In recent years, the European Union (EU) has set up a solid foundation for the digital security of European society and economy, notably through the NIS Directive, the Cybersecurity Act and its European Certification Framework. Based on its national expertise, France, and in particular ANSSI, is heavily invested in cooperation with its European partners and ENISA to make this common set of rules operational.
Faced with the scale of the cyber threat, ANSSI calls for this basis to be deepened and for cybersecurity to be positioned as a priority issue for the new European legislature.
The EU must give itself the means to develop its autonomy and leadership in cybersecurity. For ANSSI, Europe’s sovereignty will require renewed efforts in terms of capability development, regulation, industrial policy and governance adapted to the issues at stake.
Firstly, strengthening the EU’s cybersecurity capabilities is imperative within the administrations of the Member States, but also at the level of the economic framework, the citizens and the European institutions themselves.
Moreover, raising the level of security of the European digital space requires that the risks associated with new technologies and new uses must be taken into account in European sectoral public policies. This will also require the development of a European framework of trusted cybersecurity companies, supported by European funding in research and development as well as technological deployment
Finally, European governance will have to be strengthened and experience sharing and networking amongst stakeholders further promoted. The Blue OLEx initiative was a first step towards establishing a high-level European dialogue on cyber issues. It has also made it possible to identify the areas in which cooperation must be strengthened in order to respond in a concerted way to the challenges the European ecosystem is facing. The dialogue between the European institutions will have to be developed too.
“The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new European cycle. Europe must be able to assert its sovereignty in the cyber field in order to promote its values of peace and stability in cyberspace at the international level” said Guillaume Poupard, Director General of ANSSI.
The agency is present throughout the event with a booth, a space for exchange on digital security issues and documentation on good IT practices. This year, a part of ANSSI booth is dedicated to training and another part to the EBIOS Risk Manager method. The booth also includes a recruitment area to allow potential candidates to meet experts and discuss career opportunities at the agency.