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Information Protection and Governance Advanced Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

Validate your organization’s capabilities to deploy Microsoft Information Protection workloads and provide proactive strategies that enhance data security for customers, with the Information Protection and Governance advanced specialization.

With the exponential growth of data and increasing data mobility, customers need expert guidance on implementing effective information protection solutions, and they need strategic insights that allow them to better manage and mitigate the risks associated with unstructured data—all while ensuring compliance with regulations across different regions, such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

The Information Protection and Governance advanced specialization allows partners with an active Gold Security competency to differentiate their organizations, validate their capabilities, and build stronger connections with customers. This opportunity is available only to partners who meet stringent service delivery and support requirements.

Partners who earn an advanced specialization will have a customer-facing label displayed on their business profile page and be prioritized in customer searches in the Microsoft Solution Provider Finder.

Learn more about advanced specializations.

How do I apply?

Only the administrator of your organization’s Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Information Protection and Governance advanced specialization. If you are the administrator, apply by logging in to your Partner Center account and navigating to the Advanced Specializations section of your dashboard.

What are the requirements?

Eligible partners must meet the highest standards for service delivery and support. All requirements will be verified by Microsoft and/or a third-party vendor via manual review, and are subject to change.


Attain a Gold Security competency.


Azure Information Protection (AIP) OR Microsoft Information Protection (MIP).


A minimum of 1,000 Monthly Active Usage (MAU) growth of Azure Information Protection (AIP) or Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) in a trailing 12-month period (CPOR data).


Six individuals with MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administrator.


Three customer references that demonstrate your organization’s deep knowledge, extensive experience, and proven ability to deploy Microsoft Information Protection workloads. Please review our customer reference guidelines and template instructions before submitting.


Your advanced specialization and associated benefits will remain in place for one year but require that you keep your gold competency status in place. If you do not maintain your Gold Security competency, you will lose your advanced specialization status. On your renewal date, you will need to meet the current requirements, which may evolve over time.