Month: April 2017


Growth in Jobs and Revenue in Dutch Security Cluster


Growth in Jobs and Revenue in Dutch Security Cluster

20 April 2017 – Last year, 1,000 new jobs were created in the security sector and the revenue increased with 4.8% up to a total sum of 7.2 billion euro. The added value of this sector to the national economy grew 6.2% up to a total sum of 3.8 billion euro. This was published in the Policy Research Corporation report on economic potential of the national security cluster HSD. This is a growth which is higher than the national average of 2.1%. In order to maintain this growth it is vital to continue investing in this cluster. On 20 April, HSD executive director Richard Franken handed over the report to HSD chairman Wim Kuijken and Saskia Bruines, deputy mayor of the city of The Hague.

The Dutch security cluster has important regional cores in Twente, Brabant and The Hague where the HSD Campus is located. The biggest growth will be realised within these cores. Richard Franken, executive director HSD Board: “This concerns both the growth of the existing businesses, which could expand through collaboration and innovation, and foreign security organisations which opened a branch in The Netherlands. It shows the attractive power of the presence of the cluster and the Campus. There is an ongoing trend in The Netherlands whereby more international security congresses are organised and foreign security organisations open an office in or near the Campus. This leads directly to an increase of jobs and revenue for The Netherlands. Not only in terms of security but also in service sectors, such as consultancies, taxis and hotels.”

The region of The Hague

Figures show that the region of The Hague welcomed 31 new security organisations and 400 new jobs last year. The total of 406 organisations which are good for 15,200 jobs generate a revenue of 2.27 billion euro, including an added value of 1.23 billion euro to the Dutch economy. Saskia Bruines, Alderman Knowledge Economy, International, Youth and Education of the city of The Hague: “It is great to see that the HSD Campus gives this spin-off. The security domain creates many job opportunities for our region, in particular when all jobs at security services, such as the National Police and Fire Department, are included as well (13.200). This demonstrates why we are the international city of Peace, Justice and Security.”

Tangible results

In 2016, 12 international organisations set up an office in The Netherlands/the province of South Holland, including Red Tullip Systems (USA/Denmark), Andrupos (Germany) and Payatu and E2labs (both from India). Good results were also booked with regards to attracting international congresses with a total of 11. Examples are a congress about Smart Secure Cities, Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe, hardware i.o. and European Conference on Blockchain. HSD work closely together with NFIA, InnovationQuarter and the Municipality of The Hague. Besides that, soft landing programmes with Canada and the USA were set up.

Joris den Bruinen, deputy director HSD: “In order to maintain this growth and efficiency, it is necessary to continue investing in this security cluster and to do so we will, for example, organise the second Cyber Security Week in The Hague at the end of September 2017. The Cyber Security Week will attract many international visitors, incoming trade missions and media to the city. It is a great example to see how such investments directly lead to economic return and gives The Netherlands the opportunity to demonstrate itself as the ‘secure digital gateway to Europe.”

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INTERPOL and TNO Partnership to Combat Cybercrime


INTERPOL and TNO Partnership to Combat Cybercrime

19 April 2017 – On 19 April, INTERPOL and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) have signed an agreement to further enhance and extend their collaboration in combating cybercrime. Combining INTERPOL’s reach throughout the global law enforcement community with TNO’s research and technology provides opportunities to identify practical solutions to increase cyber security.

Tackling cybercrime cannot be resolved unilaterally. As cybercriminals innovate, they do so with speed and by communicating and sharing information with each other. Public and private sectors also need to be innovative in building trusted relationships to identify ways to become more effective in combating the global threat posed by cybercrime.

Staying ahead in the fight against cybercrime
In 2015 INTERPOL’s Cyber Research Lab and TNO created a private darknet network, private cryptocurrency and simulated marketplace to recreate the virtual underground environment used by criminals. This training environment on darknet and cryptocurrencies will now be delivered globally, providing law enforcement worldwide with a deeper understanding of the evolving criminal activities on the darknet. The partnership between INTERPOL and TNO will also be extended to include additional research and innovation to move ahead in the fight against cybercrime, in addition to the secondment of a TNO expert to the IGCI.

Innovation in policing
“Innovation in policing is key and the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation provides a platform for achieving this with our member countries and partners. This new agreement with TNO is important in our continued work to ensure law enforcement have the training and resources they need to take effective action in combating cybercrime,” said Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the IGCI.

First scientific research institute
Mr Wim Nagtegaal, vice-admiral (ret), member of the TNO Executive Board, Chief Operating Officer: “With TNO’s approach to concept development and experimentation we contribute to the fight against cybercrime and cyberterrorism with training and tools. TNO is honored to be the first research institute to partner with INTERPOL. We are proud to see how the research contributions of Prof Pieter Hartel are currently translated to worldwide delivery. This is important from both a security perspective and also emphasizes the Netherlands’ innovation potential.”

