After the cyber attacks against two hospitals, Emmanuel Macron announced last Thursday thatone billion euros was going to be allocated to strengthen the cybersecurity of sensitive systems. This plan will benefit Iot Bzh. The Lorient start-up, created in 2015 by Fulup Le Foll, was selected with ten companies as part of the national call for the “Great cyber challenge”, launched in December 2019. Two other Breton companies, based in Rennes, Sekoia and Wallix, are among the winners. Iot Bzh, who won last year the AutoTech Grand Prize for Automotive Start-Up of the Year 2020, is the only company selected in the field of industrial internet of things.
Ten jobs at stake
With this prize and the allocated aid of € 460,000, the young company will develop a new prototype to protect industrial connected objects, which promises to be revolutionary. “We are going to transfer what is done in the cloud to on-board systems,” describes Fulup Le Foll. There is no equivalent yet. This breaks all existing models. It’s a real upheaval for developers. This technology can be used for cars, boats, trains, renewable energies, wind turbines and solar panels.
One of the challenges is to reduce the size of the models while improving their performance. “We will shape the architecture of the system, its intrinsic safety and its resiliency so that when one part is compromised, it does not affect the whole. We are the Vauban of cybersecurity. “
This award will serve as an accelerator for the start-up, made up of around thirty young engineers. “We have never had so much money with a prize. We will be able to hire five people, starting tomorrow, and, ultimately, around ten engineers. »Iot Bzh is also on the way with this project to succeed in its diversification. “Before, we made 100% of our turnover in the automotive industry. Ultimately, shipping should represent 30% of our turnover and energy 20%. “
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