IX Cyber Warfare Conference

From passive defense to active response. Effectiveness and legitimacy of active response to cyber threat

Despite the constant improvement in defense techniques, with even more sophisticated cyber attack identification and response solutions, the impression still remains that the attacker is always one step ahead. It might therefore be obvious to ask whether the old adage “the best defense is a good offense” is also applicable to cyber security, and if so with what connotations and in what solutions. In this 9th edition, topics such as preventive attacks and hacking, concerning the military and corporate sectors, were addressed, analyzing the various pros and cons, legal and ethical constraints, and the synergies needed for effective protection of the Country System.

In the 2018 edition, for the first time it began to be seriously discussed at the institutional, military, and intelligence levels. It is hoped that with awareness, also made by regulations such as GDPR, which have also forced private companies to deal with cyber risk, it will lead to close public-private cooperation and the establishment of cyber security centers that can support companies and institutions, as close as possible to potential attacks. It should not be forgotten that if multiple attacks occur at the same time, it could be a case of a systemic attack on the country.

This year’s event was sponsored by the European Center for Advanced Information Security (EUCACS), 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 conceived in collaboration 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 the State Police.