Telecom Italia Unveils New Microchip To Boost Cybersecurity

Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska Senior Editor
Penka Hristovska Penka Hristovska Senior Editor

Telecom Italia has introduced a new microchip aimed at enhancing cybersecurity across various sectors, including defense systems, cloud infrastructure, and mobile technology.

The chip was developed in-house by Telsy, which is a Telecom Italia’s subsidiary that offers encrypted communications technology and develops cybersecurity services. Its production involved a  European supply chain.

The microchip, which provides fully encrypted communications, “represents a new tool for strengthening technological autonomy and sovereignty within the framework of national and European cybersecurity strategies,” Telecom Italia said in a statement.

The new technology was announced during an event in Rome, which saw the presence of TIM’s CEO Pietro Labriola and Italy’s Industry Minister Adolfo Urso.

“We are here today to demonstrate how important it is today to work together on the country’s strategic assets and the industrial vitality of Telecom Italia and symbolize the technological sovereignty that we want to pursue to protect ourselves from risks and to combat cybercrime,” said Urso.

Additionally, the chip is designed to protect vital infrastructure such as power grids, water systems, railways, and dams against cyber threats.

The chip is to protect “the whole production cycle by integrating a sophisticated encryption system with the most advanced cybersecurity functions, guaranteeing the security of machine-to-machine dialogue” and “marks an important step in the international promotion of the made-in-Italy brand in the strategic industry of semiconductors”.

This microchip comes as European Union countries and EU legislators last month agreed on new regulations to safeguard internet-connected devices like laptops, mobile apps, and smart home gadgets from increasing cyber threats and ransomware incidents. The European Commission had said the cybersecurity rules could potentially save as much as $316 billion for companies.

“Connected devices need a basic level of cybersecurity when sold in the EU, ensuring that businesses and consumers are properly protected against cyber threats,” said Jose Luis Escriva, Spanish minister of digital transformation.

About the Author
Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska
Senior Editor

About the Author

Penka Hristovska is an editor at SafetyDetectives. She was an editor at several review sites that covered all things technology — including VPNs and password managers — and had previously written on various topics, from online security and gaming to computer hardware. She’s highly interested in the latest developments in the cybersecurity space and enjoys learning about new trends in the tech sector. When she’s not in “research mode,” she’s probably re-watching Lord of The Rings or playing DOTA 2 with her friends.