Microsoft Italy announces, theAlliance for Work, a new project to spread digital skills among students and professionals. In particular, the program arrives Microsoft Cybersecurity Skilling: in just one month 30 free online and face-to-face courses on cyber security.
Microsoft Cybersecurity Skilling, off to the training plan
Training courses for Microsoft companies and partners, both for professionals and students: beyond 1000 people involved. The goal is to provide security expertise, something necessary. In fact in 2021, the Microsoft Security team blocked over 9.6 billion malware threats e more than 35.7 billion phishing and other malicious emails.
The need for professionals capable of responding to these threats is therefore evident. Also because the Cybersecurity Specialist is among the 25 most requested professions in Italy. But unfortunately only 40% of workers received specific cyber security training (
Microsoft then decided, along with partners like Digital World Foundation e Pipelineto offer training courses for the cybersecurity skill gap.
Companies will have specific courses to obtain globally recognized certifications. Instead to the students Microsoft, along with Digital World Foundation, aims to provide general knowledge on the concepts of cloud computing, security and compliance. The upskilling path for i is also interesting professionalsdesigned in conjunction with Pipeline. Which provides the knowledge needed to implement Microsoft Azure-based security controls and identity management solutions. Finally, also the initiatives on the Cloud Champion platform dedicated to the ecosystem of Microsoft partners.
Cyber security paths for everyone
Silvia Candiani, CEO of Microsoft Italy, explains it well. “The growth of risks and threats is now under everyone’s eyes. Unfortunately, there is a skill gap between companies on the security front and this can cause a potential delay in the detection time of violations and consequently a cost of managing the cyber threat on which the longevity of the business can sometimes depend “.
The solution cannot be solely technical. “Cutting-edge technologies are no longer enough, but highly qualified personnel capable of dealing with any critical situation are needed. The lack of talent in this sector is a very urgent challenge: to give an example, just think that in the United States 1 in 3 jobs in security is vacant – almost 2.5 million – with an impact in terms of delay in the detection time of a cyber breach up to 287 days. With the Alliance for Work, which I hope new members will join soon, and the Cybersecurity Skilling program, we want to face this challenge with a collaborative spirit by providing companies, students and professionals with a platform to help them face the future with right tools “.
The initiative is part of the project Ambition Italy, an important five-year plan by Microsoft Italy launched in 2020. Which has the ambitious (indeed) goal of training people and organizations through digital innovation. An investment from $ 1.5 billion in technology. Also with the intention of launching the first Microsoft Cloud Region in Italy. And provide digital skills to 3 million students, professionals and the unemployed by September 2022.
All courses are available at this online address: Microsoft Against Cyber Threats.