V Cyber Warfare Conference

Cyber weapons, national security and business defense

The fifth National Conference on Cyber Warfare was held with a new formula, in two editions: the first, “The Development of Cyber Weapons” (Rome, Oct. 11, 2014), dedicated to a strategic approach and the second, “The Use of Cyber Intelligence for Business Defense” (Milan, Oct. 13, 2014), dedicated to economic issues.

The increasing frequency of increasingly sophisticated and disruptive cyber attacks makes it a priority to introduce political-strategic, organizational, technological and cultural innovations so that policy and business decision makers are constantly updated and ready to interact, ensuring close collaboration between the civilian, military and academic worlds.

This year’s event, sponsored by the Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies (CSSII) of the University of Florence, from the Institute for Forecasting Studies and International Research (ISPRI) and by the Center for Defense and Security Studies (CESTUDIS), is designed in agreement with Maglan Group – an international leader in auditing & consulting in the field of Information Defense. Previous editions have received the Medal of the President of the Republic and the Patronages of the Senate of the Republic, Chamber of Deputies, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Administration and Innovation, and State Police.

The Cyber Warfare Conference (CWC), formerly known as the Information Warfare Conference (IWC), aims to increase awareness among Italian political and business decision-makers of the growing strategic relevance of cyber warfare for 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.

L‘event was conceived by the Interdepartmental Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies (CSSII) of the University of Florence, the Institute for Forecast Studies (ISPRI), the Center for Defense and Security Studies (CESTUDIS) and the Cyber Intelligence and Information Security (CIS) Research Center of “La Sapienza” in Rome, in agreement with Maglan Group – Information Defense and Technologies. The Conference was endorsed by the President of the Republic and his Medal of Representation and sponsored by the Senate of the Republic, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Economic Development.