France creates campus for cybersecurity experts to tackle hacking

France is bringing together the country’s top cybersecurity experts in Paris’ business district of La Defense tackle the hacking, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said.
CIO Cyber security survey by PwCCyberattacks have become the number one worry of the world’s top company executives, according to a survey by PwC.

64 percent of the CISOs and CIOs PwC surveyed expect a jump in reportable ransomware and software supply chain incidents in the second half of 2021.

“France … doesn’t want to depend on foreigners,” Le Maire said at the inauguration of the venue. “It wants to be independent in advanced technologies.”

The project has drawn inspiration from a similar set up in Israel, CyberSpark, which has served as a model for Michel Van Den Berghe, the head of France’s Campus Cyber.

The campus will be a base for cyber startups and experts from some of the listed companies such as LVMH, L’Oreal and largest banks .

Campus Cyber can host 1,800 people. It is run by a company that is 44 percent owned and funded by the French state, with the rest of the capital divided among about 90 organizations, including Orange, Thales Sopra Steria, Atos and Capgemini.

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