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3.5 million Cyber security jobs will open up by 2025

3.5 million Cyber security jobs will open up by 2025

Cybersecurity is the key to safeguarding your data over the internet. Hence, organizations try their best to stay under the umbrella of cybersecurity. However, cyber crimes and security breaches remain a significant problem instead of abiding by cybersecurity laws and measures.

Moreover, there is a shortage of jobs in the cybersecurity sector as far as India is concerned. Hence, for this very reason, the cyber security failures in India have increased from 2.9 lakh in 2018 to 1.5 million in 2021.

Hence, throwing some light on the issue, Kate Behnken, vice-president and global head of Microsoft Philanthropies, stated that the number of job roles in the cybersecurity field would drastically increase worldwide. The figure is expected to be 3.5 million.

She made the statement while launching an educational program in the cyber security sector called CyberShikshaa. CyberShikshaa is an initiative of the collaboration between Microsoft India and ICT Academy. Here are the key highlights of the educational program.

The root cause of the initiative

The growing cyber security accidents in the country form the root cause of the initiative, CyberShikshaa, as Kate Behncken stated on Friday. Cybercriminals are targeting the government and private organizations, including individuals, and misusing their data over the internet. They are outwitting the tight security measures adopted by the organizations.

Hence, people and organizations are having difficulty dealing with cyber criminals due to the lack of a strong cybersecurity team. People well-trained in the cybersecurity sector are not enough to protect the sensitive data of government and business organizations.

Hence, the CyberShikshaa training program needs to be implemented to tackle these issues in today’s scenario.

Aim of the training program

CyberShikshaa aims to strengthen the cybersecurity sector in the country and eradicate the shortage of job roles in this field. It is meant to train faculties and students in the cybersecurity field to create an emerging talent pool in the country. The target individuals would be enriched with in-depth knowledge related to cybersecurity so they can utilize it towards the growth of the country’s digital economy.

The target population

CyberShikshaa training program targets faculties and higher education students. The rural engineering colleges from numerous states in the country, namely Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Assam, Delhi NCR, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan, would be a part of the program.

The first phase of the training program would train about 400 faculty members from 100 rural institutions in India. It would equip them with industry-related skills in the cyber security field. Also, the program would focus on the tools necessary for the faculty members to train the students.

This initiative program strives to achieve a milestone of training 1000-6000 students, provided they meet its eligibility criteria. To contribute to the program’s success, 86 colleges from Telangana form a part of it.

Cyber Shikshaa would set eligibility criteria for the students. It would prefer those with basic C++, databases, computer science, and cyber security knowledge. The selected students would be enrolled in a 100-hour training program. The best part about the initiative is it provides a chance for first-generation learners, women candidates, Covid orphans, or semi-orphans to emerge beyond their boundaries.


Hence, in conclusion, CyberShikshaa is an excellent initiative for strengthening cybersecurity in India. It shall create young talents to build a strong base for safeguarding the nation over the internet.


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