France has just launched a new alert system to protect small and medium-sized companies in the event of a serious cyber incident caused by hackers.
Due to the increasing risk of being attacked by hackers around the world, the French Government has implemented many measures to respond, including the establishment of a Cyber Security Monitoring Center since 2017 to support companies. Companies, associations, and workplaces respond to cybercrime threats and provide the means to protect themselves.
The new warning system was introduced in the context that French businesses have been regularly hacked in recent times, especially during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the French National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI), the number of cyberattacks in 2020 increased by four times compared to 2019. Therefore, in February 2021, the French Government decided to deploy €1.039 billion strategy to deal with this problem.
According to Christian Poyau, co-chair of the Committee on Technology Transformation of the French Employers’ Union (MEDEF), nearly half of French businesses have been victims of hackers. In large enterprises, there have been more than 2,000 hacking attacks. Recent cyberattacks targeting companies pose risks not only to business operations, but also to suppliers and customers.
In the wake of the outbreak of cyberattacks targeting French businesses in recent months, cross-sectoral bodies such as MEDEF, the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME) or the Alliance of Individual Business Households. (U2P) has requested the government to have supportive solutions to prevent and respond to cyber attacks.
With the new measure introduced, the French Government hopes that businesses, especially small businesses (about 500,000) will no longer be in the state of “unilateral code” when being hacked. Accordingly, when a security hole or a hacker threat is detected, the national alert system (managed by Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr and ANSSI Cybersecurity Monitoring Center) will send a notification ” concise and easy to understand” for business leaders about detected risks as well as timely response measures.
Such notice will also be sent to relevant organizations and industries as quickly as possible to help business leaders raise vigilance and strengthen prevention and control measures. The speed of information processing and the ability to take immediate actions supported by the implementation of this system will allow businesses in France to better protect themselves and thus limit the impact of attacks. Cyber attacks on the French economy.
The cybersecurity industry in France provides more than 37,000 jobs, which has grown very rapidly in recent years. The industry’s revenue is expected to reach 25 billion euros in 2025 from 7.3 billion in 2019 in the goal of becoming a highly competitive sector globally.