Cybersecurity includes all the measures likely to be taken in defense against threats stemming from cyberspace: attacks against critical infrastructure, criminal use of the internet, political or economic espionage, vulnerability of information systems due to faults in increasingly more complex software design.
Over the last few years, the spectacular increase in the sophistication and the intensity level of cyber-attacks led most developed countries to adopt national cybersecurity strategies. On the 3rd and 4th of February, Expertise France hosted a delegation of academics from Kosovo, Moldavia and Macedonia, within the framework of the "Enhancing Cybersecurity" ENCYSEC project.
Following a day dedicated to the cybersecurity training policy in Paris, the delegation visited the École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Bretagne-Sud (ENSIBS) in Vannes, where academics had the opportunity of watching a full-scale crisis management exercise for students registered on a cyberdefense engineering course.
The exercise took place over a two-week period and was an opportunity to practice the skills gained in terms of analysis and response to digital attacks, team management, stress management and crisis communication, emergency decision-making, adaptation to complex situations, and proficiency in technological tools. The delegation was accompanied by the Pôle d'Excellence Cyber de Bretagne.
Funded by the European Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and steered by Expertise France, in partnership withConseil, the ENCYSEC project started in January 2014 and will end in August 2016.
The ENCYSEC project globally aims at improving security and resilience of information and communication technologies networks in 3 Eastern European and Balkans countries (Kosovo, Macedonia and Moldova) by building and training local capacities to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks, prosecute such actions and establish an appropriate or applicable legal framework on a regional level. The project includes:
- the training of specialist teams within national administrations;
- the establishment of new cyber-attacks warning and response centres;
- the establishment of national cybersecurity strategies and the development of regional and international cooperation.