The benefits of digital innovation come not without risks such as the loss of control over citizens’ personal data, distortions of the democratic life of nations due to fake news and cyber-attacks that threaten critical infrastructures. The pandemic has rapidly advanced a pre-existing digital transformation process with large-scale experiments in remote work and education, while amplifying cyber risks.
The key to reducing risks is the co-development of digital technology and cyber security to foster collaboration between the various stakeholders through a combination of IT risk management techniques (in order to develop highly innovative security solutions that will mitigate vulnerabilities and reduce the risk of attacks) as well as trust management techniques (to improve the interaction between people and technology).
As part of the FBK mission, which aims to achieve results of scientific excellence and to produce an impact on society, the Center's mission is to make these techniques available to the largest number of organizations, including SMEs, which account for a substantial part of the EU economy but lack cybersecurity expertise. To this end, integrating automated cyber risk assessment support with trust management that will have the ability to produce operational suggestions to assist ICT solutions designers, developers and administrators in their daily activities is critical.