European strategic autonomy, the new buzzword among French politicians and businesses, is looking like an issue of national and European survival in the light of recent months.

Promoted by minister Bruno Le Maire and junior minister Agès Pannier-Runacher from an economic angle, and by Florence Parly from a defence angle, European strategic autonomy is an essential aspect of our ability to address future challenges, particularly in digital technology and cybersecurity. This digital sovereignty, the subject of a Senate investigation, does not stop at national boundaries.

Strong strategic partnerships

To ensure and reinforce this digital sovereignty and build this European strategic autonomy, strong strategic partnerships between companies of all sizes will be needed throughout the old continent. We have an obligation to continue and realise the dialogue that has begun, with all sides accepting their responsibilities. Greater structure on one side, faster processes and decision-making on the other. And all with a more granular convergence between our shared objectives.

Consolidation of the sector

This naturally involves consolidation in the sector and collective action to unite talents and ensure interoperability between solutions, which will ultimately have to join together to meet the needs of end users, whether they are companies or states. This process must be driven forward by a global strategy and firm political will.
Towards a risk mapping at European level

European strategic autonomy is thus a strong priority. Driven by ANSSI, the EBIOS method aims to help cybersecurity players to establish risk mapping at a European level. This strategic momentum from ANSSI opens up new possibilities and will unquestionably help to scale up operations, which is vital to the economic health of our companies. The new approach will raise the level of global cybersecurity, driven by strong regulation and a powerful regulator. This idea, acclaimed by experts, is currently taking hold in Luxembourg.

Cybersecurity, cloud and data

Finally, is essential to offer our cybersecurity solutions in the cloud and address the question of sovereignty, not from the angle of the physical platform or architecture but in terms of data itself. Data is an essential element of this sovereignty. Technologies to protect data exist, including cryptography. They allow us to consider a very broad field of possibilities, from the location of data to the methods used to process or access it. Whether it is located in a sovereign, private or public cloud, in France or elsewhere, trust is essential, but it is no longer a question of technical capacity. We need to change our combat and evolve culturally, reinforcing healthy cooperation between players. Finally, we need to count on artificial intelligence, another key element of the future in which we must invest.

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