CyAN network aims to smash cybersec silos

Group provides a meeting space to talk security from all angles, not just tech

Headshot of Jean-Christophe Le Toquin, President at CyAN

Information security has evolved to become a huge business: Gartner forecasted its market value to be $150bn in 2021 as vendors around the world develop more and more tools to combat an ongoing, morphing threatscape. But as challenges continue to mount and stretch even well-funded infosec and SecOps teams, many experts are calling for more human-centric approaches that go beyond swelling arsenals and bolstered digital defences.

Among the most interesting organisations to have arisen against this backdrop is Cybersecurity Advisors Network (CyAN). Established in 2015 in Paris, this professional association provides an international platform that makes it simpler to identify, and communicate with, trusted advisors with the requisite skills that match organisations’ needs. Members tend to be proven experts in their fields, whether they are users or providers of cybersecurity. They should also crave a more secure digital world and are willing to share best practices, speak at events and work on projects.

“It’s a cybersecurity organisation that is not thoroughly focused on technology but different perspectives of cybersecurity,” says Jean-Christophe Le Toquin, CyAN president.

“Cybersecurity used to be handled by ‘the serous people’ and you couldn’t find a place or an organisation on cybersecurity across topics so having a transversal approach [was difficult]. Today we’re in a much more diverse environment and cybersecurity has become a lot more related to broader security issues in general. CyAN is a place that is open to diverse fields in the technology business but also communications, policy, psychology and beyond. The big ambition was to break the silos cybersecurity was suffering from and more pragmatically to provide members with an opportunity to develop their projects. It makes it possible to connect with different types of expertise that can be respected by hardcore specialists.”

Another planet

Le Toquin is a former Microsoft lawyer and director of its EMEA Digital Crimes Unit to protect users from online threats, and chairs INHOPE, a global federation of 50 hotlines against sex child abuse images and videos. He says he felt a new network was needed to help people open up and talk about what is a hugely complex challenge.

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