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

3TU contributes to the well-being of the Netherlands by strengthening and pooling knowledge and creativity in the technology sector, and by exploiting it to maximum effect. This is why the three universities of technology (TU Delft, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente) are jointly committed to strengthening and pooling their technical knowledge with the aim of producing sufficient numbers of highly qualified engineers and technical designers.


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Forensic Science Research group

The police academy and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences are jointly developing the Forensic Science Research Group. The task of the research group is to develop knowledge for police practice and (police) education.


Lectorate E-Discovery

The E-Discovery research group is part of CREATE-IT Applied Research at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. This recently created research group focus on the forensically sound, secure and intelligent processing of information. It researches the selection, processing and production of digitally stored data as evidence in private, civil or criminal investigations.


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Centre of Expertise for Security

The Centre of Expertise for Security [Expertisecentrum Veiligheid] is involved in research in the field of social security and in searching for answers to complex security issues.

Research group in digitalisation and security

The research group focuses primarily on moral-ethical, legal, technological and organisational issues of and between organisations with a social task in order to improve the service or assistance to citizens or clients with safety as the point of departure.


Research group in Integral Safety

The research group in Integral Safety focuses on a fascinating but uncompromising field, namely the 'frayed edges' of society. By this we mean prostitutes, travellers, tramps and homeless people, young people at risk and multi-problem families.


Research group in probation and safety policy

Although safety and crime figures are important to policymakers, citizens primarily want to feel safe and experience that justice is done after wrongdoing. Our research group will work on finding practical answers to questions on how to tackle criminal behaviour and increase social security.


Research group in Security in dependency relationships

The research group focuses on domestic violence, including child abuse, domestic abuse and elder abuse. This includes violence in specific relationships, such as lover boys, bullying, stalking and cyber blackmail, as well as violence perpetrated by professionals who work in care and welfare, legal organisations, education and the church.


Research group in security, public order and law

Our research group will focus on the functioning of the players within the security chain. The emphasis will be on the parties that carry out their tasks within the framework of security concerns and how the law supports them in this respect, or indeed inhibits them. 

Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences have combined their knowledge and expertise in education for professionals in this field in the Cyber Security Academy (CSA) in The Hague. The CSA is an initiative of the municipality of The Hague. At the CSA scholars and lecturers together with experts from private and public sectors translate these issues into a varied range of multidisciplinary learning tracks for highly educated professionals.


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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.


Cyber Security Group

Research subjects are: Computing with Encrypted Data, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Information Theoretic Security and Privacy. 

Security Group

The Security group (SEC) is part of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Eindhoven. Together with the Coding and Crypto group, SEC forms EIPSI, the Eindhoven Institute for the Protection of Systems and Information. SEC focuses on technical aspects of security and privacy for embedded systems without disregarding the non-technical aspects.



The Kerckhoffs Institute for Computer Security is a collaboration between the computer science departments of the University of Twente, the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Radboud University Nijmegen. It was founded in 2005.


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Centre for Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

The Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) of Leiden University – Faculty Campus The Hague – was established on 1 February 2007. Initially it primarily focused on research into terrorism, counterterrorism, political activism and radicalisation. Taking on board new developments in the field of security and crisis management, today the CTC focuses on a broader range of topics: from cyber security and ‘cyber terrorism’, to threat and crisis communication and crisis and security management. With this wide approach, the CTC aims to contribute to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach of the phenomenon of (counter)terrorism and new security issues. 

Cyber Safety Research Group

The Cybersafety Research Group conducts research on cyber safety. The research program covers the following research themes such as trends in cybercrime, youth and cybersafety and companies and cybersafety. Furthermore, the Group contributes to safety education: it is closely linked to the bachelor course in Safety and Security at NHL University of Applied Sciences, and it conducts postgraduate courses for safety practitioners.


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Digital security group

The Digital Security group works on a broad range of topics in computer security, including applied cryptography, security protocols, smartcards and RFID, and the security and correctness of software. We are alos interested in societal aspects of digital security, such as privacy and e-voting, and interatction with disciplines outside computer science such as cryptography and law. As the first university in the Netherlands we start a Bachelor track in Cyber Security in 2013. 

