Simona Autolitano
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Simona Autolitano

Doctoral student supervised by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer


Twitter: @simoautolitano


Simona Autolitano is a Policy Officer at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Prior to her job at the BSI she worked as Cybersecurity Strategist at Microsoft in Brussels, as well as at the European Commission (DG Home). She is a fellow at the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI) and part of the German Italian Young Leaders Dialogue, a joint initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Research interests

Cybersecurity | European Union | Digital Policy

Doctoral project

Simona Autolitano's dissertation investigates the evolution of public-private relations in cyberspace. In particular, her research focuses on the impact of digital sovereignty discourses on the European Union’s cybersecurity policy architecture.

Through the lenses of experimental governance, her research aims at unveiling, on the one hand, how the “sovereignty turn” in the European Union’s cybersecurity governance affects governance arrangements between public and private actors in practice, and, on the other hand, what the consequences are for foreign Big Tech.

Selected publications

  • “Europe's quest for digital sovereignty: Gaia X as a case study” (with Pawłowska, Agnieszka), IAI Working Paper (4/2021).
  • “A Europe Fit for the Digital Age: The Quest for Cybersecurity Unpacked”, IAI Working Paper (3/2020).
  • “Le nuove sfide della diplomazia nell’era della digitalizzazione: La “Direttiva NIS” come caso di studio”, in: Darnis, Jean-Pierre and Polito, Carolina, “La Geopolitica del Digitale”, Quaderno IAI (9/2019). 
  • “Cybersecurity: key regulatory aspects” in “Cybersecurity Call: Defining Threats, Applying Solutions” (with Marczuk, Piotr), Kosciuszko Institute (2/2019). 
  • Book Review “Cybersecurity in the European Union. Resilience and Adaptability in Governance Policy by George Christou”, The International Spectator – n. 1/2017 (3/2017).

Last updated: 14 December, 2022

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