HSD Café: Innovation in Counterterrorism
Since 9/11 terrorist organisations, such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State has been making headlines regularly. The recent attacks in Paris, in which 129 people were killed, made it painfully clear that terrorism is still capable of striking the West in its hart. Despite the fact that the Netherlands has not been targeted this far, the chances of such an attack are significant, as stated by the NCTV. Furthermore, terrorist activity has been a significant driver of the recent influx of refugees, putting Western society under extra pressure.
With our society further digitising, the modus operandi of terrorism has changed as well. This implies that traditional counterterrorism methods tend to be no longer sufficient in order to effectively fight this evolving threat. How exactly did terrorism change? And how can law enforcement agencies deal with this evolving threat and what do they need? To what extent are we capable of detecting radicalisation early on? And how can private actors contribute to countering terrorism? We will discuss these questions with representatives from all three branches of the triple helix.
The HSD Café is set up as follows
From 16:00 until 16:30, the following experts will share their insights on the matter through brief presentations:
- Liesbeth van der Heide (Research Fellow, International Centre for Counter Terrorism) will introduce the phenomenon of terrorism and how its evolvement affects traditional CT-methods.
- Joost van Elk (Strategic Advisor, Ministry of Security & Justice) will discuss changes in countering terrorism from a governmental perspective;
- Ran Cohen (Director, SDR Academy) will elaborate on WeAware, an innovative tool that allows its users to gather information in times of crisis;
- Rob Sutter (CEO, Red Tulip Systems) will discuss innovative communication solutions for CT-officers.
At 16:30, the brief presentations will be followed by a discussion, in which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views.
From 17:00 onwards, the bar is open for drinks and there will be ample opportunity to network.
About the HSD Café
The HSD Cafés are organised for HSD partners on every first and third Thursday of each month (except on public holidays). From cyber to critical infrastructure, 20 sessions will be organised around security topics relevant for companies, the government, and knowledge organisations. In the first hour (16.00-17.00) of each HSD Café, an expert will briefly present a security topic, dilemma, or innovation, followed by an informal discussion. The second part of the HSD Café (17.00-17.45) will consist of drinks and a possibility to network.
The HSD Cafés provide an excellent opportunity to meet (potential) business partners, bring along your contacts, expand your knowledge, and shape the debate on key security issues of the future. Tell us what you think. Let your voice count, expand your network, and join the debate.