Colonel Eric Freyssinet

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Chief Digital Strategy Officer for the Gendarmerie Nationale

Eric Freyssinet portrait

Colonel Eric Freyssinet was appointed as Chief digital strategy officer for the gendarmerie nationale on May 1st 2017, after 19 years of his career dedicated to the fight against cybercrime in technical, strategic and operational positions.

He has notably been the head of the IT Forensics department of the gendarmerie's national forensic laboratory (IRCGN, 1998 - 2005), in charge of cybercrime projects at the headquarters (DGGN/SDPJ, 2005-2010) and between 2010 and 2015 at the head of the gendarmerie's centre for the fight against digital crimes (C3N).
In those positions he was very much involved in international relationships, as vice-chairman of Europol's EU Cybercrime task force or chairman of a similar group of cybercrime specialised units for Interpol.

During the past two years, he was part of the team creating the Cyberthreats taskforce for the ministry of Interior.

Trained first as an engineer (Ecole Polytechnique, X1992), colonel Eric Freyssinet then specialised in IT security (Advanced masters on IT security SSIR, Telecom Paristech, 2000) and pursued his academic efforts by defending a computer science PhD on the subject of the fight against botnets (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6).

Eric Freyssinet is also an associate member of the LORIA computer science laboratory and teaches in different higher education programmes in France.

Finally, colonel Eric Freyssinet is also involved in public private partnerships through non governmental organisations, as vice-chairman of Signal Spam and seceratary general of CECyF, the french cybercrime centre of excellence.

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