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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*2020 edition numbers

The programme Roundtables The commissions  Meetups Steering committee

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
  • 2 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 


Le Before is marked by key moments 

Le Before gathers 150 cybersecurity experts: 120 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.


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.

1) Regulation, sovereignty… What national and international context for tomorrow?

Presidents: Philippe Loudenot Cyber ​​Security Delegate, Pays de la Loire Regional Council and Sébastien Bombal Head of strategy, COMCYBER
Moderator: Mélanie Benard-Crozat, Journalist. Editorial director of S&D magazine

Faced with an extremely complex subject, the work of the committee will revolve around three highlights:

A 2020–21 review

  • regulatory and normative changes
  • national and international initiatives in terms of cybersecurity and digital sovereignty

A feedback that will be based on a questionnaire sent upstream to all participants.
A debate which will have to answer various questions:

  • Do we have the right standardization tools?
  • What are the supervisory bodies for these initiatives? How effective are the actions?

2) The resilience of organizations in the face of new crises.

Presidents: Patrick Menez Deputy Group CISO, Axa and Stéphane Tournadre Director of Security SI Servier
Moderator: Caroline Moulin-Schwartz, Speaker and Technical Delegate of CRiP

As crime and geopolitical conflicts drift into cyber, it has never been so difficult to imagine the crises to come. And yet our governments are actively preparing for new forms of war. But what about our organizations? How to prepare to live in a system where the threat will be permanent? How to learn to manage crises which will become complex and multifactorial? Beyond cyber crisis management, we must prepare for new forms of resilience. We will be working on this foresight exercise in the next Before. An exercise that will allow us to co-construct new resilient systems that integrate the notion of systemic crisis.

3) When geopolitics invites itself into cyber, when clashes between states weigh on the security of companies, how to apprehend these new risks and integrate them into the definition of an IS strategy?

Presidents: Fabrice Bru Cybersecurity Director, "Groupement Les Mousquetaires" and Administrator of CESIN and Dominique Guiffard Group CTO, Savencia
Moderator: Jérôme SAIZ Consultant, Opfor Intelligence

Geopolitical contexts have accustomed us to economic, cultural, industrial and political wars. We see that these wars are spreading more and more in the digital arena.

Thus, we can become collateral victims by using digital services that can be the target or weapon of geopolitical conflicts between nations (eg SolarWind). In addition, we are challenged to implement a long-term global IS strategy, taking into account the varied and even contradictory national regulatory contexts. Today we are disarmed. Geopolitics is not always a risk taken into account by CISOs. They are sometimes ignorant of the cultural and political approaches of the countries where their company operates. The following questions may arise: 

  • How to follow the evolutions of the geopolitical situation in order to adapt the IS and SSI strategies?
  • Should we take more into account the geopolitical contexts in our projects, in our strategic plans?
  • Should we plan for "cultural, ethnic, political and religious" training when working internationally, adapted to the digital world?
  • If the infrastructures of our strategic suppliers (Microsoft, Google, AWS, etc.) are the subject of major attacks, are we among the customers to be "sacrificed"? What are the impacts in our resilience strategy? Can we become pawns in the digital war between states (eg Stuxnet)? How to identify actors and stakeholders?

We invite you to share your experiences, testimonies, thoughts on a new subject, unexpected but which has become more significant, that we must take into account in our choices and risk analyzes.

4) Extended company: How to develop trust within its ecosystem?

Presidents: Thierry Auger Corporate CIO & Group CISO, Lagardère and Olivier Ligneul Cybersecurity Director, EDF Group
Moderator: Cécile Desjardins, Journalist

The extended enterprise has become a true ecosystem made up of partners, suppliers, freelancers, etc. but also tools and applications, increasingly driven by the cloud. Accelerated by the pandemic, Digitalization and remote work are now leading us to realize the need to develop trust and to orchestrate the rules of administration, security, compliance, monitoring of this ecosystem ...

  • What are the challenges?
  • What transformations need to be made?
  • Do we need a rapid adjustment of the regulations applicable to each other and therefore work with the competent authorities?
  • Do we need a Chief Ecosystem Officer? What would be its mission and what would be its tools? 

5) The innovative cybertech ecosystem: Let's decipher it together!

Presidents: Malika Pastor Director of Information Systems and Digital, Colliers Group and Cyrille Tesser Director of digital legal investigation, La Poste Group
Moderator: Annick Rimlinger, Safety & Security, Cyber ​​& Data Protection Director, Aema Group

This commission proposes to address four main areas of reflection: 

  • SMART & STRATEGIC TECHNO TRENDS: What emerging innovations in CyberTech to watch for its CyberProtection and to transform its extended IS?
  • STANDARDS / LABELS / CERTIFICATION: Which ones to meet legal constraints & to respect regulatory compliance (and mainly data security)?
  • KEY ACTORS / CYBERSEC INNOVATION CIRCLE: What role do Cyber ​​partners play in ensuring this digital trust? (Startup; Cyber ​​Campus; CyberDéfense Factory…)
  • NEW CYBERSEC SKILLS (emergence): Who says new / emerging technologies says new methodologies says new skills but also new behaviors?


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


Steering committee

Thierry Auger

Corporate CIO & Cybersécurité Groupe Director, Lagardère

Sébastien Bombal

Head of strategy, COMCYBER

Fabrice Bru

Cybersécurité Director ,"Groupement Les Mousquetaires" and CESIN

Dominique Guiffard

Group CTO, Savencia

Olivier Ligneul

Cybersécurité Director , EDF Group

Philippe Loudenot

Cyber ​​security delegate, Regional Council of Pays de la Loire

Patrick Menez

Deputy Group CSO, Axa

Malika Pastor

Director of Information Systems and Digital, Colliers Group

Cyrille Tesser

Director of digital legal investigation, La Poste Group

Stéphane Tournadre

Security Director SI Servier