The Dutch
Security Cluster
The Dutch
Security Cluster

Knowledge Intensive Organisations

The availability of knowledge is a prerequisite for developing innovative solutions. For this reason, HSD has made an overview of knowledge-intensive organisations in the Dutch security sector.

Many knowledge institutions, applied research institutions, governments, platforms, clusters and foundations have developed profound knowledge. HSD aims to strengthen the ties between these organisations and SMEs and corporate businesses that are working on R&D intensive projects. This should lead to valuable cross-overs. The list has been compiled making use of the connections within HSD and by no means claims to be a complete overview. 


Knowledge institutions

Delft Safety & Security Institute

The TU Delft Safety & Security Institute develops fundamental technologies and models for safety and security in the private sphere, the public sphere, and the movement between these two spheres.
The institute is a research and capacity building partner in the field of safety & security. We create a platform for cooperation with industry and government and encourage multidisciplinary cooperation.


Safety & Security Science Group

The Safety and Security Science Group conducts research into the way in which safety- and security-related risks are assessed and managed. It focuses on developing Safety Science methodologies and transfer of knowledge and methodologies between different application domains. The group consists of 13.5 full-time equivalents (FTE) in various domains including chemistry and chemical engineering, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, systems engineering and policy analysis, transport technology and management, psychology, criminology and law, and organisational sciences.

Erasmus School of Law, monitoring Safety and Security Research Program

The programme aims to study social responses to unsafety and insecurity, and the interplay between various modes of monitoring and safety and security, from a normative legal perspective as well as from a social scientific standpoint.

Centre of Knowledge for Risk Management & Security

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security combines education and research on risk management, safety and security at the University of Twente. It offers a portal for questions, requests, knowledge exchange and assignments from all sectors in society. It initiates research on risk management, safety and security and disseminates the findings. The Centre also provides the opportunity for education and training.


Services, Cyber Security and Safety Research Group

The goal of the SCS group is to develop methods and techniques for developing IT-based services that balance service levels with safety- and security levels, and to develop methods and techniques that make existing IT-based services more secure.


Applied research institutes

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice comes first.


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HCSS identifies and analyses the developments that shape our security environment. We show the intricate and dynamic relations between political, military, economic, social, environmental, and technological drivers that shape policy space. Our strengths are a unique methodological base, deep domain knowledge and an extensive international network of partners. HCSS assists in formulating and evaluating policy options on the basis of an integrated approach to security challenges and security solutions.


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The Advisory council for science, technology and innovation (AWTI) advises the Dutch government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation. Many of their findings are published on their website.


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The AIVD is not nearly as secretive as its predecessor, the BVD. In fact, the service tries to be as open as it can. For example, the annual report it publishes on its work and areas of interest is more detailed every year. Subjects: Cyberthreat, Extremism, Information Security, Intelligence, WMDs, Espionage and Terrorism.


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The Institute of Physical Safety is the national support organisation for the safety regions. We support the safety regions as regards reinforcing firefighting services and their approach to disaster and crisis management. The main activities for the safety regions are policy and management support for those in senior official and managerial positions; the development, brokering and safeguarding of knowledge for professionals in the field; education, training and drills intended to ensure and maintain competence; initiatives to encourage the development of talent and leadership; the acquisition, management and the organisational embedding of material for the safety regions; and project management and (organisational) advice. 


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Military Intelligence and Security Service [Militaire Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdienst] (MIVD)

In the Netherlands, the MIVD works closely with the General Intelligence and Security Service [Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst] (AIVD), the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism [Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid] (NCTV), the National Cyber Security Centre [Nationaal Cyber Security Centrum] (NCSC) and various ministries.


Royal Dutch Military Academy [Nederlandse Defensie Academie] (NLDA)

The faculty of Military Science [Faculteit Militaire Wetenschappen] at the NLDA performs scientific research for the military.


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In the Roadmap HTSM Security (System of Systems, Cyber Security, Sensors) we focus on the technological challenges relating to threats to personal security. We examine violence due to deliberate actions and incidents (crises, disasters) where the government can play a role. The entire HTSM ICT Roadmap describes ICT innovations which cross the boundaries between leading sectors. All the individual HTSM road maps have an ICT component, such as the large quantity of (patient) data in systems used in the healthcare sector and ICT for smart mobility.


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Technology Foundation (STW)

Technology Foundation STW realises the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. It does this by funding excellent technical scientific research and by bringing researchers and users together in each project.

National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism protects the Netherlands from threats that could disrupt Dutch society. Together with the partners within the government, the research community and the private sector, the NCTV ensures that the Netherlands’ critical infrastructure is safe and remains that way.Together with our partners in the security sector, the NCTV is committed to making the Netherlands a safe and stable place. The focus is on preventing and minimising social disruption. With the programme Veilig door Innovatie (Secure through Innovation), the Innovation Team focused on promoting innovation in the security domain through cooperation with industry and science, project financing, boosting competitions and encouraging research and knowledge.

This is a form of collaboration of the Government-Wide Innovation Partnership Initiative [Initiatief Rijksbrede Innovatie-Samenwerking] (IRIS). The focus here is not just on ICT innovations, but also on the circular economy, smart construction and other topical issues. The emphasis is on using each other's knowledge, interests, experience and techniques. 


