Microsoft joins hands with DSCI to launch ‘Cyber Shikshha’ in Capital

With an objective to create skilled and industry ready women professionals in the field of Cyber Security, Microsoft in collaboration with Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on Monday launched a professionals course ‘CyberShikshha’ in New Delhi.

The full-time, four month programme will be supported by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) and conducted by CDAC- Centre of Advance Computing, the principal training partner for CyberShikshha.

“In the first phase, the project will be rolled out at Noida, Patna, Hyderabad, and Mohali, in which 500 women engineers will be trained in one year” ,the company said in a statement.

“This is a scholarship based programme, which will also entail not only free –waiver but also recruitment assistance to the candidates,” it said.

Speaking during the launch of Programme, Secretary, Ministry of Electronic and IT Ajay Sawhney said that, as we are heading towards the IT revolution, there is need to bring women workforce in the system is a significant step for the country.

He added that the country is heading towards digitisation and the field of cyber security would create significant opportunities to take the digital economy to 1 trillion dollars.

Talking about opportunities and importance of the project, Anant Maheshwari, President Microsoft India said that India has created lots of digital assets in the last few years and to protect these assets we need more workforce and this is good initiative to achieve it. “We need to grow in the cyber security industry as its growth stand now in single digit percentage,” he said. He asserted that we need to develop a comprehensive cyber security training eco-system for promoting women candidates in the Cyber industry.

The prime objective of the project is to connect with underserved women form Tier2/Tire 3 cities and to align a carries path in Cyber security.
Cyber Security Task Force CSTF reports of NASSCOM and DSCI target to take the cyber security industry to 35 billion dollars by taking the security skilled workforce to 1 million by 2025.

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