How can we guarantee the protection of the digital identity and personal data as part of an increasingly multi-channel model?
The opportunities for economic development associated with the internet also bring new security challenges. The digital opening to international markets makes IT systems more vulnerable to attacks by criminals, hackers or terrorists seeking to disrupt them to illicitly obtain personal or business information.
Developing new capabilities and instruments to improve Italy’s cybersecurity is a national challenge of paramount importance for the sake and security of individuals, companies, and the civil service.
Several countries are implementing national strategic plans that bring together the public and the private sector, as well as the research community, to bolster the defences of the “highly sensitive” infrastructure of governmental organisations, companies and individuals against cyber attacks. The global IT security market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9% from today to 2019 2.
24.2% of Italians say they lost time and/or data because of computer viruses
5.9% of Italians report privacy breaches
54.3% of Italians say they did not conduct any activity online due to security concerns, specifically:
31.5% did not disclose personal information on social networks or professional platforms;
19.2% did not connect to the internet through a wireless connection anywhere but home
25.1% did not download software, music, videos, games, or other files, nor bought or ordered goods
23.8% did not conduct any banking transactions or manage their bank account online
In recent years, the risk landscape has changed as computer criminals have considerably stepped up their efforts not only in terms of quantity, but also quality.
What can we do? In Italy, only 42.9% of companies connected to the internet have formal ICT security procedures in place. However, Italy ranks fourth in Europe on this measure, beating the European average by nearly 11 percentage points (32% 4).
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The growing use of the internet, especially among the young, implies a greater exposure to risks such as “cyberbullying”, i.e. bullying that takes place online.
In Italy, the attention to this problem has grown considerably. The Ministry of Education, University and Research has disseminated among all Italian schools the new “Guidelines on anti-bullying and cyberbullying”, and said that in 2015-2016 it will continue acting as coordinator of Italy’s Safer Internet Centre (SIC), which consists of a National Consortium.
Even the Italian National Police combats cyberbullying with public awareness campaigns and projects to help promote online best practices.
A short and intense project conducted between October and November 2015 featuring ten Web Stars as ambassadors for the 10 rules for responsible internet use by children, which were developed together with the Italian National Police.
Each Web Star interpreted one rule by posting an image on his or her social channel, inviting viewers to share it. The website dedicated to the initiative includes also a section for scientific discussion: ten real-life cases, each referring to one of the rules, commented by the experts of the Italian Postal and Communication Police Service and Milan’s Minotauro Institute.
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