Italy sells cybersecurity to Malaysia but the videocall doesn't work

Italy sells cybersecurity to Malaysia but the videocall doesn't work

A bilateral from the Farnesina to propose itself as a partner in IT security jams due to technical problems with videoconferencing

The Farnesina, headquarters of the Foreign Ministry (photo by Silvia Loré / Pacific Press / Sipa USA) theme the diplomatic clash between Italy and Malaysia, which on the morning of April 12 were the protagonists of a bilateral panel on computer security, but rather some institutional embarrassment. Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maeci), the event was born with the aim of celebrating the synergy between the two countries in the field of technological innovation and data protection, a sector in which Italy is always more established internationally.

But something is wrong, as Wired learns. as in the best "early 2020", when users all over the country were scrambling to make virtual meetings and videocalls work, the event simply skipped, for at least half an hour, after tens of minutes of technical problems, microphones not working occasional incursions by the director who, with visible and noisy despair, tried to keep him standing, only to ask all the speakers to leave and re-enter the meeting.

Not a worthy showcase for Italy, which regained control of the scene only after 30 minutes of agony, during which international guests could not help but wait for someone to do something to bring the panel. These include Zarina Shukur, head of the computer science department at Kebangsaan University of Malaysia, and Rosedalina Ramlan, director of the Kuala Lumpur Development Investment Authority.

Born under the best auspices of international cooperation, the event celebrates the appointment of Italy as a development partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. An opportunity for the country to "establish even closer relations with all the countries of the region, promoting business opportunities", reads the Maeci website. The initiative, promoted with the collaboration of the Agency for the Abroad Promotion and Internationalization of Italian Companies (ICE), should consolidate the economic and commercial development of national companies on foreign markets.

The meeting was attended by some significant representatives of the sector on the Italian side, from Manlio Di Stefano, undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the last three governments at Movimento 5 Stelle, who did the honors, up to the director of the national cybersecurity laboratory, Paolo Prinetto. The desire of the meeting was to represent the best of digitization in Italy, promoting significant training activities such as and Olicyber, which guarantee hundreds of students every year to follow an advanced course of study in the field of information security.

One wonders if our Malaysian counterparts have had the opportunity to hear how much good our country is doing in the field of information security, where we clearly stand out more than in online conferences. Unmute Italy.

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