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How Emmanuel Macron wants to strengthen the national strategy against cyberattacks


In the aftermath of resounding attacks on hospitals, the State intends to boost the French sector with the injection of one billion euros

Presidential advisers hammer it home: the announcements are not linked to the anxiety-provoking context of repeated cyberattacks against hospitals.

However, it is well after an exchange with the directors of the establishments of Dax and Villefranche-sur-Saône that Emmanuel Macron must unveil this Thursday noon the reinforced strategy of French cybersecurity.

An envelope of one billion euros, including 720 million of public funds, is drawn to strengthen the sector and triple its turnover to 25 billion € in 2025.

In the pipeline for several months and developed with friendly pressure from the same industry, the national strategy aims to help an industry "still too weak compared to international competition and put an end to the gap between the work of the public sector and private actors. in order to reduce our dependence on foreign companies, ”we say at the Elysée.

An active cyber-campus from the start of the school year

The tactics?

Create an ecosystem where heavyweights in the sector and young shoots could find synergies and above all become service providers to both public administrations and businesses.

"It is important that the government put resources, energy and confidence in an already good quality sector", applauds Jacques de La Rivière, CEO of Gatewatcher and vice-president of Hexatrust, the Federation of cybersecurity. French.

“We still lack software solutions companies and decision-makers still buy few French products.

It is with this virtuous circle that the national industry would gain in strength and quality, ”he underlines.

First concrete project: the creation of a cyber-campus - with an investment of € 74 million - which will bring together around sixty key players in the sector, including large groups, start-ups but also public players in research or training organizations.

With a tight schedule for this cybersecurity “Station F”.

The 20,000 m2 of the Eria Tower in La Défense should welcome specialists from the start of the school year next September.


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The site will also host a branch of the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) which helps Operators of Vital Importance (OIV) to strengthen their security.

Very busy with the epidemic of cyber attacks since early 2020, Guillaume Poupard's services will receive a budget extension of € 136 million and will be able to recruit 200 additional agents, while decentralizing to regional sites such as Rennes.

The government plan will also tackle the shortage of human resources in the sector with the creation of new masters specializing in cybersecurity and the opening of new cutting-edge research programs in public research institutions such as the CNRS and the Inria.

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So much for the economic side.

For the time being, no announcement to strengthen the legal system on the front line also against "attacks on automated data processing systems (STAD) and attacks on the fundamental interests of the Nation".

With two major cyberattacks per day and its corollaries, the filing of complaints, the specialized prosecutor's office J3 of the court of Paris only have three specialized magistrates and also risks overheating.

Source: leparis

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