After the Afghanistan conference and the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the city of The Hague will host yet another world summit. On 16 and 17 April 2015 ministers from many countries will meet at the World Forum to talk about cyber space and cyber security. Around 1300 participants are expected. One of the main reasons behind the choice for The Hague is a strong presence of cyber security organisations, united in The Hague Security Delta.
Global Cyber Space Conference
Subsequent to London (2011), Budapest (2012), and Seoul (2013), the Netherlands will organise the fourth edition of the Global Cyber Space Conference in The Hague. Cyberspace unlocks enormous potential gains in wealth and welfare in an ever more connected society. In order to be able to continue to benefit from the internet, it is important to ensure safe ways to do business, protect people from threats to their privacy and from crime related activities, and to promote international stability in the cyber domain. We are facing challenges and dilemmas in the way we secure these goals. The Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 will bring stakeholders from various backgrounds together to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive manner. Only working together globally and in a multi-stakeholder setting guarantees that the most crucial piece of societal infrastructure of the 21st century will remain free, open and secure. In that way the full potential of the cyber domain can be used.
Necessity of Cyber Security Solutions
The need for strong cyber security solutions recently became evident through the worldwide theft of 1.2 billion login credentials derived from 420.000 vulnerable websites. The National Cyber Security Centre is currently informing the hacked organisations in the Netherlands. The stolen data include combinations of login names and passwords used to log into the affected websites.
Side-Events Global Cyberspace Conference
Connected to the high-level political conference, the National Cyber Security Centre organises the One Conference, specifically aimed at cyber security professionals, on 13 and 14 April. During the week, several side-events powered by HSD will be organised as well. First of all, an Innovation Room, where innovative cyber security technologies and their possible applications are shown, will be hosted on the HSD Campus. On top of this, a hackathon and an accelerator session between entrepreneurs and investors will be organised. More information about these side-events will become available later this year on our website.
HSD - European Cyber Security Capital The Hague
HSD is the largest security cluster in Europe. In this Dutch cluster – with a core in The Hague region - , businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions work together on innovations and knowledge in security. They share a common goal: more business activity, more jobs and a secure world. Many influential cyber security organisations are based in The Hague, including the National Cyber Security Centre, the European Cyber Crime Centre, the NATO Communications and Information Agency, Europol, and the Defence Cyber Command. Also, many large and niche businesses and knowledge institutions in cyber security, including the Cyber Security Academy, came to The Hague and are united in The Hague Security Delta. The Hague has become Europe’s cyber security capital and is the obvious place to organise the Cyber Space Conference.