The Italian government has announced plans to set up a national cybersecurity agency as part of a wider initiative to create a secure, unified cloud infrastructure for the country. The announcements comes after a slew of ransomware attacks in recent months, with recent high profile examples including Colonial Pipeline and JBS.
<p>Italy’s plan to set up a national cybersecurity agency comes hot on the heels of several major cyberattacks on national level-infrastructure, which have served as an important wake-up call for all those who have a role to play in securing critical embedded systems.</p> <p> </p> <p> The success of this new scheme will depend on whether the Italian government can achieve several key goals. First comes safety standardisation. Establishing security standards and safe software development principles, exercising zero trust across entire systems and ensuring that every security protocol is implemented and enforced to avoid any blind spots in perimeter defences, should be an integral part of any national cyber strategy. </p> <p> </p> <p> Secondly, and most crucially, they must take a proactive prevention-based security posture to cybersecurity. <wbr />Organisations and in this case national bodies need endpoint defences that stop attacks automatically so that security teams can focus on business continuity, digital transformation, and resilience-building projects. That means adopting a proactive unified endpoint security (UES) strategy based on AI, ML, and automation. Having the capability to stop malware at the exploitation stage means organisations can <wbr />increase their resilience, reduce infrastructure complexity, and streamline security management. </p>