, a leading company in digital trust and cybersecurity, and Leonardo announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on Industry 4.0 and data security projects for manufacturing systemsThe partnership between Leonardo and Tinexta aims to provide the market with effective and comprehensive responses to reduce the risk of cyber attacks in the context of the digital transformation of public and private organisations.

According to the latest report by the Italian Association for Information Security (CLUSIT – Associazione Italiana per la Sicurezza Informatica), in 2020 cyber attacks at a global level increased by 12 percent compared to the previous year. According to a report by Swascan (Tinexta Group), Italy ranks fifth – after the US, Canada, France and the UK – among countries with published figures with regard to the number of companies falling victim to Ransomware attacks.

The aim of the agreement between Leonardo and Tinexta is to protect the Italian manufacturing sector from cyber threats, and in particular the sectors which, according to the report by Yoroi (Tinexta Group), have proved most vulnerable to attacks in the last year: manufacturing companies, financial services companies, the textile and fashion sector and utilities. The agreement provides for the pooling of the Tinexta Cyber Business Unit’s solutions with the activities and expertise of Leonardo’s centre of excellence for cyber security and the Global Security Operation Centre in Chieti. 

Leonardo and Tinexta will integrate their respective vertical technology components in the areas of Internet of Things (IOT), Operational Technology (OT), Digital Trust, distributed digital identity based on BlockChain, Digital Onboarding and remote recognition, into complete solutions for the monitoring of critical national infrastructures. It will thus be possible to ensure the legal value of transactions in all processes involving the use of such technologies and entire processes may be enabled in a natively digital mode, guaranteed by InfoCert (Tinexta Group), a European Trust Service Provider. 

“Guaranteeing the cyber security of our companies means ensuring their business continuity, protecting them from the very high cost of cyber crime in economic and image terms, and being able to embrace, with confidence, the digital transformation trend that is, and increasingly will be, a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable growth,” said Tommaso Profeta, managing director of Leonardo’s Cyber Security Division. “The partnership with Tinexta and the synergy between our offerings dedicated to cyber security and digital trust allows us to further expand the range of solutions for digitisation and security, among the pillars of our Be Tomorrow – Leonardo 2030 strategic plan.”


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