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

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. 

CIROC focuses on knowledge transfer from theory to practice and vice versa, and the disclosure of information about organized crime and the fight against it for Dutch audiences. This takes shape through seminars organized four or five times a year in Utrecht on a topical issue in the field of organized crime.


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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.


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.

Video Coding & Architecture Research Group

The Video Coding and Architectures research group is part of the Signal Processing Systems department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The research spans areas of video analysis, image/video segmentation, object-oriented and 3D video compression that underpin systems-oriented research on video coding and architectures. This work pursues state-of-the-art video functionality at high cost-efficiency (e.g. for real-time aspects and/or mobile applications), through a combination of novel algorithms and architectures.

Criminology Department, Surveillance and enforcement: on the dynamics between crime and social control in late modern society.

Crime and safety politics, drug trafficking, human smuggling, migration, corporate crime and transnational organised crime, life-course criminology, historical criminology and international and comparative criminology are the department’s main fields of research.


International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague

ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. Research lines and projects: Human development and human security frameworks, international migration and climate change.


The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think tank and knowledge hub that focuses on information creation, collation and dissemination pertaining to the preventative and international legal aspects of counter-terrorism. ICCT’s work focuses on themes at the intersection of preventing and countering violent extremism and human rights and rule of law related aspects of counter-terrorism. 


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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.


The Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

This department is involved with education and research in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure. 


Centre for Innovation: Peace Informatics Lab

The Peace Informatics Lab is a knowledge hub for scientists and practitioners interested in applying Big Data analytics in the field of peace & justice. We develop Big Data approaches for fostering peace, security and prosperity. 


Department of Criminal Law and Criminology

The academic and research activities conducted by the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology focus on criminal law, criminal procedures and criminology in its current European context.




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Focusgroep Openbare Orde & Veiligheid

Traditionally, public order is enforced by physical action – non-legal act – by the police, under authority of the mayor. In this context it is important to provide a system for the legal rules relating to this method of maintaining public order. How is the concept of public order defined? Does this definition meet the requirements of legal certainty? What is the relationship between these – so called – immediate powers for the maintenance of public order in, among others, the “gemeentewet” and the general rules of administrative law?


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The ITS is a not-for-profit research institute that is affiliated to Radboud University Nijmegen and specialised in social-science research, policy recommendations, due diligence and knowledge transfer. The ITS works on the basis of commissions from ministries, provincial and local government, employers and employee organisations, care institutions, business, schools, universities, educational institutions, advisory bodies, sector governing bodies and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research [Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek] (NWO) and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development [Nederlandse organisatie voor gezondheidsonderzoek en zorginnovatie] (ZonMw)

Lectorate International Peace, Justice and Security

The research group International Peace, Justice and Security at The Hague University of applied sciences is strongly committed to strengthening The Hague’s position as the City of International Peace and Justice, and wishes to contribute to that cause. The group is a welcome addition to the existing research groups such as International Cooperation, which primarily focuses on development cooperation, and Public Management. What we ultimately seek is to apply research and education to help policy and government address global questions in their integral, systemic context.

Ad de Jonge Centrum

The Ad de Jonge Center for Intelligence and Security Studies focuses on education, research and knowledge valorisation in the field of intelligence and security services. The center looks at the interaction between security policies on the one hand and civil rights and privacy on the other.


Bonger Criminology Institute [Bonger Instituut voor Criminologie]

The research carried out by the Bonger Institute for Criminology focuses on the lifestyles, crime and criminalisation processes. Specific themes are drug use and trade, homelessness, multiculturality and prostitution.


Centre for Public Order and Security [Centrum voor Openbare Orde en Veiligheid]

The Centre for Public Order and Security wants to function as a source of information for scientists and those involved in legal practice who deal with issues relating to public order, disasters and serious accidents. The centre is a place for cooperation between lawyers from the University of Groningen (RUG) and the VU University Amsterdam (VU). They also take part in the 'Security and Order' research programme organised by the focusfor Law and Governance. Many other publications by employees at the centre can be found on this site.


Chair Group on International Relations and Security Studies

The Chair Group on International Relations & Security Studies enquires security policies in world politics. The aim is to better understand ‘politics of security’ across time and space. How do debates in Security Studies evolve and how do they relate to security policies? Research and teaching focus in particular on power configurations in world politics and debates about international order.


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.


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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Centre for International Criminal Justice

Established in 2012, the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ) is a university based organization dedicated to interdisciplinary study, debate and research relating to the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the crime of aggression and other gross human rights violations. Based at the Law Faculty of VU University in Amsterdam, we strive to bring together researchers and students with (international) criminal law and criminology backgrounds. 

