VI Cyber Warfare Conference

Cyber Maneuvers and their Impact

Now in its sixth edition, the National Conference on Cyber Warfare was divided into two different editions: the one in Milan, held on June 3, 2015, with “Black and White Cyber Maneuvers Expo” as its central theme, and the one in Rome, on Oct. 14, 2015, dedicated to Cyber Maneuvers and their impact on National Security.

Today, tactics for defending and attacking in the field of cybersecurity are evolving so rapidly that experts in the field must constantly adapt their strategies to deal with future threats, even those yet unknown. These threats come in various forms, mixing physical, logical and human aspects. They range from simple malicious code and website vandalism to large-scale attacks, data theft, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, corporate espionage, or infrastructure attacks.

The business and economic environment is closely linked to the cyber environment and its ability to defend itself. Although millions have been invested in cybersecurity, the three aspects (logical, physical and human) remain constantly under attack.

Cyber maneuvers include all practices, both offensive and defensive, related to cybersecurity systems, cyber defense and intelligence tools, as well as intrusive attacks of various types (logical, physical, man-made) and malware. The term “maneuver” means the set of tactics aimed at improving, maintaining, or at least not worsening one’s position in a competitive environment. In military contexts, the term “maneuver warfare” is used to describe offensive tactics designed to overwhelm the opponent by limiting his or her decision-making capabilities through surprising and disruptive actions.

The CWC has always been known for its high degree of professionalism, often addressing innovative topics and maintaining a high level of independence. Promoters are mainly nonprofit organizations and university research centers, which also engage in free production and distribution of the proceedings of their activities to participants.

This year’s event was sponsored by the Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies (CSSII) at the University of Florence, the Institute for Forecasting Studies and International Research (ISPRI) and the Center for Defense and Security Studies (CESTUDIS), and designed in agreement with InTheCyber 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.