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Thales Opens CyberLab in Belgium For Training Students

Thales new CyberLab, located in Brussels, will allow for training to prepare for cyber attacks in realistically replicated environments. Photo courtesy of Thales
Thales new CyberLab, located in Brussels, will allow for training to prepare for cyber attacks in realistically replicated environments. Photo courtesy of Thales

Thales, a European leader in cybersecurity and global leader in data protection has inaugurated a Cyberlab in Brussels that allows the networks and information systems of businesses and public bodies to be prepared for cyberattacks.

Its use is also intended to educate students and enhance the training of cybersecurity specialists. In 2017, Thales plans to recruit approximately 400 employees worldwide in the cybersecurity field. In Belgium, 50 recruitments are planned in the next four years to support the rapid development of the activity.

The fast-growing cyber security market (+10% annually on average) provides an ongoing need for new specialists. Thales is endeavouring to bring academia and industry together to train the professionals of tomorrow.

The platform offers three applications:

  • validation of the level of security of the information system architectures and data of our clients;
  • training of cybersecurity specialists in an environment representative of real systems;
  • support for Belgian businesses in developing products incorporating cybersecurity in their design (“secure by design”) and submitting them to the most demanding tests of cybersecurity.

Six organizations — the Royal Military Academy, the Free University of Brussels, the Université Catholique de Louvain, the University of Namur, the Haute Ecole de Bruxelles and the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles – have launched a university program in cyber-security. Thales said its Cyberlab will be used as part of that program.

“Today we must provide the means to guarantee the security of sensitive data as well as that of property and people,” commented Jean-Claude Marcourt, vice president of the Government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Minister of Economy, New Technologies and Higher Education.

“After having launched a unique master in cybersecurity in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, we are pleased to see the European leader in cybersecurity and the global leader in data protection expanding in Wallonia. In addition to a role in training specialists and supporting businesses, the platform inaugurated today will contribute to research and development activities in cybersecurity, factors that can contribute to developing our digital ecosystem.”

 

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