ANSSI in action

looking back on 2019

ANSSI is highly active at the national, European and international levels. Over the years, the agency’s expertise and effective coordination, an acknowledged model across the world, have enabled the agency to strenghten its position, and to play a crucial role in the promotion of French values.

France is committed to advocating for the digital sovereignty of the EU, and for a peaceful and stable cyberspace. To further this vision, ANSSI:

  • works closely with all the concerned stakeholders and ministerial partners.
  • fosters and maintains bilateral relations throughout the world.
  • is involved in multilateral negotiations (EU, NATO, OECD, OSCE, UN).

2019: a milestone

From the celebration of its 10th anniversary to the success of the first edition of Blue OLEx, the EU’s new cyber crisis management framework, 2019 has been a particularly rich and intense year for ANSSI.

This review provides an insight into ANSSI’s role, as a leader and technical adviser to ministerial partners, to better understand and respond to cyber threats, to contribute to European sovereignty, and to strengthen stability in cyberspace.

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France is fully committed to advocating for a free, neutral, open, secure, and unique digital space.

Operational figures

  • Pictogramme - megaphone 2,296 reports
  • Pictogramme - fire 370 incidents
  • Pictogramme - lightning 9 major incidents
  • Pictogramme - shield 16 cyberdefence operations
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Patricia Zorko

Deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism – The Netherlands

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The EU has a crucial role to play in the rapid digitalisation of our economy and society, and all the opportunities and challenges that it brings.

The Dutch approach to cybersecurity is characterised by its decentralised network-based model and public-private partnerships. We feel that sectors have the most expertise about their specific needs and characteristics. Sectors organise themselves in trusted communities such as Information Sharing and Analysis Centres, which are facilitated by and fed with information from NCSC-NL. Many sectors also have their own CERTs. In the Netherlands, it is all about mainstreaming cybersecurity as an essential part of the day-to-day operations of companies and organizations. Of course, such a decentralised model requires strong coordination at the national level to ensure that every organisation takes its responsibility for our collective cybersecurity.

During the last years, we have made tremendous progress on cybersecurity within the EU – the NIS Directive, the Cybersecurity Act and the work within the Blueprint. It requires leadership, good coordination and practical experience to translate these legal documents into results. We were very happy that France took the initiative to organise Blue OLEx in 2019, to exercise our joint preparedness and see each other face-to-face at the strategic level. I always say: make friends before you need them. And we are very happy that we can continue this tradition established by our French friends and organise the next edition of Blue OLEx.

The EU has a crucial role to play in the rapid digitalisation of our economy and society, and all the opportunities and challenges that it brings. National borders do not exist in cyberspace, so member states cannot face these alone. Collectively, we must make sure that citizens of the EU can reap the benefits that these technologies offer, while also ensuring the protection of our networks and fundamental rights. I think that our joint effort on the 5G Toolbox is an excellent example of the value of European cooperation, and I hope we can continue this on other subjects in the future.