Global Cybersecurity Index 2017: Italy at 31 ° place ... downhill?

(To Alessandro Rugolo)
02/01/19

Every year the International Telecommunication Union, a UN agency specialized in ICT, takes the trouble to measure the level of IT security in the member countries.
To measure the level of preparation of a country, various parameters, called pillars, are taken as reference. These are five: legal, technical, organizational, ability to create innovation and cooperation.
From these parameters we can deduce the global position of the country in the cyber industry: as an example in 2017 Italy appears to be in thirty-first place.

You can vote or not on the criteria used to build the ranking but things do not change that much. Italy is (to 2017) lacking in some key areas, particularly in the legal sector, training aspects, the lack of standards in a professional environment, lack of cyber metrics, lack of growth of the domestic industry and bi- and multilateral cooperation.

Now, while in some areas it is relatively easy to improve, any low ratings are nationally representative, I am referring to the lack of metrics, professional standards and the lack of growth of the industry domestic industry: all things that are subordinated to political understanding and to the assumption of responsibility on the part of the political world and of senior management.

As unfortunately said over and over again in certain sectors, it is necessary to invest in a controlled and coordinated manner by a central body that can only be the State.

It is necessary to invest in the personnel, to improve the general understanding of the sector by the decision makers and technicians by the operators.

It is necessary to invest in the national industry to guarantee a minimum of defense capacity of critical infrastructures.

It is necessary to invest to stimulate the attractiveness of new professions in young people.

Unfortunately, it seems that the state has little to say about it, perhaps distracted by other priorities ...

Hopefully, when someone wakes up, it's not too late.

We look forward to reading the ITU report of the 2018 to see if things have improved.

To learn more:
- https://www.itu.int/en/about/Pages/default.aspx
- https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-d/opb/str/D-STR-GCI.01-2017-R1-PDF-E.pdf