Dan Truax General Manager, Partner Digital Experiences and Programs, One Commercial Partner

Differentiating your organization with an advanced specialization in threat protection

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Digital transformation has evolved many businesses into tech companies, and as a result cybersecurity has continued to gain prominence—not only among IT professionals but across all departments. High-profile incidents over the past several years have driven home the importance of security for business leaders, and the accelerated adoption of remote work this year has further elevated the importance of guarding the data your organization depends on to operate.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual moment that helps all of us to focus on evangelizing the importance of cybersecurity to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safe online. Throughout the month, I encourage you to accept Tracey Pretorius’s challenge from her recent blog post, where she encouraged all of us to “reflect on your own organization’s security journey and to consider what else you can do to keep the people and information that your company depends on safe.”

Microsoft is committed to ensuring you have the resources and guidance you need to help your organization—and ultimately your customers—secure your data. With this in mind, I’m thrilled to announce our new Microsoft Threat Protection advanced specialization. We will also be launching an additional advanced specialization in this area next month, one focused on identity and access management (more on that soon).

Advanced specialization—Microsoft Threat Protection  

The Threat Protection advanced specialization validates your technical capabilities in partnering with customers to deploy Microsoft 365 or Azure Defender, Microsoft Cloud App Security, or Azure Sentinel workloads. To earn an advanced specialization in this area, partners with an active gold Security competency must meet a stringent set of requirements including performance criteria, passing exams and certifications, and providing validated customer references.

While achieving an advanced specialization requires an investment of time and resources, doing so is an effective way to showcase your technical capabilities and expertise, which helps to differentiate your organization in the marketplace. Advanced specializations help customers to easily identify the companies that are best positioned to meet their needs, and they open up greater visibility for your organization in customer searches and the Microsoft partner directory.

As the rapid pace of digital transformation continues to reshape the digital landscape, cybersecurity will only increase in relevance for individuals, organizations, governments and communities across the globe. I encourage all of our partners to work towards achieving an advanced specialization in Threat Protection so you’re better positioned to meet the evolving cybersecurity needs of your customers.

You can review a list of all advanced specializations currently offered for the Microsoft Partner Network here.