Mastering Microsoft’s SC-400 Exam: Your Ultimate Guide

Mastering Microsoft’s SC-400 Exam: Your Ultimate Guide

If you’re looking to prove your expertise in securing and protecting Microsoft 365 workloads, passing the SC-400 exam is your key to success. Microsoft’s SC-400, “Administering Information Protection and Compliance in Microsoft 365” is a critical step in validating your skills in data protection, threat protection, and compliance.

How to Prepare for the SC-400 Exam

Here are some steps to help you prepare for the SC-400 exam:

1. Understand the Exam Objectives

Review the official exam objectives provided by Microsoft. Make sure you are familiar with the content that will be covered in the exam.

2. Study Materials

Utilise the following resources to help you prepare:

  • Microsoft Learn: Microsoft’s official learning platform offers free training materials, including modules, videos, and hands-on labs.
  • Practice Exams: Look for “Take a free practice assessment” to test your knowledge and get a feel for the exam format.

3. Hands-On Experience

Practical experience is crucial for this exam. Set up a Microsoft 365 environment and practice implementing security and compliance solutions. The more hands-on experience you have, the more confident you’ll be on exam day. See previous blog posts Join the Developer 365 Program – Includes E5 License – 90 days Rolling | Stephen Hackers Blog on how to set up a dev environment.

My Study Note Tips – 09/11/23 These are my own comments and research. Please validate any thoughts and comments. Any inaccuracies or changes is up to you to identify.

Microsoft Purview – Learn all about it!
Microsoft Purview roles  SeeUnderstand access and permissions inside the Microsoft Purview governance portal | Microsoft Learn

Implementing Microsoft 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

  • Endpoint DLP –  Endpoint DLP policy (a DLP policy that applies to Devices) but can be applied to users as well as Microsoft 365, distribution, or mail-enabled security groups.
  • DLP Alerts – A DLP alert can have one of the following statuses: Active, Investigating, Dismissed, or Resolved. Regardless of the alert status, you can change its status to one of the remaining three statuses.
  • DLP Licenses – Feature requires Microsoft Entra ID P1 or Microsoft Entra ID P2 Microsoft 365 guidance for security & compliance – Service Descriptions | Microsoft Learn

Implementing Microsoft 365 Information Protection, Compliance, Search and Auditing

Labels – Learn all about Sensitivity Labels

  • A sensitivity label can define three types of content markings: watermark, header, and footer.
  • Sensitive information type (SIT) & Category like Bundled Named Entity, Document fingerprinting to create a custom SIT (custom SIT pattern must include a primary element and a confidence level.). You can create a new keyword dictionary or access existing dictionaries as part of creating a new SIT by using the Microsoft Purview compliance portal. Exact Data Match (EDM) SIT,
  • Trainable classifier’s “a tool you can train to recognize various types of content by giving it samples to look at.” & “You need to have at least 50 positive samples and can have as many as 500.” Get started with trainable classifiers | Microsoft Learn

Useful links

Activity Explorer

Microsoft Purview Message Encryption

  • Setup Email encryption ( Using Exchange Admin Centre ) Set up Microsoft Purview Message Encryption | Microsoft Learn *Note Azure Right Management (Azure RMS) must be activated. To verify whether Microsoft Purview Advanced Message Encryption is configured properly, you must run the Test-IRMConfiguration cmdlet.

Compliance Manager

Content Search and E-Discovery

Disposition, Deletion, Archiving and Retention in Microsoft 365

Insider Risk Management

Best of luck in your SC-400 journey!
For more information and updates on the SC-400 exam, visit the Microsoft Certification website.

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