For two years, cyberattacks in the world "have been more and more numerous, sophisticated and with a growing impact", assured Tuesday Alessandro Profumo, boss of the Italian aeronautics and defense giant Leonardo.

“Collateral damage from the Covid-19 epidemic and the acceleration of digitization that it has brought about”, they cost in 2021 6,000 billion dollars, or 5,700 billion euros, he continued. at the opening of the Rome Cybertech Europe 2022 congress.

Cybersecurity has become a key issue for the European Commission and for EU Member States in order to guarantee their "digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy", he added, while "a fifth of these attacks aimed at Europe".

An inefficient European system lacking experts

But the need for specialists in this field is very great and "55% of European companies are struggling to hire while there is a shortage of at least 200,000 experts", he assured.

The sector lacks expertise, but also coordination, according to officials.

"Our incident notification system (IT, editor's note) does not work" because it is "too heavy, too bureaucratic", declared Juhan Lepassaar, executive director of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, two weeks ago. (Enisa), quoted by Euractiv, an information site devoted to European affairs.

Cyberattacks exacerbated by the war in Ukraine

Cybersecurity issues have also been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

“We have noted increased pressure” since the start of the war, said Alessandro Profumo, whose group has a specialized branch devoted to cybersecurity, in April.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said last month that the war in Ukraine had “raised serious concerns for IT operations”.

“Attacks (computers, editor's note) could target systemically important financial institutions.

If successful, these attacks could lead to a loss of confidence in the broader financial system, with a potentially negative impact on global financial stability.


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