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Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap - Understanding Microsoft Security Courses and Roles

18 Jul 2022

From the individual level to the wider scale, cybersecurity continues to be a significant challenge. In recent years, we have seen disruptions to supply chains and bank fraud. And these are compounded by a skills gap for end-users and a shortage of cybersecurity specialists.

If you're aiming to gain advanced security training and certifications, we share insights on specific courses and the roles they are suited for.

The global cybersecurity skills gap in 2021 and beyond

A leading researcher and publisher on the global cyber economy, Cybersecurity Ventures shared a report that forecasted 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs to be open globally or a 350% increase over eight years.


Microsoft's research on the cybersecurity skills gap found disparities in terms of the number of cybersecurity professionals compared to the demand and in terms of the lack of diversity. You can view the data on this PowerBI. In New Zealand, the growth in demand for cybersecurity professionals increased by 22% in 2021.

Diving deeper, there is a need to support traditionally excluded sectors, including women, with opportunities to advance their skills and find a place in the cybersecurity workforce. In New Zealand, only 18% of all security professionals are female.


Microsoft Security training paths for distinct roles

Advancing your career, earning recognition, and validating your technical expertise for current and future industry job roles are within reach with Microsoft Certifications for security, compliance, and identity. Growing your skills through the different role-based certifications below offer the structure and resources you need to empower yourself as you expand your technical skill sets and expand your network in the cyber economy.

Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals 
This certification is targeted at those looking to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services. This is for a broad audience that may include business stakeholders, new or existing IT professionals, or students who have an interest in Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions. 

Microsoft Certified: Microsoft 365 Security Administrator
Microsoft 365 Security Administrators proactively secure Microsoft 365 enterprise and hybrid environments, implement and manage security and compliance solutions, respond to threats, and enforce data governance. If these tasks are like your day-to-day responsibilities or a role you are aiming for, certification and training in it is a must. 

Addressing cyber security challenges and opportunities  

Whether for your personal career development or for your team, you can access Microsoft Security training courses. Auldhouse has a pool of Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) ready to help you make the most of your training budget and realise your full potential in the cyber security space. Contact us to enquire.

Courses can be delivered through the Auldhouse Anywhere platform, helping you train according to your schedule and logistical needs, when and where you want it - at your place or ours. Get certified for Microsoft under a global IT leader today and enquire about cyber security courses and training paths.