Brad Smith, president & vice chairman of Microsoft is visiting Spain these days. And in a meeting with the media he has made two interesting announcements. The first and perhaps most anticipated, that the cloud region that the company is building in Spain is closer to seeing the light. The second, that the company is committed to train more than 10,000 people in cybersecurity for free.
In this sense, Smith has announced an expansion of its investments to offer cloud services from data centers located in Spain, and has confirmed that it maintains the planned plan to provide availability zones that will offer low-latency and high-performance cloud services. availability.
In addition, he explained that the company has begun expansion work on its Cloud Region with additional data centers planned in the municipalities of Algete, Meco and San Sebastian de los Reyes, with the aim of responding to forecast growth in demand for cloud services and solutions by Spanish companies and public administrations. All this is expected to start operating in the coming months.
As we anticipated, the American director has also announced the launch of digital training programs, with a special focus on cybersecurity initiatives. This initiative is part of a global training campaign that Microsoft is carrying out in more than twenty countries that present a high risk of cyber threats, along with a significant gap in cybersecurity professionals in their workforce.
According to data from the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE), a benchmark entity for strengthening cybersecurity and promoting talent in this sector, and ONTSI, through a report prepared for ObservaCiber, the talent gap in the area of cybersecurity in Spain is superior to the 26,000 professionals. At the same time, LinkedIn has found that the demand for cybersecurity skills in Europe has grown by 22% in the last year.
The initiative, which has the support of the State Foundation for Employment Training (Fundae), will focus on training the unemployed and retraining technical professionals, with the aim of helping them obtain Microsoft security certifications ( SC-900 and SC-200) to improve their employability.
The training program will also include additional training for people in vulnerable situations, which will be given thanks to the collaboration of three non-profit organisations: Fundación Esplai, Fundación ONCE and Fundación GoodJob.