Editorial N°16 – Cybersecurity and european collaboration

The month of November was marked by numerous conferences on cybersecurity and the safety of the French territory. In November, digital.security’s security intelligence team attended the Milipol Salon conferences dedicated to security, national homeland security and cybersecurity. Issues have evolved and government authorities see cybersecurity as a part of internal security in its own right. The conferences mainly focused on the fight against terrorism and cyber-terrorism, artificial intelligence, maritime security and the security of smart cities. These various issues are representative of the upcoming security challenges faced by governments.

Cybersecurity is the element that links all these themes. For a long time overshadowed, it now appears to be a spearhead in the field of security. State responses must be structured in the face of attackers and threats. Today, the average detection time of a cyberattack is about 200 days. As such, the inception of a ministry dedicated to the digital economy was mentioned during this exhibition. If we take the case of the French government, a national intelligence strategy has been put in place with different units that communicate and exchange information. Since 2015, the French government has strengthened its capacities in the fight against terrorism, and more specifically thanks to the doctrine of offensive computer warfare. During this exhibition, regional and international partnerships were particularly highlighted in the field of cybersecurity and state security.

The notions of Cloud Act, and Cyber Act were highlighted. The Cyber Act will level up the countries that need to harmonize in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity must not only be established at the national level, it must be established through partnerships.  Europe plans to act at its level. This is exemplified by the fact that by 2021, all European countries will have to adopt a national electronic identity card in order to ensure equality and security. The innovation that was the focus of the Milipol exhibition also applies to cybersecurity, which is a successful innovation topic. Although this area requires more consideration – by both authorities and consumers – it also requires legislation, specialized state agencies and common standardization, starting with the GDPR.