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

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

Issy-les-Moulineaux, 31 May 2022 – In a context of cybersecurity talent shortages, Microsoft is unveiling an ambitious plan to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and strengthen IT security skills in France. A new Microsoft Cyber ​​​​​​School from 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 cyber security. Only in France is there today 15,000 vacancies but not covered in the cyber security 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 as their main priority in terms of IT security products and solutions, and 70% of them plan to increase their security spending. Or else, 64% of organizations say they prioritize cybersecurity education and awareness for their employees over the next two years.

To meet these challenges and expectations from French organizations, Microsoft confirms its strategy around the 4 pillars Discover, Protect, Raise Awareness and Trainand announces one Cyber ​​Security Skills Plan on the occasion of an event dedicated to the Cyber ​​​​​​Campus in La Défense, a totem site for cyber security 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, 10,000 of them have already been affected by these programs, which are essential at a time when the number of cyber attacks is increasing. I am convinced of the potential of our engagement together with expert partners and hope that all those who want it can embrace a career in cyber security, regardless of their profile. »highlighted Corine de Bilbao, President of Microsoft France.

that the plan is divided into 2 priorities :

Raise awareness of good cyber security practices and discover its profession:

  • Microsoft is launching a campaign to raise awareness of cyber security issues and professions in the form of a training kit called “Cybersecurity, my future job”. Aimed at high school students, this guide aims to provide basic advice on how to protect yourself from attack, but also to introduce young people to the different professions in the sector while dispelling preconceived ideas about these professions. The kit can be used by teachers in the classroom or by cyber security professionals in forums, orientation and job fairs for colleges and students. The set 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: 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 training kit:
We encourage this approach that aims to introduce young people to careers in cyber security. : let’s inspire today the new talents of tomorrow. »

Educate Cyber ​​Security Professionals:

  • Educate future professionals : since 2018, Microsoft has established several partnerships with engineering schools and higher education. In particular, we offer a MOOC “Defensive cyber security in a Microsoft environment” for 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 from Ecole 2600 and the Guardia Cybersecurity School, as well as students in the BTS SIO (Computer Services to Organisations). Until now, 220 students per year have taken 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.

  • Educate current professionals : It is not enough to become an expert in cyber security, 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 wide range of training methods (autonomous online modules on Microsoft Learn, courses with instructors, Labs, OpenHacks, Cloud Games, preparation for certifications). It allows you to continuously learn and validate your professional skills by obtaining Microsoft certifications in security, identity management and digital compliance for all environments from workstations to private data centers, in the cloud or hybrids.
    • that The Cyber ​​Security Institute, with our partner Avanade, is aimed at professionals looking to improve their skills. Since July 2021, a first certification 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 with infrastructure or cloud experience, the Cybersecurity Institute aims to train professionals who want to enrich their skills and quickly become operational on cybersecurity issues in Avanade teams.

  • Educate job seekers : with the opening of a Ecole Cyber ​​​​​​Microsoft of Simplon, whose ambition is to train 100 job seekers from the first year. This new cyber security training offer, developed in collaboration with, offers training to all job seekers without the requirement of a diploma or previous experience in the field. The Microsoft Cyber ​​​​​​School by Simplon will revolve around two complementary programs:
    • ONE 8 week prequalification period to attend a Microsoft Cyber​​​​​​School from Simplon, 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 pre-qualification airlock will start in June 2022 and will accommodate around twenty students.
    • that 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 an initial promotion of around twenty students sponsored by Advens, the independent French leader in cyber security. 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

“It’s time to get out of the ‘hacker in a hoodie’ stereotype. This remains a cliché that obscures the wide range of professions and skill levels required in the world of cyber security.

With the Microsoft Cyber ​​​​​​School by Simplon, we seek to reproduce what we have done with artificial intelligence: open these professions to more diverse, more feminine and more inclusive profiles. All of our lives now exist in 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, CEO of Advens:

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

This innovative program aimed at underrepresented audiences in our sector is a response to the shortage in the sector. This approach is completely 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 connecting a world leader in tech, a leader in training and active pedagogy and a pure player leader in cyber security, we are helping to train tomorrow’s best cyber defenders. And we intend to bring our entire ecosystem to support and sustainably integrate these new learners into the cyber sector! »

Press contact: Hopscotch Agency
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