A Cybersecurity Hub

Author: Lane Nieset       


The World Forum, in The Hague, Netherlands, will host the 2019 Secure Summit EMEA. (Courtesy THCB)

Home to the Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the National Cyber Security Centre, and a campus of the NATO Communications and Information Agency, The Hague, Netherlands, has established itself as a hub for cybersecurity in Europe, a reputation reinforced by the Secure Summit EMEA’s upcoming conference there.

From 15-16 April, (ISC)², a global organization for cybersecurity and IT security professionals, will host 400 of the top cybersecurity professionals from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at the 2019 Secure Summit EMEA. Titled “Enrich. Enable. Excel,” the conference at the World Forum will feature more than 40 sessions, ranging from deep dive workshops to immersive interactive activities coordinated with the Platform for Information Security, the association for information security in the Netherlands.

Attendees will have the chance to attend networking sessions with members of various (ISC)² chapters as well meetings with the (ISC)² leadership team. The event will also highlight stand-out figures in the cybersecurity field with the presentation of the EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards, the only awards in the cybersecurity community to honour peers. In addition to a mix of panels on subjects like blockchain in cybersecurity, led by Joseph Carson, chief security scientist at Thycotic, attendees can attend a workshop where they will learn how to tackle real-life issues like a GDPR data breach.

The Hague, in another step toward establishing its cybersecurity expertise, last October hosted Cyber Security Week in coordination with The Hague Security Delta, a network of businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions that partner to develop innovative security solutions. Panels on international collaboration featured cyber experts from Israel and Northern Ireland, who shared their national expertise, as well as Petra van Schayik, director of Dutch IT company Compumatica, who spoke about the company’s role in providing cybersecurity for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Platforms like Cyber Security Week, which allow for international participants to “share knowledge, increase cybercrime awareness, and initiate valuable collaboration,” according to Richard Franken, executive director of The Hague Security Delta, are helping to build on The Hague’s status as a hub for cybersecurity in Europe. Now with (ISC)² taking its summit to The Hague for 2019, the organisation is looking to address a wider audience with an expanded programme dedicated to earning continuing professional education credits and driving discussion on the cybersecurity technologies hitting the market.

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