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Cloud Security Advanced Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

Showcase your organization's capabilities and proven experience implementing comprehensive protection across your customers' Microsoft Azure, hybrid, and multicloud environments by earning the Cloud Security advanced specialization.

As the use of cloud services continues to grow, cyber risks and threats continue to evolve. There has been a 27 percent increase in cloud and SaaS threats over the last year alone,1 and 52 percent of customers cite data security concerns as a barrier to cloud expansion.2 Attacks are more frequent, more sophisticated, and more costly than ever, and it's likely the trend will continue.

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 administrators of an organization’s Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Cloud Security advanced specialization on behalf of the organization. If you have the appropriate role and access, you can apply by signing into Partner Center and navigating to your Partner Center dashboard > Competencies > Advanced Specialization.

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, either automatically or by manual review, and are subject to change.

Details

Maintain an active Gold Security competency.

Details

Achieve a minimum Azure consumed revenue (ACR) for Security workloads of USD200,000 in the trailing 12-month (TTM) period.

We will only use Partner Admin Link (PAL) and CSP as the available partner attribution. 

Qualified products:
Hybrid Environment XDR:

  • Azure Security Center
  • Azure Defender
  • Network Security:

  • Azure Firewall
  • Azure Firewall Manager
  • Azure WAF
  • DDOS Protection
  • Azure Bastion
  • To be measured by Customer Partner of Record (CPOR), CSP, Digital Partner of Record (DPOR), and PAL partner attributions.

    Service Level 4:

  • Azure Defender for SQL
  • Azure Defender for container registries
  • Azure Defender for Kubernetes
  • Azure Defender for Storage
  • Application Gateway WAF v2
  • WAF Application Gateway
  • Azure Active Directory B2C
  • Azure Active Directory Domain Services
  • Azure Active Directory for External Identities
  • Azure Bastion
  • Azure DDOS Protection
  • Azure Firewall
  • Azure Firewall Manager
  • Azure Front Door Service
  • Azure Defender for IoT
  • Azure Dedicated HSM
  • Key Vault
  • Network Watcher
  • Azure Defender for App Service
  • Azure Defender for servers
  • Sentinel
  • Details

    Your company must have at least six individuals pass the following exam: AZ-500 Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies - Learn | Microsoft Docs.
    AND
    Four individuals pass the following exam: SC-200 exam Exam SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst - Learn | Microsoft Docs.

    Details

    Provide three customer references that demonstrate your organization’s ability to deploy Microsoft Security workloads. Review our customer reference guidelines before submitting.