Brittany Regional Council identified cybersecurity, and more particularly cyberdefence, as top strategic priority areas in its Pacte d’Avenir Bretagne (Development and Innovation Partnership), with regard to research, training and innovation. The Region therefore helped to implement a cyber excellence organization (Pôle d’Excellence Cyber), based on those three main pillars. Cybersecurity is also part of the Region’s economic development, innovation and internationalisation strategy (SRDEII). The Cyber CNI Chair is perfectly in line with this strategy and is yet another step in the direction of greater cooperation between regional players in the areas of research and training.
Created in 2014 by the Ministry of Defense and the Brittany Region, The Pôle d’Excellence Cyber is an association that federates at the national level players from research, training and industry to help develop the French cyber sector and promote it internationally. The organization’s mission is to stimulate the development of training in cybersecurity, academic research, and innovative SMEs in the industry. The PEC currently has more than thirty active members, including players in the fields of training, research, economic development, the Ministry of Defense and more than a dozen major industrial companies.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is part of the economic, social and territorial cohesion policy. In France, for the period 2014-2020, the ERDF represents 8.4 billion euros dedicated to the objective of “investment for growth and employment”, with a view to strengthening the labor market and regional economies.