Faced with the increase in cyberattacks, Emmanuel Macron must present Thursday, February 18 at noon the French strategy in terms of cybersecurity, after an exchange by videoconference with the directors of the hospitals of Dax and Villefranche-sur-Saône, recently victims of ransomware, announced the Elysee.

Hospitals, easy targets in the face of cyberattacks

The Head of State will announce a budget of one billion euros, including 720 million public funds, to strengthen the sector and triple its turnover to 25 billion euros in 2025.

The executive wants to create a “Cybersecurity ecosystem” by strengthening the links between public and private research, in order to reduce the share of foreign players who represent 30% to 40% of the French market.

Cyber ​​attacks on the rise

At the heart of this ambition, the future “Cyber ​​Campus” which will bring together over 20,000 square meters in La Défense, some sixty key players in the sector – large groups, start-ups, public players, training organizations, research players and associations.

The objective is to double the workforce in the sector, to 40,000 jobs, and to bring out at least three “unicorns” (start-ups with a capitalization of over one billion dollars). Among the most promising companies, the presidency cites Vade Secure, Gatewatcher or CybelAngel.

The workforce of Anssi (National Agency for the Security of Information Systems), which helps institutions to strengthen their security, should also increase to 600 people at the end of 2021 against 400 in 2017.

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Cyber ​​attacks on organizations quadrupled in 2020, a trend that affects “All actors and all countries”, underlines the Elysee. This is evidenced by the large-scale attack against digital giants and national agencies in the United States, as well as that against the European Medicines Agency.

Although the perpetrators often remain unknown and difficult to arrest, coordinated police action from the United States, France, other European Union countries and Ukraine succeeded in dismantling the malware network in January. Emotet. Another success is the arrest of members of the Egregor ransomware group which has struck the “Ouest-France” press group in recent months, among others.

Hospitals “are instructed never to pay”

As the examples of Dax and Villefranche-sur-Saône have shown in recent days, French hospitals are particularly vulnerable. They were the subject of 27 major cyber attacks in 2020, Secretary of State for Digital Transition Cédric O.

Neither the Dax hospital nor that of Villefranche-sur-Saône will pay a penny. Hospitals “Are strictly instructed to never pay” the ransoms demanded, recalled the director general of Anssi, Guillaume Poupard, adding that he hoped to be able to recover the data blocked by hackers, thanks to the backup systems.

According to the Secretary of State, 110 French hospitals have been “Accompanied in security audits” thanks to the support of Anssi and “11 of them are supported on a day-to-day basis”.

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