Italy sets up cybersecurity agency to deal with growing cybersecurity situation

Italy created a national cybersecurity agency after Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned that Europe needed to protect itself from Russian “interference”.

Italy sets up cybersecurity agency to deal with growing cybersecurity situation

A cabinet meeting late on June 10 approved the creation of the new agency, the Cyber ​​Security Agency. In a statement, the government said it would need to “protect national interests, and the resilience of national services and essential functions from cyber threats”.

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on June 10, local time, the Council of Ministers, based on a proposal by Prime Minister Draghi, passed a bill on emergency cybersecurity provisions, the definition of a national cybersecurity architecture and a national cybersecurity agency establishment (decree). Namely, emergency provisions have been introduced in terms of cybersecurity, the definition of a national cybersecurity architecture and the establishment of a national cybersecurity agency (ACN).

The measure complements the National Cyber ​​Resilience Strategy, which begins with the principle of cyber boundaries, and raises public, private and civil society awareness of cyber risks and threats by promoting a culture of cyber security.

The National Cyber ​​Security Agency will operate under the supervision of the Prime Minister and the Authorized Authorities for Security of the Republic, and will be in close contact with the Republic Security Information System, and will be responsible for, among other things:

1. Fulfill the responsibilities of national cyber security, protect national interests, and protect national services and basic functions from cyber threats;

2. To develop national capacity to prevent, monitor, detect and mitigate cyber threats through the operation of the Italian Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and the National Centre for Assessment and Accreditation in order to deal with computer security incidents and cyber attacks;

3. Assist in improving the security of information and communication technology systems of personnel, public administration agencies, core service operators and digital service providers within the scope of national cybersecurity;

4. Support the development of industrial, technological and scientific skills, promote innovation and development projects, while encouraging the development of strong national human resources in the field of cybersecurity, taking into account the country’s strategic autonomy in this field;

5. In the field of national cyberspace security, network and information systems security (NIS Directive) and Electronic communication network security, assume the function of a single national interlocutor of public and private actors in security measures and inspection activities.

In addition, the decree establishes the Interministerial Committee on Cyber ​​Security (CIC) and provides specific supervisory powers for the Security Council of the Congress of the Republic (COPASIR).

Finally, as a timely adjustment to European legislation, the government has identified the agency as Italy’s national focal point, which will work in synergy with the newly created “European Centre of Competence in Cybersecurity for Industry, Technology and Research” strategic autonomy in one area.

Prime Minister Draghi said after an EU summit in Brussels on May 25 that urgent action was needed to tackle digital threats.

Italy sets up cybersecurity agency to deal with growing cybersecurity situation

“We need to strengthen ourselves, we need to strengthen ourselves a lot, especially in terms of cybersecurity, all of us, at the national level and at the EU level…because the level of (Russian) espionage and manipulation of the network has become real. worry.”

Earlier this year, an Italian navy captain was caught by police while selling classified military documents to Russian embassy officials. The files were leaked from his computer.

The Italian government asked the new agency to develop strategies for preventing, monitoring, detecting and mitigating cyber-attacks, and to strengthen national defenses.

The agency, which will employ about 300 people, will be controlled by Draghi and his security intelligence adviser, former police chief Gabriel, according to media reports.

Italy is one of many European countries that are stepping up their efforts to tackle cyber risks. In an increasingly networked world, cyber risk is seen as a threat to their security and competitiveness.

Reuters believes that the decree, under the authority of the prime minister, unifies many aspects of digital security, which are currently scattered among several ministers and state agencies.

The director and deputy director of the Cyber ​​Security Agency are said to serve four-year terms. Their term of office can be extended once. The agency, comprising six divisions, will initially have 300 employees, which will increase to about 800 by 2027.

Draghi, a former European Central Bank (ECB) president, has been active in intelligence matters since being appointed to lead a government of national unity in February.

Last month, he appointed career diplomat Elisabetta Belloni to lead Italy’s intelligence agency. She is the first woman to hold the position.

The prime minister also needs to appoint the head of a new cybersecurity agency.

“Corriere della Sera” (Corriere della Sera) computer engineering professor Roberto? Roberto Baldoni and cyber police chief Nuzia? Nunzia Ciardi is listed as the top candidate. Baldoni already works in cybersecurity for intelligence agencies.

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