The 2013/04/24 at 08:20
Following the anonymous hit on Israel, the day’s proceedings on 9 April took on the air of a key rendezvous between French and Israeli security experts, with the Israeli technological elite meeting major French IT security system managers: a win-win day consecrated to innovation, allowing experiences to be be shared and concrete opportunities for business partnerships set up. On the programme: conferences and meetings, networking, business meetings with entrepreneurs or IT security operators. This was an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Paris Ile-de-France Region (CCIR- Paris Ile de France) and the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce (CCFI), in partnership with the Trade Department of the Embassy of Israel in Paris.
Cyber-security, fully-expanding markets
Cyber-security is “a very serious topic”, comments Philippe Leroy, one of the brand-representative speakers (Thalès, the leading French player in cyber-security), as “attacks are becoming more complex and multiplying”. We hear about the spread of attacks involving the exfiltration of data, but also there is also an evolution of risks facing companies and institutions: the security of key infrastructures, web applications, networks, workstations, data, cloud computing, etc. These developments also have an impact on managerial responsibilities: professions are evolving as management is required no longer for just equipment but also data.
“We see that people are developing maturity in this matter, everyone is in the process of reviewing their conception of security, to find countermeasures and protect their interests,” analyses Julien Petiot, IT Expert for the Israeli company Radware. “And it’s true that the very strong feedback that we get in the field in Israel can be exported successfully.” And indeed, the enormous ecosystem sprouted by hi-tech that exists in Israel, this “reservoir of start-ups”, is attractive, with the event drawing over one hundred participants. Eleven Israeli companies including Radware made the trip over to present their technologies and expertise offers.
“The CCI Ile de France is extremely interested in having the territory’s companies forming close links with these Israeli companies that are particularly good and recognised in their domain, and have already opened the way towards advanced technology,” explains Bernard Hagege, Vice-President of the CCI Versailles Ile-de France.
Bilateral collaboration potential still under-exploited
Beyond cyber-security, focus was placed on new issues relating to mobile phones and devices, such as touchless payment or identification via smartphones. Innovation was on the cards, with guest speakers providing overviews of social, legal and technological stakes raised by these highly promising technologies.
According to Henri Cukierman, President of the CCFI, the aim for French enterprises is also to penetrate the Israeli market: “Real efforts are yet to be made.” The current situation is not adequate: while France is ranked fifth worldwide in terms of economic exchanges, Israel comes in at number ten only. “And this effort is all the more worthwhile as Israel is one of the OECD countries to be least affected by the crisis, where growth has remained strong.”
Next came one-to-one meetings, consisting of 130 speed bilateral meetings between potential partners. “The only thing left to do is to pray that all this results in real business, growth, and jobs,” says Henri Cukierman. In 2012, during the previous edition, over ten contracts, trade agreements, industrial agreements and trademarks came into being.