9th Cyber Warfare National Conference

From Passive Defense to Active Response

Effectiveness and legitimacy of the active response to the cyber threat

12th December 2018

Centro Congressi Palazzo Stelline


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Despite the steady improvement of the defensive techniques, with even more sofisticated identification and response solutions to the cyber attack, the impression that the cyber-attacker is always a step forward still remains. Therefore it might be obviuos to wonder whether the old adage “the best defense is a good offense” is applicable also to cyber security, and possibly, by wich overtones and in what solutions. Topics such as preemptive attacks, hacking-back, concerning the military and companies field, will be discuss, analyzing the different pros and cons, the legal and ethical restrictions, as well as the necessary sinergies for the effective protection of the Country System.

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Eng. Paolo Lezzi (Executive Vice President EUCACS, CEO InTheCyber)

Scientific director:

Prof. Umberto Gori (Emeritus Università di Firenze,
CSSII President & ISPRI Director )

Scientific counsellors:

Prof. Eng. Michele Colajanni (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

Amm. Sq. Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte (Presidente del Gruppo di Lavoro Militare del Comitato Italiano Atlantico, già Rappresentante Militare d’Italia presso la NATO e la Commissione Europea)

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On. Ing. Angelo Tofalo (Secretary of State for Defence with cyber responsibility)

General B.A. Francesco Vestito (Commander of CIOC – Inter-force Command for Cyber Operations)

Dr. Matteo E. Bonfanti, Ph.D. (Senior Researcher, ETH Center for Security Studies, Zurich)

Prof. Mario Caligiuri (Università della Calabria)

Avv. Stefano Mele (Responsible of the Department “Diritto delle Tecnologie, Privacy, Cybersecurity e Intelligence”, Carnelutti Studio Legale Associate)

Dr. Marco Donfrancesco (Head of Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities, Leonardo SpA)

Gen. C.C. (ret) Guido Monno, Ph.D.

Dott. Lino Buono (Head of R&D InTheCyber Group)

Dr. Eng. Alessandro Trivilini, Ph.D. (Head of the forensic computer laboratory SUPSI)

Dr. Annamaria Di Ruscio (CEO NetConsulting Cube)

Paolo Bufarini (RSD Southern Europe, ORACLE + Dyn)

Dr. Matt Torrisi (Senior Systems Engineer, ORACLE + Dyn)

Prof. Paola Giannetakis (Link Campus University, Roma)

Dr. Giangiuseppe Pili, Ph.D. (Dublin City University)  

Dr. Eng. Marco Bozzetti (AIPSI President, CEO Malabo Srl)

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This year’s event, promoted by the European Center for Advanced Cyber Security (EUCACS), the Center for Strategic, International and Entrepreneurial Studies (CSSII) of the University of Florence, by the Institute for Forecasting Studies and International Research (ISPRI) and by the Center for Defense and Security Studies (CESTUDIS), is conceived in collaboration with InTheCyber – international leader in auditing & consulting in the Information Defense field. 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 Defence, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Administration and Innovation, State Police.