CYBERSECURITY: INFOSTAR (IT) ‘IS ONE OF OUR GOALS’. ROUND TABLE WITH SIAGRI

Cybersecurity, between technology and ongoing training of people in the company to avoid fatal errors on computer systems; Cloud as a secure solution for the management and storage of their data; efficient and effective services, because companies have no other concern but to focus on their core business. And then a now incontrovertible assumption: the pandemic, if there was any need, has made clear the inescapability of digitization. Better if it is carried out with the support of subjects that have a history in the area, are permanently present and, by constantly innovating, have proven to be credible and reliable.

These were the central themes developed during the meeting between entrepreneurs that was attended by Roberto Siagri, Cristian Feregotto and Luca Noacco, partners and administrators of Infostar, based in Tarcento (Ud), which since 1999 has specialized in the supply and integration of IT solutions for the benefit of businesses.

And it was this mission, the advantage for businesses, that drove the discussion on the digital future. “Cybersecurity is a fundamental issue for every company, whether large or small,” Siagri stressed, “and it’s certainly not worth saying, ‘It doesn’t happen to me or no one comes in here’. It is necessary to be fully aware that those who do not protect their connection system are like turning on a beacon in the Net. It is easy to deduce that – continued Siagri – it becomes an excellent target for ill-intentioned people. Who usually make themselves noticed when they have already done a lot of damage, for example extracting already everything they were interested in. Only then, it happens more and more often, they block everything asking maybe the ransom and sealing an already very important damage”.

Technological systems, however, are not enough on their own to guarantee security. “In most cases, it is human error or superficiality that opens the door to hackers,” Siagri continued. “It follows that a widespread culture of consistently safe behavior in the company is essential.

In order to build effective responses for corporate security, it is necessary to have an overall view of the problem, from the analysis of the state of the art, to the application of technology and training, to the periodic control of the system. An approach that, if it guarantees the user company to have a single interlocutor specialized on several fronts, allows the proposing company to grow in a systemic way, at the service of the territory. This is exactly the path Infostar is pursuing, highlighted Feregotto and Noacco, whose plans for 2021 include, among other things, the acquisition of new figures to continue to expand the know-how to be made available to the productive fabric of Friuli Venezia Giulia. This is in addition to the many services designed to ensure, for example, business continuity – such as Argo supervisor and Assistant service – or those developed in the pandemic period to train technicians and end users, thanks to the Level UP academy, with respect to innovative platforms and software solutions to support remote work.

Infostar’s growth is based on competences: “Enterprises have an increasing need for digitalization and, usually – considered Siagri, looking at his entrepreneurial life – we turn to the subjects that have been able to conquer and preserve our trust. Yes, trust is undoubtedly an added value”.

With an eye on “the future and the unprecedented, Infostar remains open to sifting and developing ideas and collaborations that can give a competitive advantage to the companies of Friuli Venezia Giulia,” – concluded Feregotto and Noacco.

Technological systems, however, are not enough on their own to guarantee security. “In most cases, it is human error or superficiality that opens the door to hackers,” continued Siagri, “It follows that a widespread culture of consistently safe behavior in the company is essential.

In order to build effective responses for corporate security, it is necessary to have an overall view of the problem, from the analysis of the state of the art, to the application of technology and training, to the periodic control of the system. An approach that, if it guarantees the user company to have a single interlocutor specialized on several fronts, allows the proposing company to grow in a systemic way, at the service of the territory. This is exactly the path Infostar is pursuing, highlighted Feregotto and Noacco, whose plans for 2021 include, among other things, the acquisition of new figures to continue to expand the know-how to be made available to the productive fabric of Friuli Venezia Giulia. This is in addition to the many services designed to ensure, for example, business continuity – such as Argo supervisor and Assistant service – or those developed in the pandemic period to train technicians and end users, thanks to the Level UP academy, with the aim of improving the quality of the service.

Grappa IG, supply chain project in FVG. TOSOLINI BRAND

Grappa, the Friulian IG grappa, the European brand that defines, designates, presents and labels certain “spirit” drinks, which thanks to a project between seven winemakers from the Karst region and the Camel distillery, leader of the project, which includes the historic distillation brand Bepi Tosolini, is now also a little bit Giulian. Certainly it is even more so than Friuli Venezia Giulia. “A supply chain project started by the tenacious winegrowers of the Carso – illustrated Lisa Tosolini marketing director of the distillery of the same name – which we joined with pleasure because it gave us the opportunity to enhance the product and to be able to include the wording “grappa friulana” on the label”. A perfect meiosis between vintners and producer, all from the territory. “Two distant realities, Friuli and Venezia Giulia, with its Karst – explained Tosolini – that even if morphologically they may appear distant, have found a meeting point in a product part of the regional tradition. It’s a case of saying that “union is strength”. We have, in a certain way – Lisa Tosolini goes on (in the pic, by Anna Airone) – created a sort of bridge that has allowed us to arrive together at the goal that has led to the valorization of autochthonous vines and to the birth of the Friulian Grappa supply chain that is part of our history and our traditions”.
We are talking about a supply chain project, precisely the one related to Grappa Friulana IG, created to improve the production techniques of agricultural products, aimed at reducing the environmental impact during production and processing, with the aim of obtaining high quality products, handcrafted, with zero environmental impact, and 100 percent made in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Among the participants of this project, besides Bepi Tosolini, there are the karst viticulturists, Kante, Skerk, Zidarich, Parovel, Lupinc, Milic and Skerlj, famous names of karstic enology thanks to some autochthonous vines they turned into stars of quality enology, such as Vitovska. Winemakers who, after the vinification process – this is the fundamental step – according to the project, give 80% of the pomace to the leader of the project which takes care of the distillation process as well as the sale of the finished product.
A grappa produced, therefore, with regional pomace, in particular from Karst, to underline the regional nature of the product.
Among the objectives of the project there are the increase of the competitiveness of the aggregated companies on regional, national and international markets, the improvement of viticultural techniques, sustainable viticultural cultivation techniques, the study, development and implementation of innovative solutions related to the production of wine products and related processed products and common projects and investments related to the environmental improvement of production processes and the quality of wine productions and related processed products.
“The project – as informed by Claudio Cescutti, consultant and coordinator of the project – started in 2018 and will end in October this year, was born thanks to the synergy between the winemakers of the Karst and the distillery Bepi Tosolini.
With a supply chain call on PSR-FVG, 9 subjects were financed, namely the 7 winemakers, Camel and the KRAS-CARSO-CAMEL network, which is the owner of the promo-marketing project. As of today, all the agricultural projects and the distillery project have been closed, while the network’s project for promo-marketing remains open. The total cost of the project is 2 million 568 thousand euros against funding of 1 million 330 thousand”.