[Press release] The 5th edition of the FIC sets the tone for future work
in cybercrime and cybersecurity

  • The contributions of three ministers, the high levels of public attendance, the variety of attending partners and the richness of the scheduled workshops all demonstrate the growing concern for issues related to cyberspace security and online trust.

    Paris, 29th January 2013 – Co-organised by the French National Gendarmerie, the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council and the strategy consulting firm CEIS, the FIC 2013 – the event dedicated to security experts and non-specialist decision-makers (business managers, general counsel…) – was attended by a record 2,400+ visitors over two days.

    “The FIC 2013 was an outstanding edition and we are particularly pleased with the variety of feedback we have received, whether from visitors, workshop contributors or partners”, states Guillaume Tissier, CEIS Managing Director. “It demonstrates that cybersecurity has become a major societal issue which arouses interest from governments, firms, local communities and civil society. Our ambition is to allow each of them to increase their awareness of such topics”.

    “These two days demonstrated once more the interest paid to the FIC and the magnitude of this event”, adds Marc Watin-Augouard, Army General, founder of the International Cybersecurity Forum. “The various roundtables, workshops and demonstrations from both public and private partners attending the 5th edition allowed visitors to efficiently obtain information over a great variety of topics. Visits and speeches from the three French ministers Fleur PELLERIN (deputy Minister of Industry, in charge of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and digital Economy), Kader ARIF (deputy Minister of Defence, in charge of Veteran Affairs) and Manuel VALLS (Minister of the Interior), illustrate the inter-ministerial commitment from public authorities towards French and foreign industrialists on the matter of cybersecurity”.

    On this occasion, the 2013 Cyber book prize was awarded to two authors: Eric Freyssinet and Pierre-Luc Réfalo. Eric Freyssinet, head of the French National Gendarmerie Cybercrime Division, was rewarded for “La cybercriminalité en mouvement” (published by Lavoisier), while Pierre-Luc Réfalo, associate for Hapsis, was rewarded for “La sécurité numérique de l’entreprise, l’effet Papillon du hacker” (published by Eyrolles).

    Continuing the International Cybersecurity Forum, the FIC Observatory (co-run by the French National Gendarmerie, CEIS and the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council) is a platform for thoughts and discussions, animated throughout the year. It offers a constant watch over issues covered during the FIC workshops and roundtables, pursuing 4 key objectives:

    • Raising awareness within institutions and firms of strategic issues related to cybersecurity.
    • Creating a network of both public and private actors.
    • Preparing for the annual forum by identifying relevant topics.
    • Continuing discussions engaged during the FIC.

    The FIC Observatory organises on a regular basis themed breakfasts gathering private and public partners. Dates for such breakfasts, but also publications, analyses and news briefs can all be found at www.fic2013.com.


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