Cyber security: essential for economic and social opportunities

The new National Cyber Security Agenda (NCSA) strengthens our digital security and ensures that the vital interests of the Netherlands are better protected. The Netherlands is one of the most digital countries in the world, giving it an excellent starting position. However, we can only make the most of these opportunities if the Netherlands is digitally secure. Because of the impact and speed at which technology is developing, there is a need for a dynamic approach which can be modified to suit changing threats. While many of the measures require a stronger commitment by the government, others can only be developed with or by market parties.

'Cybersecurity is inextricably linked with our national security and the smooth functioning of our society. Since the threat of cyber attacks continues to increase, the basic security level must be improved. As a government, we cannot achieve this result alone. The National Cyber Security Agenda can only succeed if the government and business sector work together',

says Minister of Justice and Security Ferdinand Grapperhaus.

Increased digital strength

The Netherlands needs to be better prepared for major cyber incidents which pose a threat to national security. Cyber attacks do not just affect the government, but also the business sector in particular. For this reason, a national system is required which allows information about the latest cyber threats and possible measures to be shared more widely as well as more effectively between the public and private parties. This approach will allow us to increase the digital strength of the government and business sector.

Stronger collaboration with the business sector

The vital processes in the Netherlands require extra protection and accelerated recovery in the event of failure or damage. As a result, it is important to work with trusted cyber security companies for the vital infrastructure. The government is joining forces with the business sector to develop certification, thus making it clear which third parties are reliable.
Grapperhaus is also calling on large companies to help smaller companies get their digital security in order by sharing information about the latest threats and measures.

'A good example of this collaboration is the Port of Rotterdam. Adopting the motto "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link", they have joined forces to set up a cybersecurity knowledge hub. All the companies in the port share information with each other, which allows the Port of Rotterdam to deter cyber attacks as a whole.'

Investing in detection and prosecution

Strengthening cyber security and tackling cyber crime go hand in hand. Significant investments in the digital security of the Netherlands will also allow us to keep cyber criminals at bay. The Public Prosecution Service and the police are being given greater powers to arrest and prosecute cyber criminals. At the same time, citizens should also do more to batten down their own digital doors. For this reason, investments are being made in education to familiarise people with the greatest risks and most important measures.

Government-wide approach

By means of this government-wide cyber security agenda, the Minister Grapperhaus is coordinating the implementation of the provision in the coalition agreement which aims to create an integrated approach to cyber security. The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) is charged with overseeing the increased government regulation which arises from the NCSA, while the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is simultaneously being positioned as the national expertise centre.