Cyberspace is opening new avenues for serious crimes targeting organizational assets and public goods. The availability of exploitation kits and easy to access anonymous infrastructures make possible to perform illegal actions such as identity thefts and data breaches by a large number of Internet users. The variety of people and the multiplicity of goals behind computer crimes makes difficult to predict the emerging risks faced by organizations which struggle in defending themselves from both social and technical threats.

LUISS University and in particular the LUISS Business School is actively involved in this emerging area of research. Recently, for instance, a team of scholars led by Paolo Spagnoletti has conducted a study on identity thefts in TOR networks. Empirical data have been collected by accessing relevant marketplaces with software agents, in order to analyse how offers and suppliers are distributed within and across anonymous marketplaces. The results of this study will shed light on the dynamics of illegal activities in the dark web and hence on the changes in risk profiles of new product and services such as SPID. According with the principal investigator, “the research will have both theoretical and practical implications. From a theoretical point of view it will offer insights on market dynamics of online platforms under new conditions. As practical implications it will have a potential impact on the policies for developing digital infrastructures at national level”.

The first EMIT speech of 2017 has given the opportunity to discuss these issues with guest speakers from the ICANN and the FBI. The VP Security and ICT Coordination at ICANN, Dave Piscitello has stressed the need of new approaches to digital product development and infrastructure governance in order to avoid that the history of internet threats will repeat with more dramatic consequences. The Special Agent Roderick F. Coffin from the Cyber Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has shared with the audience nuances on computer crime investigations in which he has been directly involved and has presented an updated overview of cyber-attacks.

The event has been attended by members of the EMIT community including lecturers, current participants, alumni and representatives of partner associations such as the Rome chapter of ISACA Roma EMIT that has supported the organization. The Executive Programme in Management and Governance of IT of LUISS Business School targets professionals who wants to develop strong education in IT governance processes and practices. The programme has been established in 2010 in partnership with HSPI and the VII edition of the programme will start in March 2017.