DCI to Disseminate its Cyber Defense Know-How Abroad

06.03.2015 Security
DCI to Disseminate its Cyber Defense Know-How Abroad

DCI to Disseminate its Cyber Defense Know-How Abroad

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Since the national cyber defense plan was launched by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, DCI is intending to promote the French know-how in this field abroad.

In February 2014, a week after the Minister’s announcement, DCI gathered several foreign countries such as Mexico, Singapore and Eastern European countries for a Cyber Defense Management Institute (CDMI) seminar in Paris. Large industrial groups and innovative SMEs took part in the organization of this seminar.

DCI has also developed a close partnership with the French Ministry of Defense. As part of the DEFNET exercise which took place at the end of September 2014, DCI has played a major role in the preparation of this exercise by developing with the General Staff the technical platform allowing armed forces to perform the first large scale cyber crisis exercise.

DEFNET 2014 was built on a realistic scenario: hackers have attacked air base networks taking advantage of a weakness in one of the military facilities subcontractors. About sixty cyber defense experts worked on this scenario in order to organize the response.

DCI is planning to organize soon a second exercise with a situational awareness tone which will take place in St Cyr-Coëtquidan (France) within the “Cyber Britany” pole before increasing the offer of cyber trainings to friendly countries.

“DCI is working on the French Armed Forces know-how transfer. With regard to cyber defense, we are working very closely, on one hand with the armed forces Staff and on the other hand with the French armament procurement agency. Quite a few countries are already interested in our cyber trainings,” explained Jean-Michel Palagos, DCI Chief Executive Officer.

Created in 1972, DCI is an intermediate sized service company with the French government as the concurring shareholder. DCI is culturally close to the French Ministry of Defense. Its main mission is to transfer the French Armed Forces know-how to friendly foreign nations including:

  • Consulting and assistance throughout the life cycle of armament programs
  • Training engineering in the academic, operational and technical fields.

DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavoring to extend their activities to European Union countries.



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