Microsoft and Cyber Shujaa Join Forces to Upskill 100 Kenyans in Cybersecurity

Microsoft is teaming up with Cyber Shujaa, a youth-oriented cybersecurity program, to bolster Kenya’s cybersecurity workforce. This initiative aims to train 100 students across the country.

Cyber Shujaa is a collaborative effort by Serianu Limited, the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), and the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA). The program has a history of success, equipping over 500 individuals with cybersecurity and data protection skills.

This new partnership leverages Cyber Shujaa’s expertise with Microsoft’s resources. The program will provide a unique blend of classroom learning, one-on-one sessions, and weekly mentorship, all offered in a hybrid format.

Three-Month Program

The three-month program targets 70 undergraduate students and 30 recent graduates (with less than two years of experience). The curriculum covers eight essential cybersecurity domains:

  • Network security
  • Application security
  • Cloud security
  • Incident response
  • Security architecture
  • Internet of Things (IoT) security
  • Forensics

A key aspect of the program is equipping graduates with industry-recognized credentials. Participants will have the opportunity to earn two Microsoft cybersecurity certificates, enhancing their job prospects in the cybersecurity field.

This collaboration signifies Microsoft’s commitment to strengthening Kenya’s booming tech sector by building a robust cybersecurity talent pool. It also aligns with Cyber Shujaa’s mission of empowering Kenyan youth with in-demand cybersecurity skills.

“This timely collaboration with Microsoft will provide a much-needed boost to the cybersecurity industry, particularly across Africa,” said Igor Sakhnov, Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Microsoft, during the program launch.

‘’The participants will receive two Microsoft cybersecurity certificates, putting them in a better position to secure roles in the industry”

What do you think?

1 Comment
April 10, 2023

Even if we do not talk about 5G (specifically), the security talent in general in the country is very sparse at the moment. We need to get more (security) professionals in the system.

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