PEOPLE | May 8, 2019

Cybersecurity and data management: interview with Roberto Mignemi

The CEO of Cybertech explains the central position of data protection in IT security management

“In security management the key is data. We must always think, in fact, that the biggest risk factor for a company, regardless of its size, is how data is handled”.

Roberto Mignemi, CEO of Cybertech, a company specializing in cybersecurity which recently became a part of the Engineering Group, during his lengthy experience in computer security became convinced that it is necessary to get this message across, together with the need to approach the security problem in a comprehensive way and with a medium-long term strategy.

“We cannot think of safeguarding a company or a public administration – continues Mignemi – by addressing the problems when they occur, that is, by talking about the cyber world when these have already caused damage. With Cybertech, which has been operating in this sector for 12 years and in 21 countries around the world, we have a holistic approach to IT security, which leads us to help our customers to protect their information assets throughout the IT stack, with the goal of achieving an adaptive and contextualized security position, ready to face the changing and increasingly sophisticated threats that the worlds of cloud, mobile and social computing pose to infrastructures, data and applications”.

Security seen as something which embraces, envelops the whole company and which enables business, therefore. “If companies approach the subject strategically – Mignemi continues – security can be thought of as an enabling factor, in particular with the introduction of digital means. The most important thing that companies can do is to analyze their own situation and identify the weaknesses, which need not necessarily be resolved immediately, but must in any case be known”.

What is the situation of Italian companies and PAs?

“If we talk about cybersecurity, I must say that in my experience I have not found situations abroad that are much better than those of Italian companies. It can be said, in relation to the awareness of the need to invest in security, that the situation is patchy, with small and medium-sized enterprises and PAs struggling to find useful resources to keep systems up to date and therefore to ensure the safety of their infrastructures and, hence, of the data. However, I believe that economic availability is not the only limit. There is in fact a cultural problem, where companies are often fearful of adopting technologies which could somehow help them, such as the cloud. In order to transform from a digital standpoint, companies must be prepared and willing to do so, culturally ready to change.

If we talk about industry, it must be said that until recently there was no habit of worrying about this subject since there were few connected objects. Today, with the diffusion of IoT, the need to think about protecting one’s infrastructure is key and increasingly felt”.

What are the technologies that will contribute significantly to the cyber industry?

“Certainly Artificial Intelligence, thanks to which we can protect ourselves by foreseeing the attack before this occurs. Many are now talking about Blockchain, often mistakenly associating it with security. Blockchain brings with it a great idea, that of information which is disseminated and shared by many, something which makes life particularly complicated for anyone wishing to tamper with it. This does not mean that it will solve all the world’s problems, including those concerning security. Included in an overall strategy, Blockchain will in any case help make the difference”.

A possible future scenario for using cybersecurity?

“Let’s think about how fake news can pollute information and shift public opinion with specific goals, related to economic or power issues. Cybersecurity has an important role in this area as well: that of helping to understand the origin of a datum in order that companies may verify the truthfulness of a piece of information. Clearly this is not the main aspect a company will need to be interested in, but this will certainly become a part of an overall strategy and is already a part of it”.