Published on April 23, 2024, 1:54 am

Generative AI, or Artificial Intelligence that generates content, has been revolutionizing various industries. The growing concern around cybersecurity among Chief Information Officers (CIOs) is a clear reflection of the escalating cyber threats worldwide. In 2023 alone, there were 2,779 significant incidents globally, marking a 12% increase from the previous year, with 310 of these occurring in Italy. These numbers underscore the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures.

The introduction of the EU’s NIS2 (“Network and Information System Security”) Directive further underscores the importance of upholding high cybersecurity standards across the European Union. This directive replaces the previous NIS regulations and aims to enhance cybersecurity measures within businesses. Compliance deadlines are set for October 17, 2024, urging companies to ensure their systems meet the required standards.

Fabrizio Alampi, Country Information Officer at Colisée Italia, emphasizes that cybersecurity is non-negotiable as they fall under essential services. Adhering to NIS2 guidelines demands proactive adjustment and readiness. Similarly, Edoardo Esposito, CIO of inewa | Member of Elevion Group, stresses ongoing efforts to assess system resilience and ensure full compliance by June.

The NIS2 directive broadens its scope by including additional sectors and entities under its security management requirements. Emphasis is placed on governance, risk management, and supply chain control to fortify cybersecurity defenses. Companies must evaluate internal procedures focusing on data security, adherence to minimum security standards, monitoring activities, incident response procedures.

With cyber threats evolving daily across all sectors, heightened vigilance is crucial. Luciano Ragazzi from EAV – Ente Autonomo Volturno highlights strategic investments in IT infrastructure encompassing Security Operations Centers (SOCs) and disaster recovery sites for safeguarding critical operations.

A unified approach to system processes lays the foundation for enhanced cybersecurity measures within organizations. Ensuring data security alongside operational continuity remains pivotal across industries like healthcare and energy production where digitalization efforts are underway.

Employee training plays a vital role in bolstering cybersecurity awareness within organizations. The human element is often considered a weak link; thus fostering a culture of cyber resilience through regular awareness programs becomes imperative.

Collaboration with reliable suppliers for immediate crisis response adds another layer of defense against potential cyber threats. Additionally, ongoing investment in robust IT infrastructure capable of supporting secure OT-IT connectivity remains a strategic priority for many companies.

In conclusion,

Cybersecurity is now more than ever a top priority for organizations globally as they navigate the complex landscape of evolving digital threats. It requires proactive measures such as stringent compliance protocols, resilient IT infrastructure investments; continuous employee training drives; collaboration with trusted suppliers; and diligent monitoring practices to mitigate risks effectively.A proactive approach towards addressing cybersecurity concerns not only safeguards sensitive data but also fortifies business operations against potential disruptions ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience in an increasingly digital world.

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