PRISM: What’s surprising is that we are all surprised!

In the field of cybersecurity, the existence of global communication networks and online services espionage at large scale is well known and the persistence of backdoors inside some foreign software as well. Why then the public opinion welcomes PRISM with such surprise ?

For many years, several articles, emergency memos and reports draw attention to it. In France, the 2012 Report from Senator Jean-Marie Bockel clearly mentioned a “high probability” that networking hardware from Asia are used as Trojan horses inside our companies…

It seems that the buzz around PRISM is simply a way to reassure ourselves. Let us not be confused, for decades espionage has been a common practice between friends or foes and Internet is nothing more than another tool to achieve this goal.

Unease is real amongst political leaders, and do not deceive a shrewd-eye about online data protection. The snowball effect following the first discrediting reports  represents an astounding occasion to alert the general opinion and our fellow citizens about the dangers of the web, that is not the place of freedom we sometimes picture…

Honestly, this PRISM affair has the credit to finally make company leaders fully aware that their data are  not safe but in “open access” on networks.

You will find below a summary of  this affair that still echoes in the news.




Edouard Jeanson


Edouard graduated from the EFREI (France) and started his career in what was supposed to be an internship at CapGemini Finance, working on a banking security project. He ended up working for them for 7 years! He then moved to Sogeti France where he has been working on Information Security until now, completing this year his 15th year in the Group.

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