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Roberto Baldoni served as the first Director General of the National Cybersecurity Agency of Italy (ACN), established under Decree Law 82/2021, from 2021 to 2023. Appointed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi, he was instrumental in the legal, operational, and logistical establishment of the Agency and recruited its initial core team of 170 highly qualified employees (+60 ended successfully rigorous hiring phase). All this in a few weeks during a very complex geopolitical time. Prior to this, appointed by Prime Minister Gentiloni, he held the position of Deputy Director General at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy from December 2017 to August 2021. During his term he conceived and led the working group drafting the National Security Perimeter law for Cyber (DL105/2019) and led its  development till March 2023, he headed the activities that brought to the National Cybersecurity Strategy (aligned with the Next Generation EU program) signed by the Prime Minister in May 2022 and the  ones that brought to of the new National Cybersecurity Architecture and to the creation of the ACN (DL82/2021).  With Minister Vittorio Colao developed the National Cloud Strategy in 2021. Here for more details on his career after 2017.

Prior to his significant contributions in public service, Roberto Baldoni was a full professor of computer science at Sapienza University of Rome, a position he held from 2002 until December 2021, taking a leave from December 2017. His research has profoundly influenced fields such as distributed, pervasive, and peer-to-peer computing, middleware platforms, and information systems infrastructure, with a special focus on dependability and security. A selection of his publications is available on DBLP, and Scholar Google.  

Roberto's leadership extends beyond academia as he has spearheaded many international research and innovation projects as a principal investigator. He is the founding Director of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory of CINI and the Sapienza Research Center of Cyber Intelligence and Information Security. Alongside his scientific and managerial prowess, Roberto is also an active voice in technology governance and the geopolitics of technology, contributing editorials and articles regularly. For a curated list of his writings, click here.

Roberto Baldoni has been associated Researcher at Cornell University (US) and INRIA (France) as well as visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland), University of Rennes (France) and University of Southampton (U.K.).  Currently he is Central Director@ACN,  Department co-Chair @IEEE Security&Privacy magazine and honorary professor @Sapienza University of Rome.