Anssi at international level

ANSSI is highly active internationally as stated in its founding decree, which stipulates that it shall "participate in international negotiations and liaise with its foreign counterparts".

ANSSI accordingly fosters and maintains bilateral relations with numerous foreign agencies on every continent. In a context in which all countries face similar issues, these relations are intended to foster consultation and cooperation; for example by sharing national cybersecurity approaches in all domains (political, regulatory, technical, etc.), improving overall threat evaluation or the coordinated handling of incidents pertaining to joint interest assets.

Taking a multilateral approach, ANSSI works closely with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development (Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international – MAEDI) and the Ministry of Defence on the definition and promotion of French positions on political cybersecurity priorities (e.g. application of international law to cyberspace, role of regional organisations in the area of cybersecurity, etc.).

In this context, ANSSI is often directly involved in negotiations in these areas. In particular, ANSSI participated in the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) negotiations in Dubai in 2012 under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and is included in the French delegation to the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the first UN Commission, on “telecommunications and information in the context of international security”. ANSSI also has a strong presence at European Union (EU) and NATO level, through its role as a National Communication Security Authority (NCSA) and National Cyberdefence Authority (NCDA). As such, it participates in work to secure communications within these organisations, ensuring that the EU and NATO have the necessary structures and resources in place to ensure their own cybersecurity and supporting these organisations in their actions to reach that goal.
ANSSI also represents France on the management board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and in the National Liaison Officers (NLO) network set up between ENISA and the Member States.
Using its scientific expertise, ANSSI participates in the work of international research communities. Finally, ANSSI is active within a range of international communities on issues falling within the scope of its responsibilities:

  • Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT);
  • Security products certification (CCRA, SOG-IS, etc.).