The Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS)

About the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies

The Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS) is part of the CSSII and the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Florence.

CCSIRS was established in 2015 with the aim of enhancing the current understanding of cyberspace, and in particular to analyze the influence and impact this domain has on the Italian national security and global international system. Among key Center’s objectives is the development and promotion of a global culture of cyber security, including the facilitation of private-public partnerships. The Center deploys a multidisciplinary approach, merging the traditional political, strategic and military studies with computer sciences. Bringing together recognized domestic and international experts from various fields and countries, the Center continues to forge international research and practice alliances to advance its objectives. With MA students, 13 faculty and associates involved in research and project activities, the Center covers the following topics:

  • Cyber Warfare,
  • Cyber Diplomacy,
  • Cyber Security,
  • Cyber Crime,
  • Cyber Law,
  • Cyber Intelligence,
  • Cyber Terrorism,
  • Digital Economy

Recent Activities

The Center is very active at international and national levels, including projects with public and private sectors, and International Organizations.

The Center operates nationally and internationally, with projects involving both public and private sectors, as well as International Organizations.

  • The Center is developing a new international project in cooperation with universities from the U.S., Canada, Russia and Israel on the classification and attribution of cyber-attacks to provide national and international policy stakeholders with a tool for timely decision-making.
  • Since 2016, the CCSIRS has been the lead implementer of the OSCE project on “Enhancing the implementation of OSCE CBMs to reduce the risk of conflict stemming from the use of ICTs”. The project analyzed challenges that the OSCE members face in implementing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in Cyberspace adopted in 2013 and developed an Action Plan to address these challenges through capacity-building and awareness raising at national levels.
  • The Center is part of the G7’s Ise-Shima Cyber Group. In April 2017, we took part in drafting of the Lucca Declaration on Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace. Currently, we continue a close collaboration with the Italian MFA on international cyber diplomacy.
  • In addition, the Center assists the national CERT with policy analysis and undertakes private, public and EU-sponsored research projects on its own or in cooperation with other Universities.
  • The Center produces a free, monthly Newsletter dedicated to global and national cybersecurity developments and offers daily brief press reviews through its social media channels.

Contact us:


Luigi Martino

Office +39 055 2759474

Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences

University of Florence

Via delle Pandette 21

50127 Florence (Italy)



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