IV Information Warfare Conference

The cyber protection of national infrastructure

Held in Rome on June 19, 2013, the Fourth Annual Conference on Cyber Warfare brought together authoritative representatives from all decision-making components of the Italian system (government, armed forces, intelligence services, police, business, finance, academia and scientific research) to explore issues such as the need for and the elaboration of a national strategy for the cyber protection of infrastructure, the vital heart of every Country System.

The gradual increase in the frequency of increasingly sophisticated and disruptive cyber attacks makes it a priority to introduce political-strategic, organizational, technological and cultural innovations that can ensure not only the security of critical national infrastructure, but also the protection of companies operating in sectors crucial to the development of the Italian economy.

This year’s event was sponsored by the Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies (CSSII) of the University of Florence, the Institute for Forecasting Studies and International Research (ISPRI) and the Cyber Intelligence and Information Security (CIS) Research Center of Sapienza University of Rome, and was designed in agreement with Maglan Group – an international leader in auditing & consulting in the field of Information Defense. The 2012 edition received the medal of the President of the Republic and the patronage of the Senate of the Republic, the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Economic Development.

The Cyber Warfare Conference (CWC), formerly the Information Warfare Conference (IWC), aims to raise awareness among Italian policy and business decision makers of the growing strategic relevance of cyber-warfare to national security. The gradual increase in the frequency of increasingly sophisticated and disruptive cyber attacks makes it a priority to introduce political-strategic, organizational, technological and cultural innovations that can ensure not only the security of critical national infrastructure, but also the protection of companies operating in sectors crucial to the development of the Italian economy.

The Conference was conceived by the Interdepartmental Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies of the University of Florence (CSSII), the Cyber Intelligence and Information Security (CIS) Research Center of “La Sapienza” in Rome and the Institute of Foresight Studies and International Research (ISPRI), in agreement with Maglan Europe, a leading international reality in ‘auditing and consulting for information defense in civil, military and governmental sectors.