By Pierre Oger, CEO, EGERIE

The European strategic autonomy, the new buzzword of French politicians and companies, sounds like a national and European survival issue in the light of the past few months.

Led by Minister Bruno Le Maire and the Secretary of State Agnès Pannier-Runacher from an economic perspective, as well as by Florence Parly from the defence perspective, European strategic autonomy is essential to our ability to address future digital and cyber, particular security challenges. This digital sovereignty, which is also the subject of a Senate commission of inquiry, does not stop at national borders.

Strong Strategic Partnerships

To ensure and strengthen this digital sovereignty and to build this European strategic autonomy, strong strategic partnerships between small and large companies, present throughout the continent, will be necessary. We have an obligation to continue and implement the dialogue that is currently being engaged with responsibilities for good faith on both sides – to build more structure on the one side, and to increase the speed in processes and decisions on the other. We have the common goals and the will; we now must get both parties to converge.

Consolidation of the Industry

But this, fundamentally, requires the consolidation of this sector. Consolidation as a collective action capable of uniting talent and building the interoperable solutions that must eventually come together to meet the needs of end-users, whether they are a company or a state. All of this must be driven by a comprehensive strategy and assertive political will.
Towards a Risk Mapping at European level

European strategic autonomy is therefore a strong issue. The EBIOS method – led by ANSSI (French National Cybersecurity Agency)- aims to help cybersecurity actors implement risk mapping at European level. This strategic impetus given by ANSSI opens the field of possibilities and will undoubtedly promote the transition to scale, which is vital to the economic health of our companies. This new approach will raise the level of global cybersecurity – driven by strong regulation and a powerful regulator. This idea, adopted by experts, is also being pushed in Luxembourg.

Cybersecurity, Cloud and Data

Finally, it is essential to propose our cybersecurity solutions in the cloud and to address the issue of sovereignty – not from the point of view of support or physical architecture but from a data point of view. It is a central element of that sovereignty. The data protection technologies exist, including cryptography which allow us to consider a very wide range of possibilities, whether it is the location or the methods to treat or access it. Whether it is in a sovereign, private, public cloud, in France, in Germany, in the UK, or elsewhere, trust is essential – but is no longer a subject of technical capacity. The technology for data-centric security exists today. We must change our battle and evolve. Evolve culturally, and strengthen healthy cooperation between the players – market, government, and industry. We must not go backwards. Finally, we must rely on artificial intelligence, which is also a key element of the future. We must invest in this field to help bring the European Strategic Autonomy to light.

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