“100% practice, 100% work-study and zero tuition fees”, this is the promise of Patrice Chelim, director of the CSB School. Abandon whiteboards, aligned tables, and lectures, the Cyber Security Business School relies on hands-on and work-study programs. This way you avoid having to pay tuition fees to the student.
“We are responsible for placing our students in one of our partner companies”, says Patrice Chelim. This former safety director at Solvay embarked on this adventure because he himself had great difficulty recruiting when he worked for the chemical giant. Among the twenty structures that receive future apprenticeships are Solvay, of course, but also Airbus, Thales, Schneider Electric and Devoteam. “We train here to meet a need that we identify thanks to the professionals. †
And there are needs! And the arms are missing… “In France, the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions is estimated at 15,000. By 2025, this number is expected to rise to 30,000. “ Hence the need to train to precisely meet the needs of a sector, whose market in Europe in 2021 will be worth almost EUR 34 billion (+8% in one year), according to the company IDC.
From Bachelor to Master
The special feature of the CSB? “Here it is not a specialization that you only follow in the last year”, emphasizes Eric Disson, lecturer-researcher at IAE Lyon and academic dean and study director at CBS. Cyber can lead to professions as diverse as a lawyer specializing in cybersecurity, risk management and compliance auditor and finally pentester, that is, an ethical hacker expert in computer intrusion testing whose purpose is to identify and exploit system vulnerabilities.
That is why the business school offers various courses: a bachelor’s degree (bac +3) with a specialization in computer cybersecurity (IT) or industrial cybersecurity (OT). With regard to the Master (bac +4 and +5), four specializations are offered: IT cybersecurity management, industrial cybersecurity management, crisis and incident management (SOC) and governance, risk and compliance (GRC).
“Because we’re a business school, we believe we’re not going to do any technical work. Our answer is that we are not ONLY going to do technology. We will do some, but we will also mix other aspects such as management, human resources, legal affairs…”summarizes Eric Disson.
40k euros per year at the end of a master’s degree
For graduates of these courses, Patrice Chelim predicts an average salary of “ 40,000 euros per year. And this is a sector where developments can be very interesting »†
The selection for the start of the school year in September runs until the end of July. Three profiles in particular are in demand: ” the passionate ; those who want to stand out with an additional diploma at the end of their education; and finally, conversions »† And the director cites the example of professionals with several years in banking: “It’s great for them because it gives them a good idea of the impact of cyber on their job. In that sense, it’s more practical than training a cyber-savvy individual across the banking industry. †
Unique equipment in Europe
The buildings of this new school extend over 2500 square meters and are located in the business district of Lyon, near the Part-Dieu station. The first class should have about a hundred students. A second intake is scheduled for February for “Let our partners have the opportunity to properly integrate those who join the team”†
Prospective students will be able to take advantage of specific equipment to practice: network simulation lab, industrial simulation lab, and most importantly, an operations security center (CSO). The CSB is the only school in Europe to benefit from such a center for its students.
And to keep abreast of the professional world and its practices, the school has also set up a strategic committee composed of professionals from different backgrounds to guide the educational axes. Among the appointments of this committee unveiled on Tuesday, June 21, are people like Nacira Salvan, responsible for the security of information systems in the public and founder of the Cercle des Femmes de la Cyber Sécurité (CEFCYS) or Yann Bourjault , director of digital transformation and cybersecurity France at Schneider Electric.