Deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
Patricia Zorko is the Deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) and Director of the NCTV’s Cybersecurity Department. Keeping the Netherlands safe has been a recurrent theme throughout her career. After completing her studies at the Police College, she began work as an inspector with the Utrecht municipal police in 1986. She later held a number of other positions, including district commander and head of the regional criminal investigation team.
After 20 years she shifted her focus from neighbourhood and urban policing to the national law enforcement and joined the Dutch Police Services Agency (KLPD), where her duties included cybercrime and digitisation. With the introduction of the National Police in 2011 she was appointed project planner, Chief Constable and eventually Chief of the Central Unit. In the last of these posts, her responsibilities included the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17.
In 2015 Ms Zorko made the transition from the police to the Ministry of Justice and Security. As Deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, she contributes to both national and international security, with a particular focus on jihadism. Patricia has has been Acting National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism from november 2018 till february 2019.
Her work as Director of the Cybersecurity Department centres on digital protection, a challenge with a broad range of responsibilities, as illustrated by the analyses conducted under Ms Zorko’s leadership every year. Threats are on the rise and are becoming more complex all the time. In the meantime society and the economy have become entirely dependent on digital technology. Ms Zorko’s decision to vigorously spotlight cybersecurity has resulted in the Dutch Cybersecurity Agenda: seven goals to which public and private sector parties are committing themselves to further enhance the Netherlands’ approach to cybersecurity. This initiative puts cybersecurity at the heart of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy.