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30 January 2020

"Security industries" sector strategic agreement: shoring up France's security industries at European and global level

Christophe Castaner, Minister of the Interior, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance, and Marc Darmon, Chair of the "Security Industries" Sector Strategic Committee (CSF), signed the "Security industries" sector strategic agreement on the sidelines of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) in Lille.
Officially established by the National Council for Industry (CNI) on 22 November 2018, CSF is a unique opportunity to rally together and shore up the ecosystem's various stakeholders (industry, State and users), which have expressed a need for more structure and closer public-private cooperation.
The security industries sector brings together all businesses that develop technological security services and products – from global corporate leaders to SMEs, innovative startups and mid-caps. The sector covers a broad spectrum spanning cybersecurity, counter-terrorism, territorial security and protection of infrastructures and networks.
It also relies on R&D stakeholders as well as clusters to further its economic growth. With revenues of €25bn and 151,000 jobs, the sector's economic foundations are sound.

The planned cyber campus will provide a physical venue for rolling out the sector's projects by federating the cybersecurity ecosystem.

The "Security industries" sector strategic committee agreement has identified five key projects whose road maps are set out in detail in the sector agreement. All are grounded in reciprocal commitments between industry and the State:
  • security of major events and the Paris 2024 Olympics: developing a comprehensive security provision for major events in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games;
  • IOT security and cybersecurity: harnessing France's tremendous potential in terms of cybersecurity by aligning and rallying the various stakeholders around policies bearing on education, innovation and technological developments;
  • digital identity: the cornerstone of the digital economy, the project is devising innovative solutions to address the key issues associated with combating fraud, with personal data protection and with digital independence;
  • trusted local areas: delivering ethical French leadership on smart city security through overarching solutions for local authorities and sites;
  • trusted digital technologies: shaping competitive trusted industrial solutions to meet the needs of businesses and the State in terms of digital technology.
The Government and the Regions alike have underscored their support and involvement alongside security industries in tackling the sector's challenges. The signature of this agreement is a meaningful milestone for this sector of excellence with major economic potential, and sets the stage for shoring up France's security industries at European and global level.

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