State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff calls for more cooperation for a safer internet

Cooperation between governments, businesses and knowledge institutions is the key to a safer and freer internet. Speaking to more than 900 participants at today’s opening of the annual international cyber security conference hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, highlighted the importance of internet freedom and security. ‘Our prosperity is built on a free and safe internet. That’s why we have to be ready to repel cyber threats. And that’s why international businesses, governments and knowledge institutions must work together.’

Smart coalitions

The theme of this year’s ONE Conference is ‘Let’s get ready’. The programme looks at how countries and organisations can strengthen their digital resilience to cyber threats. ‘Digital threats don’t respect national borders,’ Mr Dijkhoff said. ‘Individual countries must help each other resist the threats together, for example with specialist response teams.’ It is essential that countries have the capacity they need in the form of, for example, Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), and share knowledge with each other. Otherwise cyber criminals will exploit the weaknesses of one country to attack all countries. ‘Capacity-building and knowledge-sharing have become two of the most important issues on the international cyber agenda,’ said Mr Dijkhoff. They will also be priorities during the forthcoming Global Conference on CyberSpace and the Dutch Presidency of the EU in 2016.’

50 speakers

Well-known names such as Jason Healey (Atlantic Council), Laura DeNardis (American University), Jaya Baloo (KPN) and Katie Moussouris (HackerOne) will be speaking during the two-day conference. The subjects addressed will include CERT maturity, responsible disclosure, new technologies, detection, public-private partnerships, education, scientific research, the organisation of security, and privacy. More than 900 participants and 50 speakers are expected from the Netherlands and abroad, including national and international technical specialists, policymakers, decision-makers and scientists from public and private organisations and the CERT community. The winners of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) prize will also be showing prototypes of their innovative products.