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Cybersecurity in Italy - Statistics & Facts

Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and data from cyber threats. As the world becomes ever more digitalized, the chance that an individual's or organization’s data and cyber properties become compromised by malicious actors has also increased. Italy is no exception to this: the number of cyberattacks has rapidly increased in the past four years, targeting several sectors, from governmental to ICT (information communication technology) sectors.

Types of cyberattacks

A cyberattack is an action designed to target a computer system to change, destroy, or steal data, as well as exploit or harm a network. Nowadays, there are several types of cyberattacks, of which malware and ransomware attacks are just a few examples. Other forms of cyber exploitation include distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS), phishing, unauthorized uses of ICT systems, and illegitimate access to domain name system (DNS) and other infrastructure networks.

Cybersecurity market

To counter cyberattacks and protect their digital properties and data, individuals and companies make use of IT security solutions which help to secure information from unauthorized access. The cybersecurity market in Italy has seen sustained growth over the last few years, reaching a size of over 1.55 billion euros in 2021. The largest segment of the market  is network and wireless security which holds almost one-third of the total revenue share.

Cybersecurity solutions

Some of the widely used cybersecurity solutions in Italy include security information and event management, identity and access management (IAM), vulnerability management, and risk and compliance management. Cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning technologies are also used in IT security systems for detecting anomalies and identifying new threats.

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