Le Groupe La Poste launches trials with Thales to determine optimum response to new cybersecurity legislation

Le Groupe La Poste and Thales today announced the start of a 12-month trial aimed at improving implementation of the measures enacted in France’s Military Programming Law (LPM) to heighten the security of the information systems deployed by critical infrastructure providers. In particular, the partnership will be an opportunity for La Poste to test Cybels Sensor, the trusted probe developed by Thales to ensure detection of cyberattacks.

Through this partnership, which is the first of its kind, Le Groupe La Poste and Thales have agreed to conduct real-life tests aimed at enhancing cybersecurity products and services in order to guarantee the high levels of cyberattack detection and response performance required by the LPM.

The agreement has three objectives: to test deployment and interactions between different cybersecurity products and services; to validate the

operational processes in place to ensure that stakeholders communicate and share threat intelligence effectively, and to improve the operational efficiency of both products and services.

With more than 40 years of cybersecurity expertise, Thales will provide Le Groupe La Poste with its Cybels Sensor trusted probe, a modular solution designed to detect cyberattacks on IT systems, in particular those deployed by Critical National Infrastructure Providers, which are subject to heightened security requirements. To further improve detection performance, the probe uses artificial intelligence algorithms capable of recognising zero-day attacks, and is also supported by a Cyber Threat Intelligence service. The solution will be tested with particularly high data rates (10 Gbps) via La Poste’s innovative PASIv2 Internet access platform.

As part of the measures being implemented to ensure its own compliance with the LPM, Le Groupe La Poste, through its internal cybersecurity teams, will offer the services of security incident detection providers (PDIS) and security incident response providers (PRIS), who will be able to interact and share information about threats using Thales’s Cyber Threat Intelligence platform.

By sharing their resources, expertise and services, Thales and La Poste are the first players in France to test the theoretical basis of the LPM requirements in real-life situations and to conduct operational evaluations of related services and solutions with a view to improving the quality and efficiency of cyberattack detection.

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