July 9, 2013

French Military Cyber Security Head Visits ICDS

On 9 July 2013, the International Centre for Defence Studies hosted a lecture by Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustillière entitled “Cyber Defence – Strengthening Leadership and Developing Strategies, Doctrines, Tactics and Procedures”. A distinguished graduate of the Ecole Navale with considerable experience commanding warships in crisis zones, Admiral Coustillière is in charge of cyber defence in the French Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he also holds the position of Operational Capabilities Manager in the field of telecommunications and cyber defence. Introduced by event moderator and ICDS Research Fellow Tomas Jermalavičius, Admiral Coustillière outlined the French military’s view of cyber as “a tool that we need to know how to use, ”not“ a separate domain.” While noting that attacks against Ministry of Defence websites have “become more frequent, even if not more disruptive,” he argued that a high priority for his office was “ensuring better cyber behaviour” among personnel at all levels of the military. Coustillière concluded that to avoid duplication of future efforts, NATO should focus on defending its own information systems, with the EU — perhaps in the CSDP framework — should handle the protection of critical infrastructure.

On 9 July 2013, the International Centre for Defence Studies hosted a lecture by Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustillière entitled “Cyber Defence – Strengthening Leadership and Developing Strategies, Doctrines, Tactics and Procedures”. A distinguished graduate of the Ecole Navale with considerable experience commanding warships in crisis zones, Admiral Coustillière is in charge of cyber defence in the French Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he also holds the position of Operational Capabilities Manager in the field of telecommunications and cyber defence. Introduced by event moderator and ICDS Research Fellow Tomas Jermalavičius, Admiral Coustillière outlined the French military’s view of cyber as “a tool that we need to know how to use, ”not“ a separate domain.” While noting that attacks against Ministry of Defence websites have “become more frequent, even if not more disruptive,” he argued that a high priority for his office was “ensuring better cyber behaviour” among personnel at all levels of the military. Coustillière concluded that to avoid duplication of future efforts, NATO should focus on defending its own information systems, with the EU — perhaps in the CSDP framework — should handle the protection of critical infrastructure.

09.07.2013
On 9 July 2013, the International Centre for Defence Studies hosted a lecture by Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustillière entitled “Cyber Defence – Strengthening Leadership and Developing Strategies, Doctrines, Tactics and Procedures”. A distinguished graduate of the Ecole Navale with considerable experience commanding warships in crisis zones, Admiral Coustillière is in charge of cyber defence in the French Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he also holds the position of Operational Capabilities Manager in the field of telecommunications and cyber defence.  Introduced by event moderator and ICDS Research Fellow Tomas Jermalavičius, Admiral Coustillière outlined the French military’s view of cyber as “a tool that we need to know how to use, ”not“ a separate domain.” While noting that attacks against Ministry of Defence websites have “become more frequent, even if not more disruptive,” he argued that a high priority for his office was “ensuring better cyber behaviour” among personnel at all levels of the military. Coustillière concluded that to avoid duplication of future efforts, NATO should focus on defending its own information systems, with the EU — perhaps in the CSDP framework — should handle the protection of critical infrastructure.
His remarks were followed by short presentations by other military and civilian members of the French delegation that is currently on a 2-day visit to Estonia to share experiences and make concrete plans for further bilateral cooperation.
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