Dedicated to exchanges of views and professional meetings, the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) has become the leading European event on cybersecurity and digital trust. Its originality is to mix a forum to foster reflection among the European cybersecurity ecosystem and a trade fair for buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions to meet and network. Launched in 2007 by the national gendarmerie, and organised by CEIS, a french consultancy specialized in risk management, and supported by Hauts de France Region and Lille Metropole, FIC hosted during its last edition in January 2020, 12500 visitors, 430 speakers among which 100 international speakers, 60 conferences, 3500 networking meetings, and 450 exhibition partners.
The next edition which will take place physically again on 7th, 8th and 9th of September in Lille, after a virtual edition in june, will focus on collective and collaborative cybersecurity since the Covid-19 health crisis has enhanced the necessity to collaborate much more in our interdependent and interconnected world. 3 European Commissioners are expected to attend this FIC edition : Thierry Breton, Margrethe Vestager and Margaritis Schinas.
In January 2020, Lille Metropole attended for the first time at the FIC with a stand, thus affirming its commitment to this strategic subject and its will to federate companies and academic players to structure a cybersecurity campus, echoing the French government initiative launched in July 2019. Cybersecurity is also one the 2 major topics on which is based Lille Metropole and Hauts de France Region EDIH application, coordinated by CITC, our technology center on IOT, AI and cybersecurity.
Lille Metropole will also support the European Cyber Cup (EC2), the 1st e-sport competition dedicated to ethical hacking. The purpose of EC2 is to bring together the world of gaming and that of hacking in order to highlight cybersecurity professions and their challenges while mixing fun and competition. 20 teams of 10 persons will compete for 2 days (half from universities, half made of experts). At the end of the various tests, a general classification will be established to elect the 3 best teams ! Lille Metropole supports this competition in a way to attract talented students and experts in cybersecurity for its future cybersecurity Campus.
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