SC-400 Course Extras and Exam Prep

Overview & My Tips

SC-400 or Microsoft Information Protection Administrator is one of the security & compliance certifications and is aimed at information protection roles.  Although the SC series cover the wider Microsoft Cloud (azure, Microsoft 365, Power Platform and Dynamics 365) this course and exam is primarily focused on Microsoft 365.

As an Information Protection Administrator you need an understanding of where Microsoft 365 stores its data, so a bit of Exchange, SharePoint and Teams knowledge is helpful though not essential.

You MUST be familiar with the security features available in the Microsoft cloud and therefore you would be well served to also attend the MS-900 or SC-900 courses, pass the exams and/or review extras pages for these before taking the SC-400 exam.

Disclaimer: All these links were correct at the time of posting.  But the Cloud changes regularly, so the referenced articles my change/be removed.  Please do post a comment if you spot a broken link or have suggestions to add so others can benefit too.

General References

Taking a Microsoft Professional Exam

There are a number of blogs about taking MCP exams.  My personal favourites are:

Pre-study References

Before attending an SC-400 course you should have a good understanding of what Microsoft 365 is and the features it includes.  These resources can help.

Microsoft Learn Learning Paths (SC-400)

References by Exam Objectives

Based on exam Objective from July 23, 2021

Implement Information Protection (35-40%)

Create and manage sensitive information types

Create and manage trainable classifiers

Implement and manage sensitivity labels

Plan and implement encryption for email messages

Blogs, Videos & Demos:


Implement Data Loss Prevention (30-35%)

Create and configure data loss prevention policies

Implement and monitor Microsoft Endpoint data loss prevention

Manage and monitor data loss prevention policies and activities

Blogs, Videos & Demos:


Implement Information Governance (25-30%)

Configure retention policies and labels

Manage data retention in Microsoft 365

Implement records management in Microsoft 365

Blogs, Videos & Demos:

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