Italy to create national agency to fight cyber attacks

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Italy is set to create a national agency that is responsible for fighting cyber attacks, a draft decree demonstrated as it pushes ahead with plans to build a unified cloud infrastructure to increase security for public administration data storage.

Italy is among numerous European nations seeking to counter cyber risks, seen in an increasingly networked world as a threat to their security and competitiveness.

The decree, seen by Reuters, divides many aspects of digital security which are currently dispersed among several ministers and state bodies under the prime minister's authority.

The general director and his deputy will be appointed for four years according to the draft. Their mandate can be renewed once again.

The agency consists of six departments and will initially be staffed with 300 people, to reach about 800 in 2027.

Italy's cabinet is expected to approve the decree this week, according to a political source.

The revised 2,500 page Recovery Plan reported to the European Commission in April envisaged new cloud technology for the public administration to increase security.

The plan, which lays out investors to be funded by Brussels, put for the project around 900 million euros that minister Vittorio Colao said last month that there will be overseas tech companies.

U.S. companies Google, Microsoft and Amazon dominate the data storage industry, fuelling concerns in Europe over the potential of U.S. surveillance in the wake of the adoption of the U.S. surveillance. CLOUD Act of 2018 (J).

The government aims to promote the new cloud infrastructure through a public-private partnership, which is to be implemented by a European tender, said Italy's Recovery Plan.

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