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“There is a cybersecurity talent shortage”

What cybersecurity professions will Guardia train in?

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“In cybersecurity, there are many jobs. We can speak in particular of the defensive cybersecurity which will really consist in protecting. For example monitoring a network and an information system to detect attacks that are in progress, remedy them, etc. And we will also have offensive cybersecurity where one is hired by a company to try to find vulnerabilities. The goal is not to “break” the company. This will be to make reports so that the corrections can then be made by the system administrators, for example.

Beyond that, we will also have more organizational aspects, audit, governance. For example, we have all heard of the GDPR. These are very legal aspects, so there will be courses to have a little bit of a legal background. These are skills that we will bring to give Guardia graduates a versatility that is highly sought after on the market.”

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What is the difference between Guardia and cybersecurity training that can be offered by computer science or engineering schools?

“The difference from a computer science school is very simple. Instead of focusing on development aspects and development project management and really creating computer code, we teach skills that are going to be directly related to cybersecurity So these will be professions that will still be very specialized in a booming environment.

There will be training by project, with one-week or two-week blocks where students will have a concrete project to do. They will learn with teachers, educators of very diverse profiles, who will be professionals in the world of cybersecurity. And they will also learn on their own by creating things. By creating, attacking, defending systems, etc….

Then they will be evaluated on a project. Every week, every two weeks or so, they will have a new project that will allow them to develop a new skill. And so that, it is true that for many, it is more attractive than a system, where we will have lessons in an amphitheater, practical work, tutorials which will be very framed, which will be very accompanied. I really like this, because it is a different approach from the usual pedagogy.”

What is your background and why did you agree to be Guardia’s sponsor?

“I graduated (2018) from a classic training, INSA Lyon. I worked in fields that are very varied, fromartificial intelligence in DevOps and lately cybersecurity, and I also like to create popular content, especially on Twitter.

I agreed to join the Guardia adventure because I have already worked with the Gaming Campus beforehand. It was last year, I gave lessons with them. I also had in my previous company, a partnership with the schools of the Gaming Campus. And it’s true that I was able to discover their training, the way of teaching. And let’s just say it’s an approach to learning that I really enjoyed.”

How do you see the cybersecurity market of tomorrow?

“Tomorrow’s market is, in my opinion, the same as today’s. That is to say, a market where companies are looking for talent. Already in IT, in general, companies are extremely fond of recruitment and in cybersecurity, this is even more the case. This has been exacerbated by covid, by the recent large waves of attacks, cyberattacks that have taken place. Businesses are starting to really realize that cybersecurity is a major issue and it’s not something of an afterthought.

And the fact is that there is very little cybersecurity training today. And this is also where Guardia falls at the right time. Because the formations are still very few in number. There are very few graduates, there is a huge talent shortage. Guardia’s training will create a pool of additional candidates for companies.”

What are the qualities that you will favor in a young person from Terminale who would like to do his Bachelor’s degree at Guardia? The fact that he is a computer enthusiast, a good student?

‘Not particularly precisely a good pupil. The training can address profiles that would not have been able to shine in the system, let’s say, of the classic, traditional high school. We will focus on motivation, interest in the cybersecurity discipline. You don’t need to be a cybersecurity crack to join Guardia. But it is true that it is still better, when you engage in long studies like that, to be convinced that you have an attraction for cybersecurity.

That’s why the recruitment tests will notably include interviews which will allow us to gauge a little how much the candidate will also like the training. The goal is not to specifically recruit high school students with brilliant academic backgrounds, but to recruit young people, entrants, with a view to making them progress as well as possible and obtaining graduates who are really the most capable of taking on this profession. .’

At what point in your career did cybersecurity become obvious?

‘Let’s say that my first awakenings to cybersecurity go back to first class. I took part in a conference called Nuit du hack, which I didn’t fully understand… But it was a bit like one of my first discoveries. I was a bit interested in what is an SQL injection, an XSS flaw, vulnerabilities that are quite easily understood when you do a little bit of computer science. I then joined the IT security association on the INSA campus, I was able to take part in competitions and that’s when I said to myself: “cybersecurity is all the same very interesting. Learning how a system is vulnerable, there is nothing better to learn how the system in question works.

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