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#02 – XLM&Co “Au coeur des enjeux des formations cybersecurité”

According to PwC’s latest study, the field of Cybersecurity has three and a half million vacancies globally that are waiting to be filled. To help solve this problem, the Grande Ecole Telecom Nancy and Lycée Guillaume Kroll in Esch-sur-Alzette have devised special courses for students interested in working in Cybersecurity.

Covid-19 has made many people reconsider their career choices. For some, the pandemic has laid bare the precarity of their jobs while for others it gave them the necessary time and distance to realise they needed a change of scenery.

If you are one of these people and are still unsure about where to go next, perhaps the field of Cybersecurity is the answer you have been looking for.

Cybersecurity is not only a promising field to get into because of its job prospects but also because it offers many opportunities for career advancement, lateral career moves and lucrative salaries. Furthermore, recent efforts to increase diversity in Cybersecurity have made the field particularly attractive for women.

Collaborating with the public sector

When the whole world went online last year, the digital sphere saw an unprecedented rise in cyber attacks. This so-called “cyber pandemic” only further increased the pressure of businesses to hire competent talent for their Cybersecurity positions filled.

However, one of the central problems is the difference between companies and universities. On the one hand, companies are great at pinpointing which skills they need their hires to have. On the other hand, they’re not in the business of providing extensive training to incoming talent. Whereas universities are better equipped to teach their students Cybersecurity skills, they are not able to stay at the forefront of all the developments in Cybersecurity.

To solve this imbalance, both Telecom Nancy and Lycée Guillaume Kroll collaborated with the private sector to stay up-to-date with the developments in the field. They created parternships with professionals, who were more than eager to help and came up with a tailored programme that fits the skills needed in the field.

Lycée Guillaume Kroll focuses on small scale classes (14 students), blended learning and giving their students a broad exposure to the field. The programme is divided into 5 different pillars: Security Concepts, Governance and Security Management, IT Operations, Network Technologies and Soft skills, Project Management and Languages.

Telecom Nancy offers both an apprentice option as well as a student option. The course, which takes three years to complete gives students a wide range of options to specialise in. These include: Intelligence Artificielle et Masses de Données, Ingénierie du Logiciel, Internet Systems and Security, Logiciel Embarqué, Systèmes d’Information d’Entreprise. Last but not least, both schools include professional experience as part of the programme.

If you are interested in learning more about both programmes and want to hear professors from the respective schools talk about them in more detail, have a listen to our podcast.

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