“We give a shield to the state and companies” – Corriere.it

In May, Russian hackers from the “Killnet Collective” threatened a large-scale cyber war on Italian sides. Cybersecurity is today an issue that needs to be addressed with the right tools. “In this Iron Curtain scenario, cybersecurity returns to be a topical issue – says Lorenzo Forina, CEO of Vodafone Business Italia, after a long career with leading roles in the direct competitor Tim -. We are, like all of us, witnessing a resurgence of cyber attacks, as if it were a weapon of war. For this reason, one of our strategic priorities is precisely to provide public administrations and companies with adequate awareness, structures and defenses.“. Vodafone is a European operator that can count on economies of scale and expertise and on a purchasing power that is difficult to copy. “It is a unique position – says Forina – that we want to make available to be an instrument in the service of the country. All our strategic priorities, from cyber security to healthcare, from services to citizens to the Internet of things, are moving in this direction.”

The three phases

To spread cyber security, Vodafone – a global company, a leader in Europe and Africa – has developed a center of excellence with more than a thousand experts in Europe (100 in Italy and the others in Spain, Germany and the UK), working as a unique group of specialists . “We deal with cyber security as Vodafone Business three basic phases: verifying people’s identity through multifactor authentication, creating awareness in the organization. And in the Security Operation Center, our experts work on customer companies’ IT systems, monitor their perimeter attacks and move the defense where necessary, ”says the manager.

The alliances

They take advantage of the European dimension partnerships such as the one between Vodafone Business and Accenture, to support public and private organizations in the digital transformation process. How? Provide consulting and managed services in the field of cybersecurity and digital; and the development, marketing and management of cybersecurity services to address the growing threats on the web. Among its customers, for example, Generali has taken on the project of creating a range of cyber insurance services to support both large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises in recognizing, responding and recovering threats quickly and efficiently. “We are also investing heavily in healthcare both at European level and in Italy, where we have already been awarded the Consip framework agreement on digital health -” says Forina. We are also the first results, according to the still preliminary ranking, out of two macro-regions in the recent provision of liaison services to regional health services ».

Investments

In short, Vodafone, together with Vodafone Business, wants to be an important piece of the country, also thanks to investments made over the years in Italy: over € 6.5 billion over the last seven years plus € 2.4 billion for 5G frequencies. The company offers mobile and fixed telecommunications services that support over 6 million customer companies worldwide, of which about 700 thousand in Italy. “We provide companies with all the solutions that lead them towards dematerialization – says Forina -: support for top-ups for electricity cars at European level, black boxes for means of transport, sensors of large industrial plants and much more ».

The intelligent machines

For example, Vodafone Business recently announced the new Digital Asset Broker platform. “We are involved in a collaboration with a number of companies to simplify the charging of electric cars throughout Europe and thus facilitate the green transition,” says Forina. And he cites the case of the industrial district with tiles in Emilia. «Intelligent machine tools move in space without cables thanks to our connectivity options – notes the manager -. Our IoT platform, Internet of Things, built in Europe, connects over 150 million devices, of which 11 million in Italy . It’s a platform that we’re developing from the Internet of Things to the Economy of Things “.

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