France wants to encourage technology transfers between academics and cybersecurity industrialists

The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies (Inria) and the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) present the priority research program and equipment (PEPR), the “research” component of the national cybersecurity strategy presented by the government in February 2021.

A budget of 65 million euros

With a budget of 65 million euros over 6 years, this program involves 22 partners, universities and colleges, which corresponds to 200 researchers. While the national strategy aims to develop the cybersecurity sector, “the PEPR must support this development through specific research actions and through knowledge transfer between academics and industrialists“, explained Gildas Antoine, professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon and pilot for the CNRS of the PEPR.

Seven projects were thus selected ranging from 5.5 to 7.5 million euros. A call for projects will be launched at the beginning of the summer to finance three additional projects. 140 theses will also be financed within this framework. Two major areas of research have been set: information security and systems security.

Protect personal data

Among the selected projects is the iPoP project for “interdisciplinary project on the protection of personal data”. Its objective is to design techniques to protect data and to “de-anonymize” it. There is also the SVP project for “verification of security protocols” which aims to analyze the security of cryptographic protocols in order to improve the maturity of analysis of a protocol to arrive at “safe and flawless protocols“.

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