Key facts

160 companies

8.000 jobs

3.500 students trained per year

200 specialist researchers

1.600 cyber defence experts attached to the Ministry of Armed Forces by 2025

What Bretagne brings you

Dynamic ecosystem

Bretagne has a rich, innovative network : major international groups have opened sites here dedicated to cybersecurity, Bretagne PME are recognised internationally and many start-ups are expanding in the region (directory of cybersecurity players in Bretagne). The Pôle d’Excellence Cyber aims to structure the sector by stimulating training, academic research and innovation within companies, in a collaborative approach.

At the heart of French cyber defence

The cyber hub of the Ministry of Armed Forces, Bretagne is now a cyber defence reference with the DGA-MI ; the Groupement de la Cyberdéfense des Armées (GCA), dedicated to the implementation and operational technical expertise of the cyber defence command (COMCYBER), which hosts several technical centres (CALID, CASSI, CHPI, C2PO) ; the National Information Systems Security Agency (ANSSI) ; 3 large military colleges. The ministry supports companies through initiatives like the Cyber Defence Factory that brings civilians and military personnel together to develop innovative cyber defence projects.

Pioneer of maritime cybersecurity

France Cyber Maritime was founded in Brest in 2020 with the support of the General Secretariat of the Sea (SGMer), ANSSI and regional players. This national cybersecurity coordination centre for the maritime world aims to boost the resilience of the sector to cyber risks and promote French excellence in maritime cybersecurity in Europe and internationally.

Landmarks dedicated to cybersecurity companies

Cyberdéfense Factory, run by the DGA and the GCA, brings together civilians and military personnel to develop innovative cyber defence projects. The Digital Square incubator is home to young digital and cybersecurity companies that benefit from personalised support and shared services and facilities. The Cyber Booster is France’s first dedicated cybersecurity support facility for start-ups, operated by Campus Cyber in Paris and the Poool in Rennes. The Cyberplace is a building entirely dedicated to cybersecurity, designed to encourage the emergence of collective projects, with an incubator for start-ups and secure office space for established companies.

Tools to strengthen Bretagne's cyber ecosystem

Launched at the beginning of 2024, the Breton Cyber Campus, steered by BDI, brings together companies, training, research and innovation players through a range of initiatives and events throughout the region. It provides a 360° view of the opportunities available in the region, and facilitates collaboration to develop new, more global solutions with real added value for the region. Bretagne has set up a cyber-attack response centre – CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) – to serve local authorities and businesses.

Excellence hub for telecommunications in France

As a leading digital region and historically the cradle of telecoms in France, Bretagne is a key player in telecommunications, particularly in network infrastructure and equipment, video, IoT and big data analysis.

European visibility

Bretagne takes part in the Interreg Europe Cyber project and runs the Cybersecurity Smart Regions action to develop synergies between the European cyber valleys. It thus reinforces its strategic position in Europe and gives Bretagne companies a high profile in the European market.

Major events

European Cyber Week is the major event in the strategic fields of cyber defence, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Every year in November, it brings together 90 partners and 4,800 participants from 26 countries in Rennes. Breizh CTF is a CTF (Capture the flag) type IT security competition that welcomes 600 candidates with a passion for IT security who come to meet companies looking for new talent. Symposium sur la sécurité des technologies de l’information et des communications (SSTIC) is a French-language conference on information security held every year in June in Rennes.

Our talents :
Training, research, innovation

  • Every year, more than 3,500 students trained in cybersecurity in twenty or so third-level institutions, including ENSIBS which will join the Datascience & Cybersecurity Digital Campus in 2025 alongside the Data Science departments of the IUT (Vannes), ENSTA Bretagne (port & maritime systems Cybersecurity), the Cyber Security Center and the CyberSchool – Graduate Cyber Security Research School.
  • Over 200 researchers specialising in cybersecurity within Irisa, Inria, IETRLab-STICC, IRMAR (cryptology) and IODE (law & digital) These research centres encourage partnerships with manufacturers and companies, the transfer of innovation and the creation of start-ups.
  • The private Institute of Research and Technology b<>com develops technologies based on its expertise in cybersecurity, 5G & IoT, artificial intelligence, augmented & virtual reality, cognitive technologies, image & sound processing and advanced engineering.
  • The High security laboratory (LHS) is dedicated to cyber defence research and is sponsored by the Bretagne Region, DGA, INRIA, CentraleSupelec and CNRS.
  • DIH Bretagne (Digital Innovation Hub) is selected as European DIH in the European programme “Digital Europe” and is active in cybersecurity.

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