His Excellency Jacques Werner, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore who witnessed the agreement signing ceremony said: “In our hyper-connected world, cyber security is a joint responsibility that cannot be solved by any organisation in isolation. The partnership between INTERPOL and TNO is one of the many key ingredients towards cyber security.”

Picture: Mr. Noboru Nakatani and Mr Wim Nagtegaal shaking hands, accompanied by the Dutch Ambasador H.E. Jacques Werner and TNO and INTERPOL officials



Grondwet bij de tijd: e-mail ook onder briefgeheim

Grondwet bij de tijd: e-mail ook onder briefgeheim

18 April 2017 – E-mail, sms en andere vormen van telecommunicatie krijgen voortaan ook de grondwettelijke bescherming van vertrouwelijkheid. Vandaag heeft de Tweede Kamer unaniem ingestemd met het voorstel van minister Plasterk (Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) artikel 13 van de Grondwet zo aan te passen dat ook voor deze vormen van communicatie het briefgeheim geldt.

In het huidige artikel 13 van de Grondwet wordt nog gesproken van telefoon- en telegraafgeheim. Dat is niet meer van deze tijd. In het voorstel dat vandaag is aangenomen door de Tweede Kamer staat nu: ‘Ieder heeft recht op eerbiediging van zijn brief- en telecommunicatiegeheim.’

Alleen na tussenkomst van een rechter of in het belang van de nationale veiligheid met toestemming van in de wet aangewezen personen, kan inbreuk op dit recht worden gemaakt.

Het voorstel tot wijziging van de Grondwet gaat nu voor behandeling naar de Eerste Kamer.



IT Security Company G2K Labs opens new office in…

IT Security Company Group 2000 B.V. opens new office in the United States of America: G2K Labs Inc.

Washington, April 10 2017 – The fact that society today is exposed to serious threats is a serious topic  that we see and read about in the news every day. Organized crime and terrorism seem to have reached a level that can scarcely be controlled  while at the same time our society is increasingly ‘connected’, via mobile devices and the Internet of Things. These developments demand the solid protection of the individual user, who is often only partially aware of the risks of being on-line 24/7. The telecommunication network’s data flows, the information concerning the location of the users and the use of social media yield a wealth of ‘Big Data’ to the authorities charged with enforcement. G2K Labs provides a clear and sustainable answer for today’s challenges.

To actively participate in the provision of security for the people, telecommunication networks nationwide, G2K Labs announces its formal presence in the United States. G2K Labs opens its business on April 17th with Mr. Matthew Smith as CEO and Mr. John Sheridan as COO.  Both Mr. Matthew Smith as Mr. John Sheridan are well known in this arena and have extensive experience in this field. G2K Labs will focus on serving the government authorities and telecom providers with a wide range of security solutions.

G2K Labs arose from an initiative by Group 2000 B.V. Group 2000 is a Dutch company founded over 38 years ago with extensive experience in a wide range of security solutions like lawful interception (CALEA), (mass) surveillance, location based services, big data and data disclosure solutions, network management solutions, along with her partner’s analysis solutions. Group 2000’s approach and solutions help governments, intelligence agencies, telecom and Internet service providers to solve security matters and create sustainable critical nationwide intelligence infrastructures. The robust and high performance solutions from their own LIMA portfolio are used globally.

G2K Labs provides solutions that actively contribute to tracing threats, people, and groups on a strategic and tactical level. We supply national critical security infrastructures that are primarily implemented in telecommunications networks, but also on the cyber-security level. Security departments and telecom providers across the globe put our solutions to use.

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How Cell Barring would help in preventing failing communications…

How Cell Barring would help in preventing failing communications at the moments that matter

We don’t notice how dependent we have become on our mobile networks, until they fail. Only then, we notice that it’s not for granted being able to communicate anywhere, anytime.  Such moments make us realize just how vulnerable we are. This is easy to overlook when the signal reception deteriorates on New Year’s Eve, when everybody wants to convey their best wishes at the same time. A power failure that causes a cell tower to breakdown, which in turn overloads another nearby mast, is generally resolved quickly as well.

However, what if there is a huge calamity, like an earthquake or a flood? The network traffic during the tsunami in Japan was fifty to sixty times larger than usual. Even if the infrastructure itself wouldn’t have been damaged, the increased demand on the mobile communication system would have caused the network to fail. In a situation where the emergency services need to be reachable, this is an absolute disaster.

How do we make the network accessible again? By excluding a part of the calls in the area surrounding the calamity: this is what we call a ‘cell barring’. First-aid workers and others, who need the mobile network the most, are prioritized by immediate and accurate network interventions. During the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, users (including emergency services) were requested not to call, but rather to use WhatsApp instead: Under the given circumstances this was not the most useful means of communication, however it was the only way the network could cope.

The usage of LIMA Network Protect, a powerful tool from Group 2000, for managing critical networks and cell barring would have prevented this. By deploying this tool, we help mobile network operators in creating future-proof ‘smart cities’ that communicate resilient and prevent failing communications.