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Italy Sets Up Cybersecurity Agency After Russia Warnings


Italy has created a national cybersecurity agency following warnings by Prime Minister Mario Draghi that Europe needed to protect itself from Russian "interference."

The new agency was approved in a cabinet meeting late on Thursday.

It will need to "protect national interests and the resilience of services and essential functions of the State from cyber threats," the government said in a statement.

Speaking in Brussels on May 25, following a European Union summit, Draghi said urgent action was needed against digital threats.

"We need to strengthen ourselves, we need to strengthen ourselves a lot, especially in terms of cybersecurity, all of us, at national level and at EU level... because the level of [Russian] interference both with spies and with manipulation of the web has become truly alarming," he said.

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