Le Before

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Created in 2017, Le Before is a strategic gathering event for the cybersecurity market’s decision-makers.
Scheduled the day preceding Les Assises, le Before welcomes a very limited number of participants is invited to exchange and debate about the future of cybersecurity.








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Become a partner Guests The programme Roundtables The commissions  Meetups

Le Before’s guidelines

  •  Freedom of speech
  • Small groups to benefit the interaction between peers
  • Structured talks with the partners
  • Efficient networkingTalks about the evolution of the industry

Participate as a partner in Le Before 

  • Le Before is accessible to all Les Assises’ partners whatever their participation package
  • 4 participation offers for partners : 100% Networking and speaking opportunity for one or two member(s)
  • Table for 8 reserved for lunch for each partner (2 collaborators and 6 guests)
  • Partners’ collaborator(s) can participate to one of the 5 commissions as well as the Meet-up if registered
  • Le Before guest list is handpicked by the DG Consultants team. Guests could be invited at Les Assises afterhand.
  • A premium follow-up to prepare your participation and brand brand visibility 

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Le Before is marked by key moments

Have a look at the top 30 companies invited and confirmed at Le Before 2020

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Le Before gathers 200 cybersecurity experts: 
150 end-users: CISOs, CIOs and other IT decision-makers.

Number of guests at Le Before are very limited, please contact the visitor team if you wish to participate. Your request will be considered according to your profile, the number of registered participant per sector and the places available.

The programme

 An intense day of high-level content: roundtables, commissions by sector and meetups.

Keynote Qualys: Cybersecurity… everything must be visible! | 09:30 > 10:00 

With digital transformation, IT architectures continue to evolve and expand, like an ever-expanding universe.
Cybersecurity needs full and continuous visibility, a roadmap to increase maturity, and a data-driven risk prioritization and analysis approach, to be fully effective. 

Feedback from Patrick Ménez, Deputy CEO of AXA Group

Master Class | 10:15 > 11:00

William Lecat Master Class Le Before

During the masterclass, we will receive William Lecat, Director of "Le Grand defi Cybersecurité". A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and holder of a Master of Science from GeorgiaTech in information security, William Lecat has been appointed by the government to take charge of the "Grand Défi Cybersecurité" programme as part of the innovation projects initiated following the Villani report. This exchange will be an opportunity to present the main axes of this programme, its objective and the projects already launched. It will also be an opportunity to review the state of cybersecurity research in France and the French ecosystem.


Closing conference | 18:30 > 19:15

Exceptional debate with Sylvain François, CTO of Rouen University Hospital and Philippe Loudenot, FFSI, Ministry of Social Affairs

During this exchange, the two speakers come back to the attack that hit the Rouen University Hospital in November 2019 and its consequences in terms of ISS

The Roundtables

The roundtables aim at giving an overview of the current issues in the industry and defines the main topics that will be addressed during the commissions.

The commissions

The commissions is where participants debates in small workgroups on transversal topics such as: data protection, cyber context, technology trends, compliance, governance, regulation, or providers’ management. Participants share their views and experiences. The result of the reflexion of each commission is synthesised and presented on the next day on Wednesday morning before the opening of Les Assises and available for all the participants throughout summary sheet.

This year the commissions will address the following themes:

  • Technology trends/Innovation
    Olivier Ligneul (Cybersecurity Director EDF Group) & Thierry Auger (Deputy CIO and CSO, Lagardère) 
    Moderated by: Cécile Desjardins, Financial journalist
  • Risk management (crisis organisation)/ Governance
    Patrick Menez (Deputy CSO Axa) & Malika Pastor (CIO, Colliers International)
    Moderated by : Annick Rimlinger, Safety and Security Director, Risk Management Department, Macif Group
  • Security management during crisis period
    Fabrice Bru (CISO, Mousquetaires) & Stéphane Tournadre (CISO, Servier)
    Moderated by: Mélanie Bénard-Crozat, Editor-in-chief S&D Magazine - Associate Director ESPRIT COM '
  • CISO after the crisis: the after click  
    Sébastien Bombal (ComCyber Adviser, Ministry of Armies) & Philippe Loudenot (FFSI, Ministry of Social Affairs)
    Moderated by: Jérome Saiz, Business protection expert
  • Supply chain/suppliers management
    Gilles Casteran, Managing Director cybersécurité
    Moderate by: Sophy Caulier, Journalist 


The meetups are very-small-grouped activities led by lawyers and experts. They tackle legal matters in a practical way.

  • Cyber ​​crisis management exercises

Jean-Marc Gremy, President of Clusif

In a context where crises of all kinds affect businesses, these crises succeed one another, repeat themselves, crisis management exercises must evolve to take into account a new dimension: crisis within crisis! the inability to predict the timing and intensity of environmental, societal, and now cyber crises should challenge us on how we prepare our operational teams. From the IT team, digital transformation, communications and leadership.

In this meet-up, we will discuss with the actors at the helm of cyber crises, the CISOs, in order to draw the future cyber crisis exercise scenarios when we no longer inject events, but new crises!

  • What legal responses to digital innovations?

Myriam Quemener, Advocate General at the Paris Court of Appeal

Digital innovations and regulation do not always follow the same temporality. Lockdown (then deconfinement) proved this again with a sudden acceleration of certain uses and practices (homeworking, dematerialization, etc.). Based on concrete examples, this meet-up will be an opportunity to exchange views between ISS professionals and a great magistrate, specialist in the cyber world

  • What place for economic security in the world of CISOs?

Lieutenant-Colonel Christophe Torrisi, Head of the Intelligence and Economic Security Department INHESJ

Along with, monitoring and influence, one of the three pillars of the Economic Intelligence is economic security. Economic security aims to identify and analyse risks and threats, to protect tangible and intangible assets, and to spread within any entity a culture of heritage security.

The digital revolution that has started in recent years is now gaining momentum under the pressure of an unprecedented international health and economic crisis. The CISO is thus faced with new challenges which require more than ever to have a holistic vision of security and to implement an appropriate awareness policy. Based on the "game of 8 families of economic security threats", this meet-up aims to present to participants how to put in place suitable preventive and protective measures.

  •  Reporting incidents and data breaches: what is the role of the CNIL?

Thierry Cardona, Engineer in the control department

This meetup will be the occasion for a presentation and a discussion on the price in charge of the reporting of incidents and data breaches by the control department of the CNIL
Reminder Report / Data Breach Notification
Origin / mode of communication of reports
Analysis and decision of the procedure to be initiated
Possible consequences: Closure, Sanctions ...