Cyber security

ICT is essential to our society and economy. The Netherlands is increasingly turning into Europe’s digital gateway. But the vulnerability, dependence and complexity of ICT systems are leading to new threats.

The government and business sectors are having to work together to make us more resilient and ensure that we can respond effectively. A joint response and joint action are essential to tackling not only cyber espionage, crime, terrorism and warfare, but also disruptions to ICT systems caused by technical or human failure.

What is cyber security?

Cyber security means freedom from danger or damage caused by the disruption, failure or abuse of ICT systems. This danger or damage may consist of a limitation in the availability or reliability of ICT systems, a breach of the confidentiality of information stored in them, or damage to the integrity of that information.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

In the coalition agreement, it was decided to develop a National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). As part of this strategy, on 1 January 2012, a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will be launched. The Centre is a joint venture between government bodies and business enterprises aimed at forging an integrated approach to cyber security. The Dutch Government Computer Emergency Response Team (GovCert), which since 1 August 2011 has fallen under the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV), will serve as a basis for the new Centre.

The Centre will combine tactical and operational knowledge and expertise from the government and business sectors. By doing so, it will gain a clearer understanding of threats and developments and be better able to help deal with incidents and make decisions in digital security emergencies.

Cyber Security Council

Another result of the National Cyber Security Strategy was the establishment in June 2011 of the Cyber Security Council. The Council consists of representatives of government bodies and business enterprises, under the joint chairmanship of Eelco Blok (CEO of KPN) and Dick Schoof (of the NCTV). The annexe contains a description of the Cyber Security Council, with additional information about its structure and membership.