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Closing the cybersecurity skills gap – Microsoft expands efforts to 23 countries



Cybersecurity continues to be a significant threat for governments, businesses and individuals around the world. From supply chain disruptions to ransomware attacks, cybercriminals have become increasingly sophisticated and the threat landscape more diverse. These cybersecurity challenges are compounded by a workforce shortage; there simply aren’t enough people with the cybersecurity skills needed to fill open jobs.


This is a global problem. By 2025, there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs open globally, representing a 350% increase over an eight-year period, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.. We recently announced a national skilling campaign in the United States, where for every two jobs in cybersecurity today, a third goes unfilled. We’re working with community colleges to help close the gap and increase diversity in the profession. Today, Microsoft is announcing the expansion of our cybersecurity skills campaign to an additional 23 countries.


The expansion will see new targeted investments in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. These countries have an elevated cyberthreat risk, coupled with a significant gap in their cybersecurity workforces both in terms of the number of professionals employed in cybersecurity vs. the demand, as well as a lack of diversity.


Read more here: Closing the cybersecurity skills gap – Microsoft expands efforts to 23 countries - The Official Microsoft Blog