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Cybersecurity: the government wants to massively finance digital

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The government wants to massively develop its investments in digital in its orientation and programming bill for the Ministry of the Interior (Lopmi) by devoting half of the additional 15 billion euros announced by Emmanuel Macron to it.

More investment in digital

“Investments in cyber represent 50% of the additional envelope announced”, or 7.5 billion euros over five years, the Interior Ministry told AFP this week. Nevertheless, the future of this bill, which will be presented at the beginning of March to the Council of Ministers, is suspended until the presidential election. It therefore constitutes in its current state the security program of the future candidate Macron.

Monday, during his trip to Nice, the Head of State insisted at length on the need to fight against cybercrime, referring to the creation of cyber patrollers. The ambition of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin is to achieve the digitization of all official documents (identity cards, driving licenses, vehicle registration documents, etc.) and criminal procedures (registration of the complaint, hearing, signature , etc.). The ministry has thus commissioned a start-up to digitally transcribe the voices of children during their hearing, which is currently not possible.

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A big challenge with the 2024 Olympics

In the shorter term, the government also needs to equip itself with all the tools necessary to secure the major sporting events to come, such as the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024. During the Games from Tokyo, “the main challenge for the authorities was to manage the cyber threat”, General Marc Boget, commander of the gendarmerie in cyberspace, explained in October. “There were then billions of cyber events identified and 70,000 proven alerts to check during the 20 days of the competition, i.e. 3,500 per day”, he had said.

For the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the authorities expect an astronomical figure, around 400,000 cyber attacks. It is planned to devote one billion euros of investment to securing the event (new crisis center, cameras in the stadiums, means of combating drones, etc.).

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