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Internet, Mele: “malfunction indicates fragility but private clouds is the right choice”


Jun 8, 2021

A malfunction, the one that hit the American cloud service provider Fastly today, which makes us reflect on the fragility of the systems we rely on but which does not question the choice, even of governments, to assign these services to private companies. “There are more and more technological infrastructures that, when they have a problem, have an impact on aspects of our daily life that we take for granted”, explains to Adnkronos Stefano Mele, a lawyer specializing in technology law, privacy and cybersecurity at Studio Gianni & Origoni. Today’s one seems to have been a malfunction, but tomorrow there could be crashes “of an intentional nature, by a state or by one or more actors sponsored by a state”, adds Mele, hoping for “greater attention and serious reasoning. on vital Internet infrastructures and platforms, on their robustness and on what can happen when one of these ‘vital organs’ undergoes a complex, large-scale and high-profile attack, for example, by a state actor ” . (continued) Italy is working on this issue, also with the legislation on the National Cyber ​​Security Perimeter which includes over 100 strategic companies which are already required, by the end of this month, to implement the first required compliance. “The list of companies is classified, but I expect the large cloud service providers that support or provide essential services to be included or at least this is the wish.” National clouds also depend or will depend on private companies such as Fastly. The companies that offer cloud services, whether they are content or infrastructure, are all private. But this, continues Mele, “makes them more solid: they guarantee greater investments, attention and sensitivity on the subject of cyber security than the public”. “We are talking about large multinational companies that provide content (such as Google, Akamai or Microsoft) or the technological infrastructure on which the delivery of the main services around the world (Amazon Web Services) is based. If they go down, it goes down well part of the Internet or associated services. Most governments in democratic countries have abdicated the direct management of these services, and therefore their protection, in favor of these private infrastructures. Going back would be very complicated and, in my opinion , very counterproductive “. (continues) Italy is no exception. The national cloud should rely on private entities. Simplifying, it will be “national in the sense that the place where the information is stored is nationalized, where the servers are, but not the ownership of the technological infrastructures, of the platforms that deliver the contents and services of the networks and information systems, which in any case remain in private hands “.