Microsoft, ADC Partners with Cyber Shujaa to Train 100 Students in Cybersecurity in Kenya

Aiden Kiprop
By Aiden Kiprop 2 Min Read

In a bid to improve the cybersecurity talent pipeline in Kenya’s technology sector, the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) has partnered with Cyber Shujaa to train 100 students in cybersecurity.

The three-month program, which began with the first cohort of 70 undergraduate and 30 graduate students, aims to equip participants with skills in eight cybersecurity modules, including network security, application security, and cloud security.

The hybrid learning model will provide theoretical and practical training, with one-on-one mentorship sessions and weekly classroom instruction. Upon completion, participants will receive two Microsoft cybersecurity certificates, increasing their chances of securing roles in the industry.

According to Catherine Muraga, MD of Microsoft ADC, “This program is one of several ADC initiatives aimed at improving skill development in Kenya’s tech industry. Although cybersecurity is critical to operations in many sectors, it has remained under-resourced in terms of human capital. This is the ADC’s contribution to establishing Kenya as the go-to destination for cybersecurity professionals.”

Cyber Shujaa, a consortium of Serianu, USIU-Africa, and the Kenya Bankers Association, has already provided competency-based skills training to over 500 individuals. The partnership with Microsoft ADC marks a significant milestone in addressing the acute shortage of cybersecurity professionals in Kenya.

The program’s launch coincides with recent reports highlighting the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals. According to a Kaspersky Cybersecurity analysis, 41% of companies worldwide lack sufficient cybersecurity professionals, while the World Economic Forum and ISC2 report reveals a 4 million cybersecurity professional shortage.

Microsoft’s Corporate VP, Engineering, Igor Sakhnov, emphasized the timeliness and importance of this partnership in Africa, where cyberthreats are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

This initiative joins Microsoft ADC’s other initiatives aimed at improving skills and experience within the tech sector, including the faculty upskilling program, Game of Learners, and the Women Inspiring and Nurturing Women (WINS) mentorship program.

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