A word from the organisers

  • Now more than ever before, the increasing interconnection of networks, the development of services and uses in a globalisation context have made the need for “Digital Trust” a key concern for political, economic and public decision-makers. It is therefore essential to move from a defensive strategy to an offensive and proactive strategy, based on collective intelligence. The innovation strategy within the scope of the Economic Intelligence implemented in the Nord Pas de Calais region is an example.

    In a highly technological cross-border region at the heart of Northern Europe, challenges related to protection of businesses, public services and citizens represent an ongoing concern for regional decision-makers. Making Nord-Pas de Calais a region of excellence in the field of Digital Trust is a challenge that the Region meets day after day, in particular with the project for the creation of a “Cyber Security and Digital Trust” Cluster which will combine the expertise of businesses, research centres and public stakeholders. Making Lille the “European and global capital” of cyber security is a challenge that we are meeting with our partners, through the FIC, for this year and the years to come.

    Pierre de SAINTIGNON
    Senior Vice-President of the Nord Pas de Calais Regional Council
    in charge of Economic Development, New Technologies
    and Lifelong Learning

    Digital technologies are omnipresent today. They are a source of progress and growth if they are mastered, but they also involve risks of fragility. Today, we are all convinced of the urgent need for concerted action on the part of public and private stakeholders so that cyberspace is not left to the new predators, cybercriminals and cyber-delinquents. With that in mind, the French National Gendarmerie created the International Forum on Cybercrime in 2007.

    Organised in partnership with the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region and CEIS, FIC 2013 will become the International Forum on Cyber Security. Beyond cybercrime, the challenges are global. For the legitimate exercise of their sovereignty, States must be proactive and rely on cyber security strategies combining political, economic, technological and social concerns.

    Another innovation is that the FIC has created an Observatory to ensure a constant watch on these issues. This is the watchword of the FIC: To contribute to the European strategic debate on cyber security and cyber defence.


    General Marc WATIN AUGOUARD
    General (Ret)
    Head of the Research Centre of the Gendarmerie Officers School (EOGN)

    The geopolitics of cyberspace are in total upheaval: A fast-growing increase in the number of users, increased power of emerging countries, a shift of the centre of gravity, invasion of cyberspace by political realities, proliferation of conflicts…

    The 2013 edition of the International Forum on Cyber Security is called upon to take the evolution of the context into account while giving pride of place to continuity following the previous editions. Passive cyber security is no longer enough. Our response must now be dynamic and involves increasing international cooperation to fight the emergence of genuine digital havens and the development of increasingly professional cybercrime.

    Our response also involves stepping up cooperation between public and private stakeholders, as shown by the partnership created by CEIS with the National Gendarmerie and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region to organise the 2013 edition of the FIC.

    Olivier DARRASON
    President of CEIS