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Ambizione Italia for Cybersecurity: Hacker vs. Hacker

On January 25, the Council of Ministers approved a bill addressing measures concerning computer crimes and the strengthening of national cybersecurity, calling for greater penalties, the expansion of the boundaries of specific intent, the inclusion of aggravating circumstances and/or the prohibition of mitigating factors for crimes committed through the use of IT equipment and aimed at producing undue advantages for those committing them to the detriment of others, or to illegally access computer systems and/or to intercept/interrupt computer and telematic communications.

According to the Italian Association for IT Security, cybercrime operates like organized crime and the damage caused globally to companies and private individuals is equivalent to 4 times the Italian GDP. Meanwhile, four times more cyberattacks have occurred in Italy than in the rest of the world.

Adequate legislation is important, but simply increasing penalties is not sufficient to fight cyber criminals. We need more knowledge, more tools, and more training.

The students who are about to complete the course in Junior Ethical Hacking, which began last January as part of Programme Ambizione Italia for Cybersecurity promoted with Microsoft, have acquired a greater awareness of the current emergency scenarios and vulnerabilities of our security systems [see news: Is Hacking Only about Coding?]. The final Hacker vs. Hacker Challenge will take place next Thursday at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome.

The students' collaborative session will be proceeded by an in-depth round table. 



  • Andrea Rossi, CEO and Director General, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
  • Mirta Michilli, Director General, Fondazione Mondo Digitale


Address by Corrado Giustozzi, Professor of Cybersecurity, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, and Chief Strategist at Rexilience


Round table – Introduction and Moderation by Luca Faramondi, Coordinator Masters Programme in Cybersecurity Management, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome.

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Domitilla Benigni, CEO, Elettronica Spa, and President, Women4Cyber 
  • Mario Garofano, Chief Information Security Officer, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
  • Alessandro Massa, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Cyber and Security Solutions, Leonardo 
  • Patrizio Rinaldi, Head of Technical Sales - Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Microsoft
  • Anna Vaccarelli, Technical Director, CNR Institute for Informatics and Telematics, and Board Member, Women for Security


  • Marco Valerio Cervellini, Advisor, National Cybersecurity Agency
  • Roberto Setola, Rector’s Delegate for Research and Innovation in Cybersecurity, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome 


With Coaches Luca Faramondi and Simone Guarino, PhD Candidate in Cybersecurity, CoserityLab

17.30 | AWARDS

Presented by Roberto Setola and Alfonso Molina, Scientific Director, Fondazione Mondo Digitale

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