Data protection - a key issue

The adoption of Smart ICT technologies across all economic sectors means that we can, nowadays, collect, process and analyse ever larger volumes of data. The protection of such data remains a key concern.
Having a strong capacity for renewal is the essential drive to face competition within a global economy that is constantly changing. In the last few years, Luxembourg has grown stronger through the development of innovative technological businesses, whether in the sphere of electronic business, digital content, cloud computing, Big Data or e-payments.

Steichen03In other words, in terms of digital progress, the Grand Duchy experienced a significant boost in recent years. Today, Luxembourg is among the leading countries of the European Union in this field, just behind Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland) and the Netherlands.

At a later stage, the objective is to strengthen and consolidate the country's position in the field of ICT in order to, among other considerations, diversify the economy. "Digital Lëtzebuerg" is the name of the institution behind this digital transformation; Luxembourg's new face as a smart nation: a modern, open, highly connected nation that is good to go for a digital society.

In a meeting with Pascal Steichen, CEO of the economic interest grouping known as Securitymadein.lu, he tells us why Luxembourg is setting an example to follow when it comes to cybersecurity.

1. Luxembourg ranked 1st in the world for ICT access and 10th regarding ICT use. In what way does Luxembourg benefit from being a privileged location for companies in the ICT sector?

One of the main benefits is the development of a service-based economy. The high level of equipment and connectivity means that businesses can develop innovative services supported by a high performance digital infrastructure and a very receptive audience.

What's more, the country's size means that it is an ideal environment for innovations to thrive. Last but not least, for over a decade, the government has been strongly and actively supporting digitalisation and cybersecurity as cornerstones of the country's development strategy.

2. In what way is Luxembourg the example to follow in terms of data protection?

Luxembourg set very high standards right from the start for data and personal data protection, well before the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into the picture. As cybersecurity has also been a priority for a long time, it is obvious that these two concerns evolved hand in hand and reinforce one another.

In that ideal duet, cybersecurity is sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, which makes it an argument of economic attractiveness for the Grand Duchy, which is relatively unique in Europe. As for data protection, it thrives on cybersecurity's progress. For example, the "CNPD" (National Commission for Data Protection - "Commission nationale pour la protection des données" in French) supports the use of AIL tools (developed by the CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Centre)), which can detect and analyse data leaks on the dark web. 

(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)

  • Updated 28-11-2018