This is the fourth blog in a series exploring the evolution of the Microsoft Partner Network into the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program. Earlier entriesintroduce the changesand explore the new solutions partner designations forBusiness ApplicationsandModern Workon the Microsoft Partner Blog.
The transition from the Microsoft Partner Network into theMicrosoft Cloud Partner Programis designed to better reflect today’s technological landscape. We’re continuing to help partners explore the new solution partner designations that come with this change, and today’s focus area is especially grounded in the current state of our digital world. TheSolutions partner for Securitydesignation denotes partners who have the skills to protect customers from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks—whether in a remote, hybrid, or cloud environment.
Like the other new solution partner designations, this label maps to an existing partner solution area and will replace the current system of gold and silver competencies. These changes simplify the way partners differentiate themselves, aligning designations to six solution areas focused on the Microsoft Cloud and how customers purchase so that customers will have an easier time identifying those partners who have the specific capabilities they are looking for. The realigned designations will continue to come with exclusive partner benefits and feature new investments focused on the latest cloud technologies.
Below, you’ll find specifics on the requirements, benefits, and resources relevant to becoming a Solutions partner for Security. The “Important dates to know” section will be especially helpful as you plan your path toward the October 3 general availability date.