Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands 2015: cross-border cyber security approach necessary

Cybercrime and digital espionage remain the largest threat to digital security in the Netherlands. Geopolitical developments like international conflicts and political sensitivities have a major impact on the scope of this threat. These are key findings from the Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands (CSAN), presented to the House of Representatives by State Secretary Dijkhoff today.


As becomes evident from the CSAN, the trends identified in the previous Cyber Security Assessments continue in force in 2015. The introduction of an approach featuring both private and public parties, cooperating to improve cyber security both on the national and international levels, is required to tackle them. State Secretary Dijkhoff states that he will focus the other EU Member States' attention to the development of such an approach during the upcoming EU presidency of the Netherlands: "Only by cooperating will we be able to protect our digital lives against crime and espionage."

Continued development of the cyber security approach

The progress report of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2 (NCSS2) work programme was submitted to the House together with the CSAN. The 2013 NCSS2 aims to bolster Dutch digital resilience. The programme in the main runs on course.

State Secretary Dijkhoff in his policy response emphasised that the CSAN findings confirm the necessity of introducing a national and international cyber security approach. The establishment of public-private partnerships are of the essence in this connection. The rapid development of cyber threats, in a context of an increasingly unstable geopolitical environment, requires constant attention. 2016 will therefore witness the continued development of the cyber security vision. As was the case when NCSS2 was established, all relevant public and private parties will be involved. The key premise is that the cyber security approach is to safeguard the balance between freedom, security and economic growth.

Alert Online

One important part of digital security is having people become aware of cyber security issues. The annual Alert Online campaign was introduced to raise such awareness. The campaign is a join initiative by the government, business sector and academia and will this year be held from 26 October to 6 November 2015. The attention will be focused on cybercrime affecting people and businesses, like phishing and cryptoware.