the need to bolster the cybersecurity ecosystem in the country, Microsoft India
and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) have launched the CyberShikshaa, a 3-year program to create a
robust pool of skilled women professionals in the country. Supported by the
Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY)’s Information Security Education
& Awareness (ISEA), CyberShikshaa recognizes the growing potential of
cybersecurity as a sunrise segment and the need for a large base of diverse industry
program was launched in New Delhi today in the presence of Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics &
IT, Ms. Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data
Security Council of India and Mr. Anant
Maheshwari, President Microsoft India.
part of CyberShikshaa, 1000 women from underserved communities will be trained in
ten locations across the country and offered employment opportunities. CyberShikshaa is open to women
science graduates between the age of 20-27 years. The first phase of the
program will be rolled out across Noida, Patna, Hyderabad and Mohali starting
Inaugurating the program, Shri Ajay
Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, said, “Bridging
the skill gap in the niche domain of Cybersecurity is a national imperative.
There has been an increased participation from industry, government and
academia to develop cybersecurity skills required for India. This program
embarked upon by DSCI and Microsoft is aligned with Ministry’s ISEA program and
will not only provide impetus to bridging the skill gap but will also help draw
more women into Cybersecurity domain.”
Speaking of the initiative, Mr.
Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said, “As India leapfrogs
into the next phase of growth, we see a multi-fold growth of digital assets.
This increases the need for an enhanced cybersecurity infrastructure and
advanced security solutions. India is also fast emerging as a prime destination
for offshore cybersecurity R&D and security operations centers. This will
lead to the next wave of jobs – one we must be ready for with a skilled
workforce. CyberShikshaa is the first step towards this. We believe this is the
beginning of a movement, one that we encourage all stakeholders to join in.”
significant in more ways than one. It will empower women technologists, ensure
a growth driven livelihood for them and increase the participation of women in
the industry,” he added.
to NASSCOM, the strength of the women workforce in the IT-ITeS industry
currently stands at 34%.
CyberShikshaa will develop a comprehensive ecosystem and evangelize women to
harness the opportunities of cybersecurity as a career. In addition to establishing a strong training
network with competent trainers and infrastructure, it will work to facilitate
partnerships amongst government, industry and academia.
of the association Ms. Rama Vedashree,
CEO, Data Security Council of India said, Cybersecurity skills
development and enabling growth opportunities to women talent in cybersecurity
domain is a key imperative for government and industry. DSCI is pleased to
partner with Microsoft in developing industry ready women cybersecurity
professionals though the CyberShikshaa program.”
The training program comprise an interactive, 4-month training course with a
combination of theory, case studies and practical hands on projects managed by
a group of training partners led by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
(C-DAC) and NIELIT Patna. It will also include mentoring sessions and workshops with industry
leaders; soft skills training and technical sessions by Microsoft employee
volunteers. Campus interviews will be organized for students on successful
completion of the course.
As part of this program, C-DAC, MeitY's premier R&D institution for the design, development and deployment of electronic and ICT technologies,
and NIELIT, National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology,
formerly known as the DOEACC Society, is a society that offers
information technology training at different levels.
It is associated with the Ministry of Electronics and Information
Technology of the Government of India would be conducting training programs exclusively for women and making
them Industry ready by imparting the requisite technical skills in the
domain of Cyber Security.
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
· Education and
skilling of undeserved youth, children, and women
· Coding and
computer science skilling for employment
learning for inclusion of youth with disabilities