Microsoft launches cybersecurity skilling program to address the security skills gap in India

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  • Industry’s first comprehensive cybersecurity skilling program to empower India’s workforce for a career in security
  • This initiative aims to skill 1 lakh learners by 2022

New Delhi, December 7th, 2021: As digital adoption curves continue to rise, the cybersecurity landscape has evolved significantly, driving demand for skilled security professionals. To address this skills gap and empower India’s workforce for a career in cybersecurity, Microsoft today launched a first of its kind cybersecurity skilling program that aims to skill over 1 lakh learners by 2022.

The program is designed to give learners hands-on experience in the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity. Microsoft will conduct these courses along with its strategic consortium of partners including Cloudthat, Koenig, RPS, and Synergetics Learning. The course modules are designed to support all levels of learners, regardless of where they are in their cybersecurity journey.

Commenting on the initiative, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said, Trust and security are at the heart of who we are as a company, and we work closely with governments, civil society and organizations across the world to help them stay secure. Investing in cybersecurity skilling and preparing the next generation of security leaders is a big part of that effort. Microsoft is deeply committed to democratize skilling for all and this program is a strong step in making cybersecurity skilling accessible and affordable for all.”

Microsoft has introduced four new security, compliance, and identity certifications, of which the accredited certification for Fundamentals will be offered at zero-cost for any individual who attends the associated training through this initiative. Additionally, in collaboration with its partners, Microsoft, offers learners deeply discounted offers on the rest of the advanced role-based certifications to drive deep skills for addressing cybersecurity challenges.

Speaking about this, Rohit Aggarwal, CEO- Koenig Solutions, said, “Koenig has been a Microsoft partner for over 20 years. Microsoft’s deep commitment to skilling is unparalleled in the IT world. Security is the keystone on which the future of IT hinges. We are therefore enthused to join this well-designed initiative. If we can achieve the goal of 100,000 learners, we would be proud to have played a significant role in the vision of Digital India.”

Prasad Balakrishnan, CEO & Executive Director – RPS Consulting, said, “Need for security literacy is at its peak. Also, security talent is not just a need of the hour, but an urgency. We strongly believe “Get Secured, Get Certified” campaign shall have significant impact on employability and overall skill development aspirations. We are very happy to be part of the movement.“

Bhavesh Goswami, CEO – CloudThat Technologies, said, “Security is an area where Microsoft is really the leader in terms of the depth and breadth of solutions. This program has really helped people get an introduction to the Microsoft Security suite and make a career out of it.”

Ajay Khankhoje, CEO – Synergetics Information Technology Services India Pvt. Ltd, said, “As learning and development professionals, we have identified cybersecurity as a key area that is extremely important for successful digital transformation in the Indian enterprise world. This initiative from Microsoft will go a long way in bridging the skill gap and building the foundation of security for enterprise data centers in India”

This partnership is an extension of Microsoft’s global skilling initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills. Over 3 million people have been skilled in India through this initiative. Microsoft is working closely with the government, industry, and civil society partners on several skilling initiatives to make India’s youth future ready.

Learners can apply for the course here.

About Microsoft India

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 16,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organizations.

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