28 January 2016

Cybersecurity: the Government's strategy

The ministerial action plan for fighting cyber threats seeks to achieve three strategic aims: to be more proactive in tackling the cybercrime phenomenon and supportive of victims of cyberattacks, to establish a more effective dialogue with the players concerned, and to adapt both the national and international legal frameworks.

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Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve attended the International Forum on Cybersecurity held in Lille on 25 and 26 January 2016. For the third consecutive year, his ministry is partnering this key event for all parties operating in the sector. At the Forum, Mr Cazeneuve outlined the Ministry of the Interior's strategy for fighting cybercrime and helping victims of cyberattacks, a strategy which forms part of the national digital security strategy announced by the Prime Minister on 16 October 2015.

The implementation of the ministerial action plan under the leadership of Jean-Yves Latournerie, the prefect responsible for fighting cyber threats, is designed to achieve three strategic aims:
  1. To be more proactive in tackling the cybercrime phenomenon and supportive of victims of cyberattacks: the plan seeks to improve support for victims of cyberattacks by adopting the inter-ministerial approach to working with individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises, and by harnessing the contributions of regional government networks and private players.
  2. To establish a more effective dialogue with cyber players: the Ministry of the Interior supports the many companies that contribute to digital security and develop innovative solutions for France, as well as those seeking to enter other markets. The permanent contact group set up with the big internet firms following the attacks of early 2015 has demonstrated the benefits of working extensively together.
  3. To adapt the national and international legal frameworks: 2015 saw the implementation of the military planning act of 18 December 2013, the act of 13 November 2014 authorising the blocking and delisting of sites hosting illegal content, the information act of 24 July 2015 and the state of emergency act of 20 November 2015, all incorporating provisions aimed at adapting our law to the fight against cyber threats.

Furthermore, the cross-border dimension of cyber threats requires us to establish a form of mutual judicial assistance that makes it as simple as possible for our foreign partners to obtain digital evidence. So, as well as enabling investigators to operate under pseudonyms in order to identify and intercept criminals, a new regional jurisdiction criterion should be introduced to make the French justice system aware of cyberattacks committed outside of the country if the victim resides in France.