Deputy Minister, Manlio Di Stefano, spoke at the awards ceremony held this morning for the online CyberChallenge, organised by CINI’s National Cybersecurity Laboratory. CINI (National Inter-University Consortium for Informatics) involves more than 1300 informatics and informatics engineering lecturers, from 48 Italian Universities. This is the major Italian initiative for identifying, attracting, recruiting, and putting the next generation of informatics security professionals, also known as “cyber-defenders”, into employment. .
“Italy’s cybersecurity strategy,” said Deputy Minister Di Stefano, “sees research as a fundamental pillar, thanks to which Universities, research centres, and innovative start-ups develop informatics technologies and resilience capacity, interacting with public institutions and private companies, in order to achieve the utmost competitiveness for the Country in this sector as well. Last year the Government equipped the Country with a National cybernetic security perimeter, in order to guarantee the highest security level for networks, information systems, and informatics used by public administrations and operators.”
“Our action does not end there: the Foreign Ministry’s lines of action look to cybersecurity as a great opportunity for our Country’s System, centred on valorising and supporting the capacity of Italy’s entrepreneurial system to compete at a global level, in a context of strong growth. That is why we look favourably on this initiative, destined to train and reward our talented youth who want to go ahead in this promising sector, which is strategic for our Country and for its production system,” concluded the Deputy Minister.