FIC 2022: the Europe of cybersecurity at the heart of the debates

FIC 2022: the Europe of cybersecurity at the heart of the debates

The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), the benchmark event for security and digital trust, was held from June 7 to 9 at the Grand Palais in Lille. Due to the French presidency of the European Union, the 2022 vintage had the Europe of cybersecurity as its main theme. Balance sheet.

The  2022 International Cybersecurity Forum has just ended. From June 7 to 9, the Grand Palais de Lille welcomed nearly 1,400 visitors, more than 550 exhibitors and around 5,000 online participants. A success that is confirmed every year, and which the organizers welcome.

Unsurprisingly, the central theme of this edition was “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future”, because France holds the presidency of the European Union until June 30. In addition, European institutions have recently produced and adopted numerous texts directly or indirectly related to cybersecurity (NIS 2 Directive, European certification scheme relating to Cloud security, cyber-resilience, e-evidence, product security, DMA, DSA, etc.).

However, the International Cybersecurity Forum is convinced of this: these multiple legislative projects will only bear fruit if they are accompanied by a rapid increase in cybersecurity capacities, both at the level of each Member State and of the European institutions. But the first condition is the mobilization of talents and skills. This is the challenge of the 2022 edition of the FIC.

And talents, the Grand Palais de Lille was not lacking. More than 550 exhibitors were indeed there to present their cybersecurity offers. We can notably mention  Sysdream, the cybersecurity subsidiary of the digital technology operator for companies Hub One , which came to present its innovative solutions for optimal cybersecurity.

Also, many times for discussion and reflection on the operational and strategic issues of cybersecurity have been scheduled. Within the forum, a space made up of numerous amphitheatres, which offered round tables, keynotes or conferences, experts from all over Europe debated on operational security, the security and stability of cyberspace, the management of cyber-risks , data security, digital transformation, the fight against cybercrime and digital sovereignty.

A watchword emerges from these 3 days of debate: work together. To face the operational challenges of cybersecurity and contribute to the construction of a digital future in line with European values ​​and interests, the member countries of the old continent must stick together.

On the occasion of his last FIC as Director General of ANSSI (National Agency for the Security of Information Systems), Guillaume Poupard welcomed the desire of European nations to come together in order to fight as best as possible against ever more numerous and virulent cyber threats.

“We have to talk about the most terrible threat, the least often mentioned at the moment. The pressure of state espionage, of an extremely incredible level that we are undergoing and which has serious impacts on our economy and our national security. Protecting oneself today means looking in three directions simultaneously: European, National and Territorial. “, he specifies.

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