SURF is the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch higher education and research. SURF offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities 


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Center of Expertise on Cyber Security

On 26 November, The Hague University of Applied Sciences launched the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security. In this new centre, businesses, governments and other knowledge institutions work together on innovation in cyber security education.


Lectorate Cyber Security and Safety

Digital information has become an integral part of modern society. Our entire society and all the organisations within it need information to function. No organisation can survive a long-term disruption to their flow of information. It follows that the security of information systems and the information they contain has become crucial. Cyber security & safety is a complex and multifaceted discipline. It requires a thorough knowledge of technical aspects like mathematics, physics, informatics, telematics and electrical engineering, as well as non-technical aspects such as business administration, communication, law, economics and psychology.

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics LAB is an open platform for developing and sharing knowledge on topics that fuse (big) data, data-related analysis, and data-driven business. The Business Analytics LAB aims to identify the issues that arise from these fields and to help make decisions that help businesses or organizations move a step further.


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The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation. TILT's expertise covers a wide range of topics related to developments in ICT and nano-, bio-, neurotechnology and robotics -technologies that are currently flourishing thanks to their rapidly evolving ICT infrastructures. Topics include e-government, e-commerce, e-health, trust, technology adoption and legitimacy, privacy, identity management, liability, cyber crime, public security, intellectual property rights, networks and innovation, and governance.


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Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group (STeP)

STeP, the ‘Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group’, is an interdisciplinary team of researchers – from early stage researchers to advanced researchers - organised within the Department of European and Economic Law. The team covers many areas of information policy & technology law including privacy, data protection, security sciences, surveillance, cybercrime, self-regulation and health informatics.

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.


Institute of Information and Computing Sciences

Institute of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University has a strong national and international position in research and education in both computer science and information science. From the various disciplines within these fields, we focus on game technology as a primary application domain.


Department of History and Art History

Our historians and art historians are committed to teaching and research in the field of Europe as a region within world history. That means a focus on Europe, but expressly framed within a global context, including the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Research Group Coordination of Security

This research group focuses on the field of security in society and research at the interface of safety and security. This is a broad field of research. It ranges from practical matters such as individual or community-based prevention projects - through municipalities, the police, the judiciary, the prison and probation services - to security and safety policy and research.


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Computer Systems

The Systems and Network Security Group is lead by prof. dr. ir. Herbert Bos and deals with all aspects of system-level security. It is active in the areas of attack detection, exploitation, binary and malware analysis, software hardening, and reverse engineering. It is active in the areas of attack detection, binary and malware analysis, and reverse engineering. Our work on reverse engineering is partially funded by an ERC Starting Grant for the Rosetta project.


Computer and Information Security

Applied research institutes

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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CIP is the centre of expertise for information security and protection of privacy of, for and by government organisations. It has developed into a public-private network organisation in which expert market organisations participate as knowledge partners. Knowledge of information security and protection of privacy which is present within these organisations is shared and made accessible within the framework of the cooperation with the CIP. 


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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.


The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)

The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) is a national research institute dedicated to fundamental scientific research in the field of crime and law enforcement. The institute is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and is co-financed by VU University Amsterdam.


NWO Programme Cyber Security

The Cyber Security programme focuses on the development of products, services and knowledge for the security of the digital society. Cyber Security encourages collaboration between the business community and science, with the business community as both supplier and customer.


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.


National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the central information hub and centre of expertise for cyber security in the Netherlands. NCSC's mission is to contribute to the enhancement of the resilience of Dutch society in the digital domain, and thus to create a secure, open and stable information society. On an international level the NCSC is the Dutch point of contact in the field of ICT threats and cyber security incidents. The NCSC is also a key figure in the operational coordination at a major ICT crisis and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the Dutch central government.


Research and Documentation Centre (WODC)

WODC (the Dutch abbreviation for Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum, in English: Research and Documentation Centre) can best be characterised as an international knowledge centre on: security, criminal, civil and administrative justice and migration issues. "Excellence" and "customer-orientation" are the organisation's guiding principles. Its major output is knowledge for the benefit of policy development.


