Many of the services we take for granted today, such as energy supplies, could become the target of cyber-criminals, even if they operate from the other side of the world. Digitalisation has made networks much more vulnerable to this type of attack, and so Leonardo is working to constantly improve the defence of critical infrastructure
The dark side of digitalisation: vulnerability
Today’s world is increasingly digitalised, with computer systems controlling not only digital networks, but more conventional ones too, such as energy generation and distribution systems and the centres connecting our road, rail, airport and telecommunications networks. This infrastructure is increasingly being targeted by hacker attacks undertaken by individuals or organisations, whether state or non-state.
This is a challenge facing the whole world, including Italy, a country with a complicated, diverse energy industry incorporating numerous plants that were built a long time ago and have been updated over the years, combining new generation systems and infrastructure with other technology dating back to a time when people were less aware of the risk of cyber-attack.
Hackers often aim to extort sums of money from their targets but could also be motivated by the goal of destabilising a country’s defences. Many of the conflicts of the future will be fought digitally. This is why cyber security is an essential theme on the agendas of nations, businesses and individual citizens. Cyber security technologies, integrated with physical protection, are essential to protect sensitive data, critical infrastructure and industry.