Editorial of Richard Lizurey, Director General of the French National Gendarmerie

Ten years already! On January 23rd and 24th 2018, the International Cybersecurity Forum, held in partnership with Région Hauts-de-France, CEIS and Euratechnologies is celebrating its tenth (digital) birthday! In ten years this forum has become a key rendezvous in cybersecurity for all state and industrial players, as well as all our partners in areas of education and research from France, Europe and, more and more often, the world!

Over these ten years, education, culture, economic development, recreation and our daily lives have relied more and more on digital technology. These interfaces are now essential to administrative procedures and the company-customer relationship. Fast-growing future means of transport will rely on digital infrastructure and technology. Cyber security is therefore a priority for the Home Office, and furthermore essential to the digital services it is setting up to bring citizens and the administration closer together. Mr. Gérard Collomb, State Secretary and Minister of Home Affairs, has clearly mentioned these challenges in his road map, and stated his ambition to make public utilities more accessible, simpler and more modern.

With this in mind, the gendarmerie, co-founder of this forum, has this year taken a double approach: digital transformation and the promotion of applied research. It is in this sense that were established its scientific council and the national monitoring center for security science and technology (ONSTS). The gendarmerie thus constantly keeps a vigilant eye on hazards stemming from scientific and industrial progress and puts all the odds on its side when it comes to modernization. Exchanging and sharing our analyses and viewpoints is essential if we are to be more efficient in guaranteeing the security of these developments and their resilience in coping with risks, whether accidental, criminal or climate-related.

The FIC’s tenth birthday will be the chance to bring together more than 7,000 experts in Lille from the public and private sectors to think together about the stakes and solutions that will influence tomorrow’s digital uses. It will also be the chance to pragmatically consider the conditions under which our society must evolve to fully and serenely integrate all the consequences of this hyper connection, of which we are only beginning to see the shape.

Richard Lizurey