On January 15th 2018, as part of the Annual Meeting of the think tank Cyberlex, Thaima Samman, Founding Partner of SAMMAN, moderated a roundtable on the role of legal rules to address the challenges on cyber security. A summary of the debates is available below.
This year's Annual Meeting of Cyberlex (a French think tank reflecting on IT law and new technologies) focused on “Security in a Digital Evolving World”. A roundtable moderated by Thaima Samman tried to answer the following question: "Can legal rules play a role in addressing cybersecurity challenges"?
Eric Bothorel, LREM MP (Presidential majority) shared his Report on the Digital Single Market with the roundtable guests: Mathieu Coulaud (Head of Legal, Microsoft France), Guillaume Vautrin (Senior Legal Counsel, Google), Alexandra Bensamoun (Professor in Private Law, Rennes 1 University – Director of the Masters in IP law and digital technologies), Philippe Laurier (Cybersecurity Risk Consultant, IRT SystemX).
Participants agreed that law is necessary but insufficient to achieve cybersecurity. the Legal framework should define the key mandatory principles rather than multiplying formal rules. Soft law and stakeholders’ self-regulation should become the key means to reach cybersecurity requirements.