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Rome, 13 December 2019 - State Police and Italgas today signed a cooperation agreement on the security of information systems and services of particular importance for the country. The agreement, signed by the Chief of Police - Director General of Public Security Franco Gabrielli and the CEO of Italgas, Paolo Gallo, falls within the scope of the directives issued by the Minister of the Interior to strengthen the prevention of cybercrime through the signing of agreements with operators providing essential services in strategic sectors of the country. The Postal and Communications Police is, in fact, daily committed to guaranteeing the integrity and functionality of the informatics network of the structures of strategic level for the Country through the National Anti-Crime Informatics Centre for the Protection of the Critical Infrastructures. Italgas is the main operator in Italy and the third in Europe in the gas distribution sector, operating in over 1,800 municipalities and managing a network that covers a total of over 71,000 kilometres serving 7.6 million users. IT and physical and digital infrastructure security is therefore central to the activities that Italgas carries out every day in the service of the country. Among the collaboration initiatives provided for by the agreement are the sharing and analysis of information useful for the prevention of possible attacks, the exchange of reports of incidents aimed at identifying possible threats to Italgas infrastructure, an adequate flow of communication aimed at dealing with possible crisis situations. The agreement represents a significant step in the collaboration between the State Police and Italgas, an important tool for the creation of an effective system to combat cybercrime, based on information sharing and operational cooperation. At the signing of the convention were also present for the Department of Public Security, the Central Director for the Traffic, Railway, Communications and Special Departments of the Armando Forgione State Police and the Director of the Postal and Communications Police Service Nunzia Ciardi.