Cybersecurity: Local authorities will have their "cyber responsible city" label

Par ediallo - 16 October, 2021 - 07:28

The label, created by the GIP Cybermalveillance, will be implemented from next year to distinguish communities that have implemented an action plan to fight against cyber threats.

Cyberattacks against local authorities are on the rise. According to Anssi (National Agency for Information Systems Security), they accounted for 20% of ransomware victims in 2020. Another report, from Clusif, indicates that in 2020, 30% of territorial councils and cities were affected by ransomware attacks.

In this context, the National Gendarmerie, the Alliance for Digital Confidence and the Cybermalveillance public interest grouping announced at the Cybersecurity Conference in Monaco, the creation of a "Cyber Responsible City" label.

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The label will be officially launched in early 2021. It will be awarded to local authorities that have taken steps to strengthen their cybersecurity. This will include the appointment of a "cyber champion", who will not be the mayor or the CIO.

Local authorities will also have to make a diagnosis of the measures implemented in their territory through the "Cyber Immunity" questionnaire, set up in September by the Gendarmerie in partnership with Cybermalveillance and the Association of French Mayors. Finally, they will have to set up an action and awareness plan.

The security of local authorities is the subject of a budget of 60 million euros released by the State as part of the Cybersecurity plan, launched at the beginning of the year.

The government platform Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr was launched in early 2017 by Anssi and the Ministry of the Interior.

It assists victims of cyber-attacks, puts them in touch with cybersecurity experts, and conducts awareness-raising missions. It is also working on the implementation of a National Observatory of the digital threat and risk.

RAPHAËLE KARAYAN