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 Agenda : a cyber secure Netherlands
On April 20th 2018, the Dutch minister of Safety and Justice Ferd Grapperhaus, has presented the government wide National Cyber Security Agenda (NCSA). The agenda consists of seven challenging ambitions which collectively will contribute to a secure, digital Netherlands. The Netherlands is in an outstanding position to capitalize on the economic and social opportunities of digitalisation. At the same time, vulnerabilities and threats in the digital domain are increasing. Security in the digital domain is therefore a top priority for the cabinet. This is why the cabinet committed to a structural extra investment in cybersecurity. The NCSA sets out the framework for the next step required in cybersecurity. The joint direction is laid out and various measures are considered collectively. This enhances the impact of public and private actions.
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) 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 combines tactical and operational knowledge and expertise from the government and business sectors. By doing so, it gains a clearer understanding of threats and developments and is better able to help deal with incidents and make decisions in digital security emergencies.
Cyber Security Council
The Cyber Security 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.