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Centre for Environmental Safety and Security [Centrum Veiligheid] (VLH)

The Centre for Environmental Safety and Security (VLH) is concerned with physical safety in the Netherlands. Physical safety has to do with situations in which there is (a threat of) accidents and incidents and the resulting effects. Consequently, the focus is on accidents involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents (CBRN agents) and accidents with a physics background. The centre's core task is to support (local, regional, national) government in all phases of the safety chain: pro action, prevention, preparation, repression and after-care.


Network of Laboratories for Terrorist Attacks [Landelijk Laboratorium Netwerk Terreur Aanslagen] (LLN-ta)

The Netherlands has a number of laboratories which have facilities to carry out measurements and analyses. These laboratories are organised in the Network of Laboratories for Terrorist Attacks (LLN-ta). The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) acts as the party responsible for the network's system. The Netherlands Forensic Institute [Nederlands Forensisch Instituut] (NFI), the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research [Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek] (TNO), the RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety [Rijks-Kwaliteitsinstituut voor Land- en Tuinbouwproducten] (RIKILT), the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority [Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit ] (nVWA), the Customs Laboratory [Douanelaboratorium] and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment [Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu] (RIVM) are all affiliated to the LLN-ta. Together they provide the total analysis capacity for issues that occur in relation to a terror threat or attack in which CBRN agents play a role

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) is an independent advisory body for government policy. Its position is governed by the Act Establishing a Scientific Council on Government Policy of 30 June 1976 (Instellingswet WRR). The task of the WRR is to advise the government on issues that are of great importance for society. The reports of the WRR are not tied to one policy sector. Rather, its reports go beyond individual sectors; they are concerned with the direction of government policy for the longer term. 


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The Politieacademie carries out applied research. Not only do the results of this have a direct influence on the education, but the Politieacademie also contributes in this way to the development of police practice. In the Innovation Experience Room ‘The iX’ at the Police Academy professionals as well as students can experience the possibilities of the latest technologies. It also allows them to learn how real time data, such as bodycams, sensors, drones and social media can be exchanged, brought together and analysed.


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The Regional Information and Expertise Centres [Regionale Informatie en Expertise Centra] (RIECs) and the National Information and Expertise Centre [Landelijk Informatie en Expertise Centrum] (LIEC) reinforce the government's approach, and provide support for the approach as a whole. The RIECs and the LIEC support public administration throughout the Netherlands by: increasing the awareness of those involved in public administration of the presence of organised crime;
increasing knowledge and expertise with regard 


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Platforms, clusters and foundations

The focal areas of the Dutch Innovation Factory are facilitating meetings, doing business and research and education. It is a place where ICT specialists can meet, exchange knowledge and use each other's expertise for innovation purposes. The link between (ICT) businesses themselves and ICT in further education and research is unique in the Netherlands. The Dutch Innovation Park is the new business park in Zoetermeer which has developed around the Dutch Innovation Factory. In addition to Siemens Nederland, the following companies have premises in the Dutch Innovation Park: Teleplan, Nokia, Atos, Gigaset, VIBA. The Dutch Innovation Factory, with the Faculty for IT & Design, incubator Crosspring/Lab and dozens of ICT companies, is the central building in the park with the Grand Café DIF079, flexible work spaces and conference facilities.


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FME is the number one employers' organisation in the technology industry. The 2,300 affiliated companies employ a total of 225,000 people and are active in the fields of manufacturing, trade, automation and maintenance in the metal, electronics, electrotechnology and plastics sectors. FME promotes its members' interests in The Hague, Brussels, and around the globe. FME also supports its member companies with regard to all aspects of business operations, from employment-law matters to environmental issues, and from innovation processes to the promotion of exports.


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The foundation "Stichting NLnet" stimulates network research and development in the domain of Internet technology. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: "to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose". NLnet has contributed funding to many important and very visible projects such as NLnet Labs, Jitsi, the SSL ObservatoryNoScriptTorGPLv3Serval projectCalligra and webODF as well as many other less known projects that operate more in the background.


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SIDN Labs is SIDN’s research and development team. Labs is responsible for developing new internet technologies and systems and is active in three fields: (1) DNS scalability and security, (2) ‘DNS big data’ and (3) privacy and identity management. The team’s output includes prototypes, performance analyses, standards, articles and reports. SIDN Labs often works with external R&D partners such as the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, PI.lab, NLnet Labs, TNO and the NCSC. Through cooperation, SIDN Labs seeks to acquire knowledge that isn’t yet available in house, to reinforce research projects with our operational expertise with critical infrastructures and to promote the continuous development of the internet.


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ENCS creates and brings together knowledge and resources to secure European critical infrastructures. ENCS is a cooperative association with dedicated highly specialized resources and uses her network in government, academia and business to provide cyber security solutions dedicated to the needs of owners of critical infrastructures and regulators, e.g. the protection of Smart Grids


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The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) is an independent non-profit foundation, funded by financial contributions from the Dutch government and industry and science. STT carries out society oriented technology foresight studies. For that purpose STT facilitates a free space in which enthusiastic stakeholders, experts and creative minds from industry, society, science and government take part. Topics are explored broadly (cross domain and interdisciplinary) and sub-topics are studied in-depth. The focus is on the interrelation between technological and societal developments.


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Throughout the world security and safety are primary concerns for the future. Both at global and local level, the future will be characterised by economic, physical, ecological, territorial, social and political instability. External and internal security are becoming increasingly interrelated.

All over the world the military, law enforcement agencies and industry are helping to protect us against these, often not so obvious, threats. TNO uses technological and behavioural innovation in support of these organizations to perform smarter, more efficient and better protected, enhancing the security of our society. 


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