Microsoft launches its Cybersecurity Skills Plan to train 10,000 new professionals in France in 3 years – News Center

National awareness campaign on cyber reflexes and professions
Training of future computer security professionals in France
New Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon for job seekers

Issy-les-Moulineaux, May 31, 2022 – In a context of cybersecurity talent shortage, Microsoft is unveiling an ambitious plan to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and strengthen IT security skills in France. A new Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon will be opened to train future professionals in the sector.

While securing their IT environments is a priority for organizations, in a context where threats are increasing exponentially, there are still too few experts trained in cybersecurity. In France alone, there are today 15,000 positions available but not covered in the cybersecurity sector (source: Wavestone, March 2022).

The Observatory conducted by Microsoft with IDC among French private and public companies also reveals that 52% of French companies consider protection against targeted attacks their main priority in terms of IT security products and solutions, and 70% of between them plan to increase their security spending. Otherwise, 64% of organizations say they make cybersecurity education and awareness to their employees a priority over the next two years.

To meet these challenges and expectations on the part of French organisations, Microsoft reaffirms its strategy around the 4 pillars Detect, Protect, Raise Awareness and Trainand announces a Cybersecurity Skills Plan on the occasion of an event dedicated to the Cyber ​​Campus of La Défense, a totem place of cybersecurity in France.

With this nationwide training plan, we aim to train 10,000 new cybersecurity professionals by 2025, and intend to strengthen the skills of professionals in the sector through our continuing education programs. This year, already 10,000 of them have been affected by these programs, which are essential at a time when the number of cyberattacks is increasing. I am convinced of the potential of our commitment alongside expert partners and hope that all those who wish can embrace a career in cybersecurity, whatever their profile. »highlighted Corine de Bilbao, President of Microsoft France.

the plan is broken down into 2 priorities :

Raising awareness of good cybersecurity practices and discovering its professions:

  • Microsoft is launching a campaign to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and professions in the form of a educational kit called “Cybersecurity, my future job”. Intended for high school students, this guide produced by Microsoft cybersecurity experts aims to give basic advice on how to protect themselves against attacks, but also to introduce young people to the different professions in the sector while sweeping away preconceived ideas about these professions. The kit can be used by teachers in the classroom or by cybersecurity professionals in forums, orientation and job fairs for high schools and students. The kit includes a participant guide as well as a speaker guide to facilitate the animation of the various awareness sequences. It is made publicly available under a Creative Commons license on Github at the following address: aka.ms/cyberkit. A first successful experiment with high school students from the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux took place last April.

Jérôme Notin, CEO of Cybermalveillance.gouv.frpoints out about this educational kit:
We encourage this approach aimed at introducing young people to careers in cybersecurity. : let’s inspire today the new talents of tomorrow. »

Train cybersecurity professionals:

  • Train future professionals : since 2018, Microsoft has established several partnerships with engineering schools and higher education. In particular, we offer a “Defensive cybersecurity in a Microsoft environment” MOOC to students from ECE Paris, EPITA, EPITECH and EFREI Paris. From the start of the 2022 academic year, this training will also be offered to students of Ecole 2600 and Guardia Cybersecurity School, as well as to students in BTS SIO (Computer Services to Organizations). Until now, 220 students per year took this 3-week course as part of their course. With this expanded system, they will now be 1,000 in the coming school year alone.

  • Train current professionals : becoming an expert in cybersecurity is not enough, you must remain so throughout your career because attack and defense technologies are constantly evolving. We must go further in the training of professionals.
    • The program Enterprise Skills Initiative (ESI) is intended for Microsoft customers and partners and offers a whole range of training methods (autonomous online modules on Microsoft Learn, courses with instructors, Labs, OpenHacks, Cloud Games, preparation for certifications). It allows you to learn continuously and validate your professional skills by obtaining Microsoft certifications on security, identity management and digital compliance for all environments from workstations to private data centers, in the cloud or hybrids.
    • the Cybersecurity Institute, with our partner Avanade, is aimed at professionals wishing to improve their skills. Since July 2021, a first certifying training cycle, delivered in English and full-time, has been supervised by cybersecurity experts from Avanade and Microsoft, and is intended for their new employees. This 2-month program includes theoretical modules and practical work modules. Designed for profiles experienced in infrastructure or cloud, the Cybersecurity Institute aims to train professionals wishing to enrich their skills and become operational quickly on cybersecurity issues in Avanade teams.

  • Train job seekers : with the opening of a Ecole Cyber ​​Microsoft by Simplon whose ambition is to train 100 job seekers from the first year. This new cybersecurity training offer, developed in partnership with Simplon.co, offers training for all job seekers without the prerequisite of a diploma or prior experience in the field. The Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon will revolve around two complementary programs:
    • A 8 week prequalification period to join a Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon, with learning the basics – such as risk identification, rights management, component inventory, etc. – and a Microsoft SC900 security certification offered at the end of the course. The first prequalification airlock will start in June 2022 and will accommodate around twenty learners.
    • the School course which extends over 3 months of intensive training, and 15 months in work-study to be trained as a Cloud and Hybrid Security Operator. This course will be launched in September 2022 with a first promotion of around twenty learners sponsored by Advens, the independent French leader in cybersecurity. This training will deliver an existing RNCP level 6 professional qualification, equivalent to Bac+2/3, as a Secure Infrastructure Administrator.

Frédéric Bardeau, president and co-founder of Simplon.co:

“It’s time to get out of the ‘hacker in a hoodie’ stereotype. This remains a cliché that hides the wide variety of professions and levels of qualification required in the world of cybersecurity.

With the Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon, we seek to reproduce what we have done on artificial intelligence: open these professions to more diverse, more feminine and more inclusive profiles. Our whole life is now found on the cloud, so we must train these professionals dedicated to the protection of these critical infrastructures, to secure our data, our economy and our country. »

David Buhan, Managing Director of Advens:

We are very happy that Advens is associated with the creation of the Microsoft Cyber ​​School by Simplon, and to be the sponsor of the 1st Cloud & Hybrid Security Operator promotion.

This innovative program aimed at under-represented audiences in our sector is a response to the shortage in the sector. This approach is fully in line with our desire to make Cyber ​​more inclusive. Inclusion is undoubtedly a lever to strengthen the ranks of the cyber sector and to have a positive impact on our society.

By associating a world leader in tech, a leader in training and active pedagogy and a pure player leader in cybersecurity, we are helping to train the best cyber-defenders of tomorrow. And we intend to bring our entire ecosystem to support and sustainably integrate these new learners into the Cyber ​​sector! »

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