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The Microsoft SC-400 certification exam measures the candidate’s ability to achieve technical tasks such as implementing information protection, data loss prevention, and execution of information governance. ‘SC-400′ is the official code for this exam. You earn ‘Microsoft certified information protection administrator associate’ certification by clearing this exam. It is considered a critical certification for professionals in the cyber security field.
Cyber Security Future Predictions
The cybercrime rate is alarming. Almost every week, a high-profile cybercrime gets reported. Every business is in its unique stage of digital transformation. However, it doesn’t matter how far your organization has gone. Security should be the topmost priority as it has always been and will always be the first consideration.
Gartner reports that 60% of firms consider cybersecurity a threat in evaluating third-party transactions and business engagements. According to a market research report by Markets and Markets, The cybersecurity market will grow from USD 240.27 billion in 2022 to USD 345.38 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.5% during the years 2022-2026. The cyber security estimates may be from one consulting firm to another, based on what they consider in the purview of security and the methods they use for estimations. But all these reports confirm that cyber security is thriving and infer its rapid market growth.
Overview of SC-400 Certification
It is an associate-level exam requiring foundational knowledge of Microsoft security and compliance technologies (like the SC-900 curriculum). This examination demands an understanding of information protection and cloud computing concepts. Candidates should be able to comprehend Microsoft 365 products and services (like from the MS-900 curriculum).
My Preparation Strategy for SC-400 Exams
The best resource to clear this examination is to follow the ‘Microsoft learning path.’ There are three modules in this course. The first module mainly focuses on implementing information protection in Microsoft 365. The weightage of this concept in the examination is 35-40%. The key concepts to focus on in this module are classification of data for protection and governance, creation and management of sensitive information types, Microsoft 365 encryption, deployment of message encryption in Office 365, the configuration of sensitivity labels, and application and managing sensitivity labels.
The second module focuses on the implementation of data loss prevention. The weightage of this concept in the examination is 30-35%.
The prevention of data loss in Microsoft 365, implementation of endpoint data loss prevention, Configuration of DLP policies for Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps and Power Platform, and Management of DLP policies and reports in Microsoft 365 are vital concepts to be focused on in this module.
The third module focuses on the implementation of information governance. The weightage of this concept in the examination is 25-30%.
The key concepts to focus on in this module are- ‘the governance of information, management of data retention, and records management in Microsoft 365.’
Job opportunities for SC-400 Certification
SC-400 certification provides the candidate with data protection, information security, and data security opportunities. This certification opens up a opportunities for professionals. A candidate with SC-400 certification is eligible for various jobs in the IT field like AIP MIP Engineer, Office Manager Security, Information Technology Systems Administrator, Information Security Specialist, Data Privacy Specialist, Application Security Engineer, and Security Engineer Data Protection. Top employers such as Wipro, Nokia, United Health Group, Amazon, ADCI, Amazon Web Services, Leedfeeder, PINNACLE INFOTECH INC, DBS Bank, and HDFC Bank will provide the opportunity for recruitment for the candidate with SC-400 certification. The candidate can expect entry-level jobs with a pay package of less than 300k. A decent pay package in the range of 300k-599k is available using this certification. Also, you can eran an attractive pay package of 600k-899k can be obtained by having this certification.
The total exam time for SC-400 is 120 minutes, and the nature of the questions is multiple choice. It is better to check in at least 30 minutes before the examination. Time management is one of the crucial parameters in this exam. All the participants have a countdown timer for the exam. A question can be marked as under review if it takes more time to answer. Some questions in the exam don’t allow the participant to revisit and should answer instantaneously. There is no negative marking for the wrong option chosen in this examination. The candidate can take the liberty of guessing the answer in case of doubt. You can take the exam by using the exam registration link-
How CloudThat Helps You Crack SC-400 Exams
CloudThat is the world’s leading training & Consulting services provider on Cloud, DevOps, Security, AI&ML, IoT, and Big Data for midsize and enterprise clients globally. CloudThat being the Microsoft Gold Partner and pioneer in cloud training in India since 2012 is the right ally for nurturing the cloud skills of the candidate. CloudThat frequently conducts SC-400 free training to enhance the knowledge of aspirants appearing for the certification exam. The training is provided by various experts and industry-certified trainers. The certification training is bundled with access to Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC), hands-on lab sessions, and Test Preparation portal to take up mock exams.
The candidates can register and attend these courses to gain more confidence in attempting the examination. All types of doubts related to SC-400 certification will be addressed by CloudThat mentors during the free webinars on this certification.
1. How many questions are on the SC 400?
Here is a snapshot of the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator exam components:
- No. of Questions: 65 Questions
- Exam Format: Multiple Choice Questions, Drag and Drop, Multiple Answers, Scenario-based questions
- Duration of the Exams: 2 Hours
- Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Indonesian.
2. How much does it cost to take a Microsoft certification exam?
The certification exam fees is 165 USD or 4800 INR. The price varies from country to country.