Hervé Guillou / Chairman, Trust and Security Industries Council (France)

Last updated on profile page : April 28th, 2014


A graduate form Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA ParisTech, Institut National Supérieur des Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) and INSEAD, Hervé Guillou started his career in 1978 as manager of mechanics and fluid systems in the Rubis attack submarine at the French naval shipbuilder DCN. Following this, he was project manager for the nuclear propulsion system of the new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine at DCN Indret. From 1989 to 1993, he was advisor and Chief of Staff of the French National Armament Director of DGA. In 1993, he held the position of programme manager in the international tripartite anti-aircraft Frigate programme Horizon and was head of the Joint Project Office in London.

In 1996, he moved to the engineering company Technicatome as Managing Director. In 1993, he had joined EADS (now Airbus Group), becoming successively chairman and CEO of Launch Vehicles and CEO of Space Transportation, then chairman and CEO of the EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) Business Unit, and chairman and CEO of the French entity EADS Defence & Security Systems SA.

Now senior advisor Defense and Security for Airbus Group, in 2013 he was appointed chairman of the recently created Trust and Security Industries Council.

By Hervé Guillou on ParisTech Review

La cyber-menace est en voie de prendre des dimensions systémiques pour l'économie mondiale. L'inquiétude des acteurs monte, au point que l'on peut craindre une réaction globale contre la numérisation, avec un énorme impact économique. Pourtant, les avancées en matière de cloud computing et de Big data pourraient, selon McKinsey, créer entre 9600 et 21600 milliards de dollars de valeur pour l'économie mondiale. Si la sophistication des attaques submerge les capacités défensives des États et des organisations, on peut redouter des règlementations et des politiques qui ralentiraient l'innovation et la croissance.
Cyber-threats are now becoming systemic in the world economy. Concern of all actors involved is rising, to the extent that it may lead to a global counter move against digitisation that would consequently have a huge negative economic impact. Notwithstanding progress in cloud computing and big data with, according to McKinsey, a generated annual income of between 9,600 and 21,600 billion dollars in the global economy. If the sophistication of cyber-attacks were to submerge the defensive capacity of States and organizations, we could fear more stringent regulations and policies that would in fact slow down innovation and growth.


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