Les Entretiens technologiques

26 - 29 March 2020


Why attend?

Les Entretiens Technologiques are a time for CTOs to discuss with their peers and partners about network, telecoms and infrastructure topics with a different approach from what they usually find. The workshop principle makes it possible to examine technical issues in greater depth and in record time and everyone leaves with a new view of the subjects from a different angle.

The event will feature conferences, thematic round tables and workshops on market trends, and their summaries are shared with all participants at the end of the meetings.

In order to preserve the quality and homogeneity of Les Entretiens Technologiques, the number of participants is strictly limited and participants are personally contacted and invited by us.

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They were there

Thierry AUGER

Deputy CIO & CSO – Lagardère

Its high added value is that it establishes a factual assessment of a given topic, offering the visibility necessary for our businesses.


Regional Director Southern Europe – Sailpoint

Friendliness, proximity and trust, all in a cosy setting: these are the keys to the success of this Finaki event.


Skieur, Adventurer

Being able to share our experiences on the security issue was informative and rewarding.

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Message from the President

Message from the president

In celebrating 25 years of Entretiens Technologiques , I am very flattered and honored to be the first Cybersecurity Manager appointed to be President of the event. For the regulars, rest-assured, this is not a coup d’état to transform these Entretiens into a security-focused event. On the contrary, the variety of the 2019 themes—networking, infrastructure, cloud and cybersecurity—shows that the modern company’s technological landscape is becoming increasingly complex and its efficiency strongly relies on the mastery of all these interconnected subjects.

Another first in 25 years: the Entretiens will leave Les Arcs for Valmorel. We will have to change our migration route towards the meeting rooms! I have no doubt that we will be able to perpetuate this new framework of conviviality which is Finaki’s hallmark. I am looking forward to meeting the regulars and welcoming the newcomers to share these studious yet friendly moments with us.
See you at the end of March in Valmorel !





Conferences and round tables

Fri. 15 March

"Major technological trends: REX Innovation in Israel and CES 2019"
Presentation of important points to remember by Thierry Auger - Assistant ISD & CISO Lagardère Group

"The ISD embodies innovation from start-ups in industrial processes integrated in the IS"
Round table led by Cyrille Elsen, ISD of the Casino group with the following three start-ups: 3HPROD, QARNOT Computing

"Change is permanent and it’s time to take action” conference with Julia de Funès
based on her book “La Comédie (in)Humaine” co-written with Nicolas Bouzou

« La fabrique des start-up », published on 7 December 2018
Presentation by Jean-François Caillard, co-author of the book, entrepreneur, COO ANAXAGO, on the contribution of the digital transformation and its impact on business as a whole.

Saturday 16 March

« Leadership & the art of innovation» Monsieur Christian MONJOU
Research professor at Oxford University, winner of the Fondation Besse, specialist in Anglo-Saxon civilisations


AT1 – After the GAFA (US), will the BATX (China) threaten the codes of our sectors? Obstacle or springboard, do we try to beat them or join them?


We’ve had the GAFA and GAFAM waves that have been both an obstacle and a springboard to the corporate digital transformation. Now we’re seeing the arrival of the Chinese with their tools: BATX. How should we best prepare for them and avoid being trapped again with turnkey solutions forced on our businesses? Of course, we need to prepare for new technologies like Alexa who will speak tomorrow and will push a popular technology on B2C. Ali Baba is offering infrastructures to SOHOs and SMBs. The Chinese aren’t just copying any more, now they’re inventing. At his latest conference of Les Entretiens Numériques, Denis Jacquet highlighted that the Chinese government doesn’t oversee digital technologies, rather it allows initiatives to emerge.

  • What is these actors’ economic model?
  • Who among the GAFA and BATX are best for our sectors of activities?
  • Are there any European alternatives?
  • How do we protect our knowledge scattered among these unicorns who have become dragons? Should we (Can we) counter them or do we become their partners?
  • Are we still involved in a technological battle?
  • What are the impacts on our current business models (access, contracts, cloud, etc.)?
AT2 - How to create an agile network using SD-WAN

Speaker: Nicolas Decré - PSA Group

At last year’s workshop, it became clear that we have moved from the POC stage to maturity on SD-WAN. While the solution’s technical relevance no longer needs to be proven, the use cases for its deployment remain a key issue for business. With SD-LAN and the cloud to build new networks, virtualisation and automation have become strong levers in making companies more agile. SD-WAN also has to meet the needs of a model where data is transported in short cycle mode by combining operators’ different ports.

  • What are good use cases for deploying SD-WAN?
  • How can the technology’s maturity guarantee an operational vision?
  • How do we maintain a high level of agility in a context of reinforced security?
  • What are the most mature sourcing models?
  • How do we align network agility with the cloud for better service?
  • Is agility through SD-WAN the spearhead of competitiveness today?
AT3 - Is the company network facing extinction?

Speaker: Stéphane Carteron - ALTRAN

After 4G, which is now pretty much generalized, the first tests of 5G are now being announced. Asian countries (Japan, China, Korea) have dived head first into this technology, and the United States are following, as are Turkey, Estonia and Sweden in Europe. Beyond 4G or 5G technologies, many other technologies and offers competing with our traditional networks such as LAN, WLAN, Man or WAN will gradually shake things up. Is the dawn of a turning point in uses and therefore in offers corresponding to these new uses? Once high-speed mobile is in place, will the LAN truly be dead? Agility has become an unavoidable criterion to secure company business. As we look ahead to 2020, what corporate network will we see in three years?

