Microsoft to Work With Community Colleges to Fill 250,000 Cyber Jobs

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A Microsoft logo is seen connected  an bureau   gathering  successful  New York connected  July 28, 2015. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

A Microsoft logo is seen connected an bureau gathering successful New York connected July 28, 2015. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Microsoft Corp. connected Thursday said it plans to enactment with assemblage colleges crossed the United States to capable 250,000 cybersecurity jobs implicit the adjacent 4 years.

Microsoft said it volition supply scholarships oregon assistance to astir 25,000 students and volition supply grooming for caller and existing teachers astatine 150 assemblage colleges crossed the country. The institution besides said that it volition supply program materials for escaped to each assemblage colleges, arsenic good arsenic four-year schools, successful the country.

“Over the adjacent 3 years, we’ll enactment galore tens of millions of dollars down this effort,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said successful a property briefing. “This is an accidental for america to get started. This is not the ceiling connected what we’ll do.”

Microsoft’s efforts travel arsenic the United States has faced immoderate of the broadest and astir blase hacks it has ever seen, including the SolarWinds onslaught that U.S. officials accidental deed scores of entities, including galore successful the national government. President Joe Biden held a gathering with Microsoft and different ample exertion companies successful August aimed astatine improving exertion proviso concatenation security.

Jobs emerged arsenic a cardinal interest from the White House meeting, with officials saying fractional a cardinal jobs stay unfilled.

Smith said galore of the customers that Microsoft works with that person suffered hacks could person prevented oregon mitigated hacks by putting amended practices successful place, but galore deficiency the cybersecurity unit to bash so.

“We intelligibly request to determination rapidly to bid radical to capable what are, frankly, large jobs successful our view,” Smith said, noting the jobs had mean wage of much than $105,000 and that for each 2 jobs that are filled, 1 remains open.

By Stephen Nellis

Reuters

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