Italy Boosts Cybersecurity With a New Unit Under Draghi


Italy’s government is speeding up plans to create a new cybersecurity unit directly under Prime Minister Mario Draghi to shield the country’s digital network from criminal attacks.

The cabinet approved the plan at a Thursday evening meeting according to a statement from premier’s office, confirming a report by Bloomberg News. The new unit will set centralized strategy for cybersecurity and be managed by a committee based in the prime minister’s office, it said.

Rome’s latest moves on security form part of a government push to speed up digitalization and beef up the country’s digital network, at a time when cybersecurity is becoming a top priority for global leaders.

Cyber crimes in Italy increased by 12% in 2020, with a 30% increase in espionage and sabotage, according to a report by Italy’s Clusit association for information security.


The number of serious computer network attacks is rising in Italy

Source: Clusit

The issue will also be on the agenda at the Group of Seven summit in the U.K., as European and U.S. leaders seek coordination on cyber attacks and criminal ransomware networks, many linked to Russia.

Draghi said last month that web interference from Russia was “alarming,” calling for a strengthening of digital security.

— With assistance by Daniele Lepido, Alberto Brambilla, Giovanni Salzano, and Sonia Sirletti

( Updates with statement in second paragraph.)