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Record investments in cybersecurity in Italy

Surge in IT security investments in response to advanced digital threats

In Italy, spending on cybersecurity is growing, but we are still last in the G7. We need more training on AI and security. Criminals use AI for attacks, but companies are starting to adopt it to defend themselves.

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In the current year, the Italian cybersecurity sector marks unprecedented growth, with spending reaching a figure never reached before: 2.15 billion euros, marking an increase of 16% compared to the previous year. Despite this increase, Italy still ranks last in the G7 when examining the relationship between spending in the cybersecurity market and Gross Domestic Product.

Awareness and training: key points for cybersecurity

At the conference "Beyond Cybersecurity: between human intelligence and artificial factor", Gabriele Faggioli, scientific director of the Cybersecurity & Data Protection Observatory of the Polytechnic of Milan, underlined the need for a balanced investment in human and technological resources. It is crucial not only to embrace the potential of Artificial Intelligence in cybersecurity, but also to invest in the training and awareness of industry professionals.

Artificial intelligence at the service of cybercrime

The use of Artificial Intelligence by cyber criminal networks is becoming increasingly sophisticated: the recognized potential ranges from the improvement of social engineering campaigns, to the effective identification of new vulnerabilities, up to the production of deepfake content. These practices are aimed above all at disinformation and constitute a growing challenge for the integrity of the corporate and social information fabric.

AI in corporate defense: an open chapter

Although 56% of large companies have begun implementing Artificial Intelligence into their cybersecurity systems, only 22% are using it extensively. These tools are primarily aimed at the detection of anomalies (73%), the preventive identification of zero-day threats and vulnerabilities (70%) and the analysis of correlations between events for prevention strategies (70%). This embryonic phase in the adoption of AI represents a field still open to significant future developments in countering cyber threats.

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