A cybersecurity technology park called “Campus Cyber” was inaugurated on Tuesday, February 15 in France. The objective of this new HQ dedicated to the protection of our digital information systems is to rapidly develop means of combating all forms of cybercrime.
For years, the world’s digital powers have been engaged in a veritable electronic guerrilla war with heavy blows of spyware and industrial exterminating viruses.
Some of these attacks, described as state-owned, are perpetrated by hacker groups working on behalf of governments. While others are the result of mafia groups who steal our personal data to ransom us. This is why the French government has decided to centralize its means of response by creating the “Cyber Campus”.
The thirteen-story building inaugurated on Tuesday in France in the La Défense district of Puteaux will gradually accommodate more than 180 large companies, research institutes, state services and start-ups, specifies Michel Van Den Berghe, the president of Campus Cyber.
Promoting French excellence in cybersecurity
“The objectives of the Cyber Campus are to promote French excellence by bringing together the various cybersecurity players in the same place, which is called a totem place. says Michel Van Den Berghe. “It is open to cybersecurity SMEs and VSEs, but also to State services such as the National Agency for the Protection of Information Systems, the Ministry of the Interior, representatives of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, but also researchers. in digital science from Inria, CNRS“, he lists.
To this are also added “large high-tech companies that have decided to take part in this project, not forgetting start-ups to stimulate innovation in the IT security sector. It is an open place that will also welcome middle and high school students to present cybersecurity professions to encourage vocations and thus train the experts of tomorrow.»
For a cybersecurity Europe
But digital security is also a political story. The theme seems however absent from the programs of the candidates running for the presidential election, regrets Jean-Noël de Galzain CEO and founder of the Wallix companyspecialized in securing internet access, and member of the Campus Strategy Committee.
If we do not master our own digital territories in which we can preserve our rules of computer use, we risk disappearing from the global cyber space. It has become essential to make cyber security a major issue for this presidential campaign, quite simply because it is a sovereign security issue. And one can only be surprised that candidates who do not talk about digital or cyber security are not in tune with the real life of millions of citizens, for whom digital technology has become omnipresent.
The next step for France is to set up Cyber Campuses in Europe. The French presidency of the Council of the European Union intends to encourage the emergence of a Cybersecurity Europe which would then be able to compete with infrastructures of the same kind which already exist and have existed for a long time in the United States, China, Singapore or even Russia.
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