Rennes – spearheading French cybersecurity
Chosen in 2014 by Jean-Yves Le Drian, then Minister of Defence, Brittany is the most cutting edge region within the cybersecurity industry, as seen by the establishment of the Centre for Cyber-Excellence in Rennes.70% of Brittany’s cyber security sector, totalling almost 100 companies, are concentrated in the Breton capital. Here you will find key players in cyber-defence, such as the DGA Maitrise de l’information (Directorate General of Armaments Information Technology Agency) and companies such as Secure-IC, Ariadnext and Orange, as well as a number of start-ups.They draw in particular on more than 200 researchers working at the École des Transmissions, the Institut Mines-Télécom and Centrale Supélec higher education institutions. This all combines to make a dynamic ecosystem, supported by BDI (Bretagne Développement Innovation), which supports companies in the field.
- 2 500 jobs
- 120 cyber companies
- 2 000 students trained in cyber-related fields per year
The success story
Syrlinks, conquering the stars with its satellites
Evidence of the passion for cybersecurity in Rennes, the Syrlinks company went from 24 to around 100 employees in 6 years. The business specialises in space and in radio navigation for the defence sector.
It is dedicated to creating small satellites in low Earth orbit. This allows it to post revenue “of around €100 million” according to Philippe Moniot, the company’s Commercial Director.
For the next few years, the company is counting on growth “in the range of 20% to 25%”, as has been the case since its inception. This is a development that has been carried out and continues in Rennes, thanks to an “ecosystem that perfectly suits [their] activities” with the presence of both engineers and the DGA.
The business story
Hassan Triqui – CEO Secure IC
- Protecting devices from malicious attacks
- Actor in commercial and government markets
- Based in Rennes/Paris/Singapore/Tokyo
- 50 people
- 99% engineers
- 85% of revenue generated internationally
- Ambition: To become a world leader in on-board cybersecurity
The key centre
The Centre for Cyber-Excellence is investing heavily in research
Bringing together public and private, academic and industrial, civilian and military players, the Centre for Cyber-Excellence (PEC) opened its premises at the end of 2016. The aim of its work is to “stimulate the supply of training, research and the industrial and technical foundation of cybersecurity” explains Philippe Verdier, president of the PEC. This work can be seen in the establishment of 4 industrial chairs and more than 20 new training courses. Above all, in six years, €12 million has been invested in scientific theses, post doctorates and seminars, and €6.3 million in research and training platforms,benefiting its 30 active members, including the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Brittany region and Airbus, CyberSecurity, Thales, Nokia, EDF and La Poste.
We would like to thank IRISA (Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems) and our partner, the Centre for Cyber-Excellence, for their collaboration in taking photos. IRISA is a mixed research centre for IT, automation, signal and image processing and robotics. Jean-Marc Jézéquel, professor at the University of Rennes 1 and director of IRISA, is also in charge of coordinating research carried out in the framework of the Centre for Cyber-Excellence.