DSCI, Microsoft jointly take noble path with roll out of CyberShikshaa; A program to foster talent and build a pool of women cybersecurity professionals
Underlining the need to reinforce the cybersecurity ecosystem in the nation, Microsoft India and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) have propelled the CyberShikshaa, a 3-year program to make a powerful pool of gifted ladies professionals in the nation. Bolstered by the Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY’s) Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA), CyberShikshaa perceives the developing capability of cybersecurity as a dawn portion and the requirement for a huge base of assorted industry prepared ability.
The program was launched in New Delhi in presence of Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Ms. Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India and Anant Maheshwari, President Microsoft India.
As a part of CyberShikshaa, 1000 ladies from underserved communities will be prepared in ten areas the nation over and offered work opportunities. CyberShikshaa is available to ladies science graduates between the age of 20-27 years. The primary period of the program will be taken off crosswise over Noida, Patna, Hyderabad and Mohali.
Introducing the program, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, stated, “Spanning the skill gap in the niche domain of Cybersecurity is a national objective. There has been an expanded investment from industry, government and academia to create cybersecurity aptitudes required for India. This program set out upon by DSCI and Microsoft is lined up with Ministry’s ISEA program and won’t just give force to spanning the skill gap yet will likewise help draw more women into Cybersecurity domain.”
Talking about the initiative, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, stated, “India is additionally quick developing as a prime goal for offshore cybersecurity R&D and security operations centers. This will prompt the following rush of employments – one we should be prepared for with a gifted workforce. CyberShikshaa is the initial move towards this. We trust this is the start of a development, one that we urge all partners to participate.”
“CyberShikshaa is huge in more routes than one. It will enable women technologists, guarantee a development driven employment for them and increment the cooperation of women in the business,” he included.
As per NASSCOM, the quality of the women workforce in the IT-ITeS industry as of now remains at 34%. CyberShikshaa will build up an exhaustive ecosystem and proselytize women to outfit the opportunities of cybersecurity as a profession. In addition to building up a solid preparing system with capable coaches and framework, it will work to facilitate organizations among government, industry and academia.
CyberShikshaa is part of Microsoft’s commitment to providing the underprivileged with the right skills for sustainable livelihood options in a technology driven world. The company’s skill development efforts focus on:
- Education and skilling of undeserved youth, children, and women
- Coding and computer science skilling for employment
- Technology-enabled learning for inclusion of youth with disabilities
Till date, Microsoft has helped skill around 700,000 young people from rural, tribal and migrant communities of whom more than 400,000 have been placed in jobs.