  • Is the LAN truly dead?
  • What are the impacts on our infrastructures and on operational management?
  • What type of security should we adopt to guarantee confidentiality and protect our data?
  • How can we look ahead to build the network of 2020? How will this impact business investments? Stop or Go?
AT4 & AT5 – Security

The information systems chain is becoming increasingly complex and the ISD is now an orchestra with many instruments. The extended enterprise generates new security models. It also guarantees operational control of the company IS, data security and maintenance in operational conditions. New elements like AI and the blockchain lead to complexity that must be managed. How can these new elements be integrated in SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and Identity Management (IAM/IGA)? We can’t just watch security breaches happen, then fix them. We need to be proactive. The competition war is won with prevention. So, two topics emerge from these findings: governance and audit. These complementary approaches will be addressed differently.

AT4 - Security: How to best govern it and what concrete proposals are available to improve effectiveness?


How do we govern the entire IS chain while controlling security? Our teams are multicultural, our companies have multiple internet access points and security is increasingly becoming cybersecurity. Taking all these elements into account, should we govern differently? The threat is becoming more and more sophisticated and real-time intrusion tests are needed to deal with potential attacks. Security is no longer just a concern for the CISO, but for the entire company.

  • How do we better educate users about security?
  • Are the decision-making process and the resulting responsiveness appropriate?
  • What governance and organisation should be put in place in order to ensure self-monitoring and a proactive approach?
  • How can we integrate the concept of security right from the DevOps design and realization stage and develop the DevSecOps model?
  • Where should we focus our efforts (regulatory respect, the normative part and security policies, operational security with the implementation of state-of-the-art solutions, control and detection, crisis response and management, etc.)?
AT5 - Security: Should we adopt an audit approach?

Speaker: Pauline FLAMENT – MICHELIN

Anticipation and detection are paramount to protect ourselves against potential attacks. The darkweb can offer proactive detection to help us. However, we need end-to-end visibility of the IS chain and a framework to identify vulnerabilities and workarounds.

  • What framework should we put in place to ensure end-to-end protection?
  • How do we deal with continually evolving regulation?
  • What new security models will we have to develop?
  • Complexity is the enemy of security. So, how do we simplify things?
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AT6 - Improving employee digital security skills: What needs to change? Which organisation do we need?

Speaker: Eric VAUTIER – ADP

ISD of the Schneider Electric Group, Elisabeth Hackenson decided to assist the company’s transformation with respect to AI, blockchain and chatbots by training all of the ISD’s employees (2 200 people) to become internal digital ambassadors. CIGREF has published its new business nomenclature that includes digital businesses. New categories are appearing around data, agility, supplier management, corporate transformation and security, a category in which we distinguish between CISO, cybersecurity expert and ISS auditor. CIGREF also includes the organisational changes needed to cope with the corporate digital transformation and its impact at all company levels.

  • Some ISDs are becoming more aware of this, but what should be done in practical terms?
  • What approach should be used to raise awareness among employees so that they become the new ambassadors of change within the company?
  • CISOs are now involved in the company’s business processes. Since they address topics in a different way, could CISOs be the ISDs of tomorrow?
AT7 - The ISD, become agile or bust?


There is a lot of talk about agility, DevOps, SecDevOps and the like. The question we want to address is whether agility is a necessary evil for the ISD to be transformed. Of course, we want things to go quickly because we face pressure from the market and from our internal clients. So, is DevOps just a flash in the pan or a groundswell? Can we combine this new norm while maintaining our longstanding organisations and operating modes?

  • What changes come with DevOps or SecDevOps?
  • How should the ISD organise itself to continue to maintain time-to-market?
  • What impact will DevOps have on networks and telecoms and production in general?
  • What is the future of Operations? From Ops to DevOps, what will change for Ops profiles and organisations?
AT8 - How can AI serve security?


AI, chatbots and machine learning are topical subjects. How can we integrate them better in the IS chain? Won’t autonomous networks draw on these technologies and provide new sources of intelligence? What can we learn from experience to help us prepare for these challenges? How do we remain credible and maintain control in this new framework?

  • What is the difference between AI and machine learning? Let’s look at some definitions!
  • How do we apply AI to security and use it for dynamic prevention and detection assistance?
  • What experiences can we learn from today?
  • What fundamental choices have to be made to develop AI in security?
  • How could AI improve responsiveness against intrusions?

Program committee


Cybersecurity is not just technology. Come and share your successful awareness experiences.

Nicolas DECRE Groupe PSA

Head of WAN & Voice Network Solutions - Managing WAN and voice at Groupe PSA for 12 years. Different technologies and contracts, SDWAN and cloud concepts are a good response to heterogeneity.

Fédérico GARCIA Credit Agricole

Former manager of the ICT Risk design office – Major areas of IS evolution are the growing complexity, openness and industrialisation of the threat. IS security needs to be effective and pragmatic.


Director of Infrastructures and Operations – Responsible for the Infrastructures and Operations department for all countries and group entities, he is also in charge of the Enterprise Architecture in coordination with the Applications Division.


A career in networks and telecoms at Alcatel and Groupe Casino led Cyrille to take the reins of the group CISO in 2013 then the CIO in 2017.


Network, Security & Telephony Manager - FINAKI, the opportunity...the good fortune...to brainstorm with you on the vice that is squeezing Europe between the GAFAM on one side and the BATX on the other. Is it simply European digital taxation? Maybe not...


Factories Manager – At group IT, Philippe steered several major Group infrastructures and telecoms transformation programmes before taking charge of the Factories, transforming IT working methods.


Network – Telecom Engineering Director, at Michelin for 20 years and in various roles within the CIO in France and in the USA, I joined IT as Network Manager (WAN, LAN, Voice and Security).


IT Director – During his 22 years in the company, Sylvain has explored all of the company’s businesses, from electric network administration for a single site to computer networks, providing him with an overall view.

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