Cyber-security: the political agenda – insights from the 8th International Cyber-security Forum in Lille

What should we expect – or indeed what is it reasonable to expect – from our political masters in terms of strategy, policy and regulation for cyber-security?

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Data is the fuel for digital transformation: 144 billion emails are sent worldwide everyday, 30 gigabytes are published every second, 800 000 new web sites appear daily, and the amount of available information doubles every two years… all this with only 42% of the world’s population digitally connected.


Europe exports and consumes data but the nature of data and interconnectedness of markets makes it difficult to apply ownership. Should we consider data as a “common good” that is immune to ownership or appropriation? In this social media age, does the idea of a private life still make sense? With confusion between data security and computer security- i.e. between the vehicle and its contents – how should virtualised technologies, cloud computing and new business models be managed? How can data be considered in context? Which technologies and solutions are needed to ensure data security from start to finish? Which governance solutions have been or should be implemented by organisations? How can we create a trusted environment conducive to the development of new data uses for citizens, businesses, local authorities and the state?

Cybersecurity, a shared responsibility

Recently we attended the 8th International Cyber-security Forum #FIC2016. Focused on data security and privacy, the event provided a forum for an open discussion between service providers, trusted security solution professionals as well as end users from the public and academic sector. It also featured keynote speeches from some of the most influential political figures in this sphere.

#FIC2016 featured keynote speeches from some of the most influential political figures in Information Security

European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger ‏

Speech Overview:

Cyber threats do not respect borders. We therefore must act together, not in isolation. And we need to remember that cybersecurity, data protection and online privacy are very closely linked to each other.

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The threat landscape has changed and threats have intensified since the adoption of the 2013 European Cybersecurity Strategy. However, our priorities and fields of action remain as valid as three years ago.

Let me tell you where we stand on what I consider the cybersecurity policy priorities for the European Commission:

    1. Enhancing cybersecurity capabilities and cooperation to across the EU;
    2. making the EU a strong player on cybersecurity;
    3. mainstreaming cybersecurity in EU policy-making
    4. and last but not least ensuring high level of trust and privacy protection in the digital economy.

A full copy of his #FIC2016 speech is available in English here.

Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister

Speech Overview:

We currently face security challenges that are considerable and that requiring a joint response, both European and international. In 2015, France itself was the target of barbaric terrorism. Never before had we experienced attacks of this nature or magnitude on our own soil. These terrorists use cyberspace as a powerful vehicle for propaganda and recruitment, just as fraudsters and hackers use it for their own ends. We need to collaborate to be effective in response across all areas:

    1. Legal means: with the adoption of new antiterrorism laws in November 2014 and laws on Intelligence in July 2015.
    2. Collaboration and best practices: working across governments department, between governments and between the public and private sectors – including the major US internet and social companies.
    3. Planning and resources: employing the Plan de Lutte Anti-Terroriste (PLAT) – the counterterrorism plan – and the technical and manpower resources necessary to make it work.

A full copy of his #FIC2016 speech is available in French here.

John Hayes, Security Minister at the UK Home Office

Speech Overview:

We need to keep businesses, citizens and public services safe. After all, trust and confidence in the security and privacy of data is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors. Our two countries already recognise the need to work together to face this threat through strong government to government dialogue in support of our two key approaches to cyber security;

  1. Working in partnership – with business, with public services and with citizens, and
  2. Closing the skills gap in cyber security and cyber crime.

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In 2016, we will develop the next National Cyber Security Strategy.  We are going to nearly double our investment – £1.9 Billion over the next five years – working with Industry, supporting the best cyber start-ups through the creation of two cyber innovation centres and we will launch a £165 million Defence and Cyber Innovation Fund, to support innovative procurement across both defence and cyber security.

We will also increase the capabilities of the National Cyber Crime Unit to develop stronger defences for government systems and create a new National Cyber Centre which will work with industry, academia and, most importantly our international partners to protect against cyber-attacks.

A full copy of his #FIC2016 speech is available in English on Compare the Cloud’s main website here.


In addition to reporting on these keynote speeches we also interviewed key figures in the French fight against Cybercrime. Further interviews will be published shortly based on our discussions with the following:

  • Patrick Hebrard, from DCNS, a cybersecurity expert who discusses the challenges of protecting warships and weapons systems
  • France’s top #cybercrime cop – Francois-Xavier Masson Chef de OCLCTIC – the cybercrime agency in the Ministry of the Interior
  • Guillaume Poupard, director general of ANSSI – the French security standards body that is charged with protecting critical infrastructure and setting out security strategy, standards and accreditation for France.


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