An anti-scam filter on the rails, the establishment of a cyber-score or even additional means. The Minister Delegate for the Digital Transition and Telecommunications Jean-Noël Barrot has just presented the government’s new cybersecurity roadmap during a trip to the Cyber Campus, this site which brings together companies and administrations in the Ile-de-France district of La Défense.
Protect the general public
A series of measures that give pride of place to simple and effective means to be made available to the general public to protect themselves against everyday cyber-maliciousness. This line of effort was mentioned by Guillaume Poupard at the last International Cybersecurity Forum, in June 2022. Beyond the central administration and the operators of vital importance, already better armed, the head of Anssi had pleaded for a “cybersecurity of services” in the image of what is done by Active Cyber Defense in Great Britain, this range of free tools intended for the general public or targeted beneficiaries.
This strategy therefore inspires the French administration today. Thus, announced in Emmanuel Macron’s program during the presidential election, an anti-scam filter is being put in place. It should be available in beta version by summer 2023 before being fully operational the following summer. It will be a “simple, optional and free tool which will warn Internet users in real time and preventively filter the Internet addresses corresponding to malicious sites”, specifies the Minister Delegate for Digital Affairs.
The new tool, coordinated by the public interest group Cybermalveillance with the assistance of several administrations (the repression of fraud, the Interior, or even Anssi, the French cyber-firefighter), will first try to counter primarily phishing sites, fake online sales sites or even fake financial investment sites, the most frequent serious scams.
“My secure service” then the Cyberscore
In the same vein, the public authorities are preparing the implementation, within a year, of a cyberscore, based on an audit by a service provider qualified by Anssi, allowing Internet users to know the level of security of their data on the sites and social networks used, “like the nutri-score for food products”, recalls the Minister. In February 2022, Parliament adopted this new obligation imposed on major digital platforms, which is to come into effect on October 1, 2023.
If we will still have to wait to see the materialization of the cyberscore, the “My secure service” application must be operational by the end of November. This project incubated by Anssi should allow public officials to easily secure and approve online public services, such as websites, mobile applications or APIs.