As of January 2021, emlyon business school is expanding its program range of Masters of Science with a new program, focused on security and defense related issues in a global world. The MSc in Cybersecurity & Defense Management, targeting French and International students, aims at addressing worldwide complex issues and managing emerging threats.

A Master’s degree to address the weaknesses of a global world

In our digital world where frontiers are no longer, the current issues raised by cyber-security and defense are manifold:

  • The out surge of connected objects and data is increasing the risks of cyber-attacks and their surface;
  • Political, economic and social inequalities tend to generate extreme violence which, today, spread from one continent to another via social media;
  • Terrorist threats no longer come from one clearly identified territory, but rather take the shape of one-shot virtual attacks, more diffused and launched on a more regular basis.
  • Unbalanced world powers are persisting and fuel tensions and conflicts preventing any agreement on a common defense policy.

Such elements of context show strong evidence of some major risks. It is essential that we provide students with solid and multidisciplinary competences to understand, to be ready for and successfully address such local, national and global vulnerable areas.

Designed using innovative pedagogy

Governments, private or public organizations, companies from all sectors are all affected by these geopolitical, technological, strategic and ethnic issues. To answer such multiple needs in security and defense, the Msc in Cybersecurity & Defense Management was designed based on a multi-dimensional and transverse approach.


This Master’s Degree is open to students with a great variety of academic backgrounds. While mixing their knowledge in political science, engineering technics, business development or the Law, they are able to develop a global vision of issues and acquire hybrid competences to address them.


Designed over 5 blocks of competences - Geopolitics, Innovation & Business Development, Cybersecurity and Technological Project Management, Strategy and Analysis, Leadership and Ethics - The program unravels sequentially following a learning curve approach. At the end of each 4-month period, students are getting more and more operational, and are able to implement elements acquired during the previous term:

  • Term 1: Understanding ecosystems and issues of security and defense in a global environment;
  • Term 2: Preparing for and analyzing critical situations using dedicated tools and methods;
  • Term 3: Managing and implementing defense and security strategies in a global world;
  • Term 4: Professional internship to put into practice the acquired competences incompanies or organizations

Numerous partners and opportunities

The power of this MSc in Cybersecurity & Defense Management also lies in the intervention of top-notch academic and professional experts in the domains of security and defense. The Ministry of Interior, the CREOGN, Sopra Steria, Byblos Group, Michelin, Cluster Eden, Sécurité et Défense Magazine...are as many partners among other security and defense service companies, and digital service companies, supporting the creation of this program at emlyon. These organizations will contribute in providing the rare and necessary competences our students will need to address the world’s great transformations.


Thanks to these partners and multi-dimensional teachings, this Master’ degree offers our graduates numerous job perspectives. They will be able to go from one sector of activity to another depending on their profile: either in strategy consulting agencies, in economic intelligence or in security and defense management; or in business development or project management to support data valorization and security in companies and industrial groups; or even as analysts in strategy, geopolitics, technologies and defense intelligence.


“This multidisciplinary MSc in Cybersecurity and Defense Management, perfectly illustrates the mission of emlyon: training informed and responsible citizens. It is crucial that we hybridize competences to provide comprehensive and concrete solutions to the challenges nations and companies are faced with”, explains Dr Olivier CATEURA, Professor and Director of MSc & Mastère Spécialisé® programs at emlyon business school.

About the MSc in Cybersecurity and Defense Management :

  • A total of 18 months including a 4 to 6 months internship-
  • Campuses in Lyon and Shanghai -
  • Taught in English
  • A Bac+3/Bac+5 higher education level in all domains-
  • Next intake: September 2021-
  • Further information on the website


About emlyon business school:

Founded in 1872 by the Chamber of Commerce of Lyon, emlyon business school’s intake this year is of 8,600 students from 110 different nationalities, and of more than 6,000 participants in continued education. The school operates on six different campuses (Lyon, Shanghai, Saint-Etienne, Casablanca, Paris, and Bhubaneswar), draws on a network of 190 international academic partners and runs a community of 32,000 alumni spread out in 120 countries. emlyon business school’s mission is to reveal “early makers”, to train lifelong learning responsible leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, with a solid international experience and intra/entrepreneurial capacities, able to address the complexity of the world, to make it meaningful, to shape and transform the businesses and society they live in, in a collaborative approach. The proposition of emlyon business school is to develop such competences within a unique pedagogy, combining academic research output of excellence and the elaboration of innovative learning tracks based on experimentation.


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