Italy establishes a cyber-security agency to guard against Russian ‘interference.’
After Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi stated Europe needed to safeguard itself against Russian “intervention,” Italy announced on Friday that it had passed a decree-law establishing a cybersecurity agency.
“On the proposal of President Mario Draghi, the Council of Ministers approved a decree-law that introduces urgent provisions on cybersecurity, definition of the national cybersecurity architecture, and establishment of the National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN),” according to a press release from the Italian Parliament.
“The Agency will function under the direction of the President of the Council of Ministers and the Delegated Authority for the Republic’s Security, and in close coordination with the Republic’s Information System,” according to the press release.
According to the press release, the cybersecurity agency will be tasked with performing “national authority in the field of cybersecurity” in order to protect national interests and the resilience of state services and essential functions from cyberthreats, as well as assisting in the development of cyberattack mitigation capabilities.
The agency will also be in charge of “supporting the development of industrial, technological, and scientific skills, promoting projects for innovation and development, and aiming at the same time to stimulate the growth of a solid national workforce in the field of cybersecurity with a view to national strategic autonomy in the sector,” according to the press release.
The Italian cybersecurity agency was established around a month after Draghi advocated for improved cybersecurity and warned of possible Russian influence.
“There are numerous things that can be done about Russia,” Draghi said in a speech before a European Union summit in Belarus in May.
“I would urge on one thing, as I did last night: we need to significantly reinforce ourselves, particularly in terms of cybersecurity,” Draghi added. “We all need to fortify ourselves, both nationally and locally, because the level of intervention, both with the spies we’ve seen recently and through web manipulation, has become very alarming.”
The Italian Parliament was contacted for comment by Washington Newsday, but no response was received in time for publishing.
As cyberthreats and attacks have become more prevalent, several other foreign leaders have called for stronger cybersecurity.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order in May to improve the situation. This is a condensed version of the information.