How Interior is reorganizing itself to better combat cybercrime

The Ministry of the Interior has just finalized its internal reorganization in the fight against cybercrime, with several texts that have just been published in the Official Gazette in recent days. With this reform, Place Beauvau acquires a service of national competence and gives a new face to specialized services in the police and gendarmerie.

Be it the culmination of an old internal project, which dates back to white paper on homeland security… published in November 2020. This text already advocated the creation of a cyber service of national competence, linked to the gendarmerie. Three years later, it ended decree establishing the Ministry of the Interior’s command in cyberspace.

Coordination

Specifically, this new service, called Comcyber-MI, replaces the old Comcybergend of the gendarmes, launched in 2021. The structure should allow for better coordination of Ministry of the Interior resources. She “will be responsible for the ministerial strategy, threat analysis, training and awareness-raising actions and operational support through the support of personnel with high technical knowledge and judicial competence”, specified A. parliamentary report.

Comcyber-MI will also have to produce an annual report on the cyber threat. A kind of document that began to be published at the end of the 2010s by a delegation from Place Beauvau, with last edition in 2019.

Consequence of the creation of this coordination service at ministerial level: the police and gendarmerie also reviewed their organization. On the police side, a anti-cybercrime office has just been created. It will merge the sub-directorate for combating cybersecurity and the former central cyber office with its never-ending acronym, Central Office for Combating Crime Linked to Information and Communication Technologies (OCLCTIC).

High level

This structure, shared with gendarmes, customs officials and internal intelligence, is a response “to the development of high-level cybercrime”, indicates the creation decree.

It should be “the true cornerstone of the national system to combat cybercrime”, allowing “simplification, better readability and increased global efficiency in its role of animation and operational coordination at national and international level”, he informed in Linkedin Nicolas Guidoux, current deputy director of combating cybercrime in the police.

The gendarmerie finally created a national cyber unit, linked to your operations and employment department. Or the new name of a well-known service, the Center for Combating Digital Crime (C3N), until now linked to ComcyberGend. The national cyber unit will be responsible for judicial investigations, but also for awareness and prevention. So many structures that now must prove they can work together.

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