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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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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Platforms, clusters and foundations

The Dutch Cyber Security Council (Nederlandse Cyber Security Raad, CSR) has a strong public-private character. Strategic problems in the cyber domain are approached from a multidisciplinary angle. It does not concern threats alone, but also social and economic opportunities. The CSR was formed by ministerial order and advises the government. The CSR also advises organisations in, for example, the critical infrastructure. The Council is formed from highly-placed representatives in scientific, public and private organisations: The private members represent their supporters, such as a trade association. Problems are approached from various angles and the various interests are handled according to priority in the advice.


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The IIP addresses (information) security and privacy research challenges through an ambitious multidisciplinary research agenda that addresses all strategic sectors of the Dutch economy. Although security and safety research questions are dealt with in a multidisciplinary context, for the IIP the use of ICT is crucial. Platform members work on a range of topics, such as privacy enhancing technologies, camera surveillance, digital identities, critical infrastructure protection, cyber crime prevention, and reliable food.


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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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ECP is a neutral platform for the business community, government and social organisations and was set up to stimulate ICT use in Dutch society. This involves sharing ideas on the vision of the Netherlands as an information society which ECP then links to actual activities and projects. ECP uses debate and research to place the social and economic importance of ICT on the agenda. The organisation also works to remove obstacles that stand in the way of ICT use in society. ECP also focuses on reinforcing the position of ICT in society.


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EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. The headquarter is in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, London, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as in Budapest and Madrid. The Eindhoven Node focuses on ICT innovations for Health & Wellbeing, new business creation, lifelong learning, Master School and Doctoral Programme. 


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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 National Security Analysts' Network now brings together all national security related expertise. The network's most important task is to draw up an annual National Risk Assessment [Nationale Risicobeoordeling] (NRB). This has been done since 2007. The assessment analyses various kinds of threats using scenarios which are assessed using criteria of probability and impact. The NRB is part of the government-wide National Security strategy. The organisations at the heart of this network are the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment [Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu] (RIVM), the General Intelligence and Security Service [Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst] (AIVD), Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research [Nederlandse organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek] (TNO), the Clingendael Institute and the Research and Documentation Centre [Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek en Documentatiecentrum] (WODC) of the Ministry of Security and Justice.


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Nederland ICT is the trade association for more than 550 IT, telecom, internet and office companies in the Netherlands. Nederland ICT represents a business community with a turnover of almost €30 billion and over 250,000 employees, making it the foremost advocate and representative of the Dutch ICT sector. Nederland ICT's mission is to apply its expertise and knowledge for the purpose of providing the highest possible quality service and opportunities to its members in the ICT sector, and help them make the right decisions in delivering commercial solutions and achieving growth and profitability. Nederland ICT is active in the area of market promotion, advocacy and individual services, for example in the legal domain. Furthermore its members profit from financial benefits and the extensive network platform.


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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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PBLQ, the Dutch Institute for Public Administration, strengthens the core business of the public sector through advice, education, research and innovation. The public sector is in transition, affected by many internal and external factors, including security. The European Union adds new dimensions, as does the information and knowledge society. The public sector therefore needs modernisation to ensure leaner and smarter organisations and more efficient processes to meet today's societal challenges. PBLQ offers a unique mix of advice, education, and research and innovation, making it the logical partner for the public sector to achieve this transformation successfully.


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The Privacy & Identity Lab (aka the PI.lab) was founded on November 11, 2011 as a collaboration between Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN), Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) and TNO. The Privacy & Identity Lab (the PI.lab) is a leading scientific research institute in the area of digital privacy and identity. We study the fundamental dimensions of privacy and identity from a legal, technical and social perspective. We develop the legal, technical and social methods and tools for proper privacy protection and identity management, through multidisciplinary research and development. We apply our knowledge in practice, in cooperation with our stakeholders in government, industry and society, to achieve societal impact. We engage with society and participate in the public debate.


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The Platform for Information Security (PvIB) is the Association for information security in the Netherlands. The PvIB is the Dutch centre of expertise where information, knowledge and experience about information security are collated, improved, enriched and redistributed. The PvIB delivers a contribution to issues with a clear social relevance. Organised by and for volunteers, the PvIB is the meeting point for professionals, who wish to support one another through their expertise by exchanging knowledge and experience, on a voluntary basis. The platform promotes the expertise in information security and increases the security awareness.


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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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