Microsoft expands CyberShikshaa program
In collaboration with Tata STRIVE, the ICT Academy, and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Microsoft has announced the expansion of its CyberShikshaa program. The programme, according to the technology giant, aims to provide 10,000 students with internship or employment opportunities while reaching 45,000 women and underserved adolescents with technical skills for jobs in cybersecurity.
Through several training batches, CyberShikshaa, which Microsoft and DSCI established in 2018, has taught 1,100 women and hired more than 800 of them. According to a formal announcement from Microsoft, more than 5,000 underprivileged youngsters have also received training in Cybersecurity Beginners modules.
Launched in June 2022, CyberShikshaa for Educators with ICT Academy is the newest addition to the CyberShikshaa portfolio and will teach 400 faculty members on cybersecurity.
Rama Vedashree, the former CEO of DSCI, Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft Corp., Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, national technology officer at Microsoft India, Hari Balachandran, CEO of the ICT Academy, and Rajarshi Mukherjee, principal lead – partnerships at Tata STRIVE were all present when the announcement was made in New Delhi. An impact report with anecdotes from program participants over the previous four years was also made public by Microsoft and DSCI.
In order to build a more secure and resilient cyberspace, the government and industry are collaborating more closely than ever, according to Rama Vedashree, a former CEO of DSCI who has led the programme since its start. “This programme has had a huge impact over the past four years by giving women access to cybersecurity training and jobs. We are optimistic that the extension of CyberShikshaa to include specialised trainings targeted at particular industries will contribute to closing the skills gap and give organizations access to talent that is prepared for the workplace.”
According to Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer for Microsoft India, investment in cybersecurity talent development is essential as the threat landscape for cybersecurity grows more complicated. “Microsoft and its partners are committed to developing the next generation of security professionals and ensuring a robust and diverse cybersecurity workforce in India,” reads a statement from CyberShikshaa.
In more than 100 locations across India, including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi NCR, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal, CyberShikshaa training are offered.