Schiphol and Port of Rotterdam promote online resilience

Schiphol and Port of Rotterdam promote online resilience

The Netherlands’ two ‘mainports’, Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam, have launched websites designed to promote cyber resilience on 30 November 2016. The two initiatives, known as CYSSEC and FERM respectively, provide a platform for companies in the mainports for information and cooperation on cybersecurity, whether they are based on land, in the air or on the water. Given their vital role in Dutch society the mainports are receiving support from the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV).

The aim is to enhance everyone’s cyber resilience. The NCTV’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides expertise and advice, responds to threats and reinforces the Netherlands’ crisis management capability.

Many companies in the logistics chain share information or have fully automated information processes. A hack or breakdown of a company’s system could therefore have a major impact on another company’s ability to keep functioning. Figures from the recent ABN AMRO report ‘Cybersecurity for Logistics Service Providers’ underline the importance of better information provision and sharing, and collaboration on cybersecurity.


‘At Schiphol, security has top priority,’ says Wilma van Dijk, Director of Safety, Security & Environment at Schiphol Group. ‘This applies on the ground and in the air, and certainly on the information superhighway. When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s important to look at how we can join forces to keep our systems secure and reliable. Schiphol’s ambition to be the best digital airport is leading to great solutions that benefit our passengers, airlines and all other organisations at Schiphol every day. We are delighted that, with the support of the NCTV, Schiphol is sharing knowledge and resources with our 400 partners at the airport, so that we can all use IT and digital systems safely.’

FERM Rotterdam

‘In my role as Port Cyber Resilience Officer I’m keen to raise awareness of online security and cybersecurity among companies in the port of Rotterdam, and also to provide practical guidance,’ says René de Vries, State Harbour Master at the Port of Rotterdam. ‘Some companies just don’t know where to begin.’ In a time of rapid advances and digital transformation, it is important that organisations work together and – despite the sensitivity of the issue – help each other by sharing information and tips. Rotterdam city council, the port police, enterprise association Deltalinqs and the port authority are all contributing to the FERM initiative, providing funding and staff resources.

The FERM website provides a platform to help companies by gathering information and tips from all the participants and making it available in one place. Over the coming months the website will be expanded, and on 23 March 2017 a cybersecurity event for clients will be held at the port.

The Cyssec (Cyber Synergy Schiphol Ecosystem) website is a platform that provides organisations at Schiphol with specific tips on enhancing cybersecurity. By sharing knowledge, information and best practices, Schiphol hopes to make its partners aware that they all depend on each other, whether directly or indirectly. Alongside its online platform, Schiphol also plans to start organising information meetings in 2017.