Implement security controls, manage identity and access, and protect data, apps and networks?
- Identify and remediate vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools, implement threat protection, and respond to security incident escalations?
- Have strong skills in scripting and automation, a deep understanding of networking and virtualization, and a strong familiarity with cloud capabilities, Microsoft Azure products and services, and other Microsoft products and services?
If so, this could be the certification for you! The new Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate certification has one exam that is currently in beta: AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Engineer.
Preparing for Beta Exams
- Review the AZ-500 prep guide and practise the skills listed.
- Find classroom and online training from Microsoft Learning Partners.
- Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn.
- Need more preparation ideas? Check out Liberty Munson’s blog post on preparing for beta exams.
The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam and More Tips About Beta Exams.
Keep in mind that these exams are in beta, so you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.