The American giant has opened the first course dedicated to cyber security and open to job seekers.
“121 password attacks every second.” The observation of Corine De Bilbao, the president of Microsoft France, is without appeal. Cyber security is a sector under pressure: while about 15,000 people are missing to meet French needs, the threats are increasingly present.
“It’s extremely difficult and it’s a real struggle to attract talent to cyber security companies,” confirms David Buhan, CEO of Advens, a French specialist in the field, on the Tech&Co set.
19 months of training
This is why Microsoft has committed to training 10,000 people in France by 2025. To do this, the computer giant has chosen an unusual path. “We have a conviction which is that we should not only train Bac+5 and Bac+7 people, because there are none”, explains Corine De Bilbao.
Microsoft has therefore opened a school in collaboration with Simplon, a professional training player. On December 1st, the first promotion of the Cyber Microsoft by Simplon school welcomed 17 students, former job seekers. For three months, they must undergo intensive training on Microsoft’s campus. This is followed by a 16-month work study program in partner companies, including Advens. The students will thus obtain a title as an administrator of secure infrastructures, recognized by the state.
“The interest is that there is a diploma that is recognized by the state”, rejoices Frédéric Bardeau, president and co-founder of Simplon. And to add: “And on top of that, there are Microsoft certifications, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
The training is currently located at Microsoft’s French headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris. But the company already has plans to recreate the experience in Lyon and Rennes. With the goal of welcoming 100 students this year.