Espace Presse – 7 projects selected as part of cyber-PEPR

In the context of a constantly evolving cyber threat and intense global competition aimed at developing solutions to protect citizens, economic and institutional actors, France has adopted a national cyber security strategy within the framework of PIA4. The goal: to triple the sector’s turnover by 2025, train more professionals and develop sovereign solutions, while the issue of cyber security has become even more visible during the health crisis, by stepping up telework and cyber attacks on vital operators and institutions, reported by ANSSI in its latest Panorama of cyber threats.

By supporting research activities at the highest global level, PEPR Cybersecurity will strengthen national efforts in this area, and its results will feed actions further downstream of this strategy, such as the Inria Transfer Program run by Inria and the prototyping of sovereignty. solutions in the tendering of projects. Involves about 200 permanent researchers and teacher-researchers from CNRS, CEA, Inria and 22 universities 1 and large schools 2it uses several disciplines: computer science, mathematics, electronics and signal processing to help secure the three layers of cyberspace (hardware, software, data).

PEPR supports specific actions, in particular the implementation of targeted projects. Animation and knowledge transfer actions between academics and industrialists will also be implemented.

Seven initial major targeted projects covering two areas have been created. A call for projects, launched in June and run by ANR, will fund three additional projects.

The first 7 targeted projects

Information security axis

The project iPOP (Interdisciplinary project on the protection of personal data) aims to study the threats to privacy introduced by these new services and to design theoretical and technical solutions for the protection of privacy, compatible with French rules and European standards, which preserve the quality of the user experience . These solutions will be implemented and evaluated, both on their technological aspects but also on their legally and socially acceptable aspects.

The project SAFE COMPUTE (Computational security) aims to study the cryptographic mechanisms that make it possible to ensure data security, during their transfer as well as during the entire storage period, but also during processing, despite uncontrolled environments such as the Internet. Cloud for hosting and processing.

The project please (Verification of security protocols) aims to enable analysis of protocols that are implemented or in the process of being implemented, both at the level of the specifications of these protocols and their implementations. It will develop techniques and tools that enable the implementation of solutions whose safety will no longer be questioned in a cyclical way.

The project DEFMAL (Malware Defense) aims to study malicious software / programs (malware, ransomware, botnets, etc.). It will develop new approaches to analyzing malicious programs and contribute to the overall understanding of the malware ecosystem in an interdisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders.

System security axis

The project SUPERVIZ (Security surveillance and orchestration) focuses on the detection, response and remediation of computer attacks, topics grouped under the name “security surveillance”, which seek to strengthen preventive protection mechanisms and remedy their shortcomings.

The project SECURITY aims to design new tools that take advantage of new digital technologies to verify the absence of hardware and software vulnerabilities and perform the necessary proof of compliance.

The project ARSENE aims in a coordinated and structured way to accelerate research and development of sovereign and industrializable security solutions. The implementation of ASIC and FPGA demonstrators integrating the researched and developed bricks will make it possible, in a final phase, to test and improve this research work.

1. Sorbonne University; Western Brittany University; South Brittany University; University of Lille; University of Lorraine; University of Montpellier; University of Rennes 1; University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines; Grenoble Alps University; Jean Monnet St Etienne University; Paris-Saclay University.
2. ENS Rennes; ENSTA Brittany; ENS PSL; EURECOM

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