Applied research institutes

Clingendael is a Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy and aims to enhance insight in international relations. The institute provides public and private sector organisations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of economic diplomacy, international security and conflict management. Clingendael specifically focuses on security and Europe, and the position and the role of the Netherlands. 


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HiiL Innovating Justice helps turn the most promising and disruptive ideas into effective innovations by bringing together the best legal experts, cutting-edge technology, and new types of funding. We differ because we put the users of the justice system first. We constantly scan the latest available knowledge and work to help our clients understand people’s justice needs and develop effective strategies based on what works. We help to integrate new technologies for resolving conflict in time-honoured legal procedures, linked to effective institutional structures. HiiL offers a Justice Innovation Lab as a special service. The lab provides clients with a creative space and an interdisciplinary team of committed advisors to co-design justice processes that have a measurable impact. Our dispute resolution knowledge, innovation experience and uniquely adapted scrum method guarantee a fair, fast and fresh result.


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The COT has been a subsidiary of Aon Nederland since 2008. Our expertise combines very well with Aon's expertise in the field of risk management. If required for our work we can ensure that our operations and approach to projects are based on optimal confidentiality or impartiality. The COT carries out tailor-made research for clients in, for example, the public sector, energy market and industry. The COT combines policy research with criminology. Training using drills. Consultancy followed by research. The main theme of our services is provided by the field of work itself, namely security and crisis management. 


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The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) is the leading independent knowledge institute in the Netherlands in the field of aerospace. Our mission is to make air and space travel safer, more sustainable and more efficient. The multidisciplinary approach of the NLR is oriented around the development of new and cost-effective aerospace technologies, from design support to production technology and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul).


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The T.M.C.  Asser Instituut is a foundation with the purpose of performing and maintaining scientific research and education in the areas of international and European law. It is a non-profit organisation, primarily funded by the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and administered through the University of Amsterdam. The Research Cluster Public International Law has a strong focus on: international human rights law, counter-terrorism and human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.


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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 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.

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.


NWO Programme Conflict and Security 

With the Conflict and Security programme, NWO wishes to encourage research into the causes and effects of conflicts in societies. Governments and public institutions can use the research results for policy development.

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.


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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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

From its state-of-the-art, purpose-built premises in The Hague, the Netherlands, the NFI provides products and services to a wide range of national and international clients. To make sure that its work remains at the forefront of developments, the NFI invests heavily in Research and Development. In this way, it lays the foundations for the innovative forensic methods and technologies that will play an important part in the coming decades. The NFI also maintains close relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and universities. The NFI put a revolutionary CSI Lab into use in 2011. It is a demonstration and training facility to investigate a virtual crime scene. Forensic investigators first record the actual crime scene with 3D scans, exactly as the police encountered the situation. 


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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 Big Data Value Center (shorted: BDVC) is a unique 'open innovation platform' with a physical place in Almere, The Netherlands. In the Big Data Value Center, we create more value out of (big) data. Together with our 'A-Team', companies can experiment with their and other datasets in a save and inspirational place. The experiments result in new or improved business cases. The Big Data Value Center is founded by the Economic Development Board Almere in collaboration with TNO, SURFsara, eScience Center, Amsterdam Economic Board and Economic Board Utrecht.


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The Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety (CCV) is the pre-eminent national centre that develops and implements coherent instruments designed to enhance community safety. CCV stimulates cooperation between public and private organisations to achieve a coordinated, integrated approach to crime prevention, and forms a bridge between policy and practice. In terms of content, CCV plays an important role by forging links between science, policy and practice. CCV-employees can be seen as knowledge brokers who realise that much depends on their capacity to provide this knowledge as effectively as possible. CCV has grouped its activities into a number of thematic programmes: safe homes, safe communities, safe enterprises, public safety policy, administrative approach and compliance expertise (aimed at influencing behaviour). Moreover, CCV manages and develops quality schemes and instruments and builds results in the areas of accreditation and standardisation.


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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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The OTO Knowledge Portal is the source of information for professionals in the care sector who are involved in education, training and drills in preparation for a medical response during a disaster or crisis. The organisation's focal areas include netcentric working, crisis communication, e-learning, CBRN and victim information. 


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The Safety Valley Corporative brings together knowledge and expertise in the field of organisational security and processes these to create innovative solutions that actually work. Safety Valley develops strategic partnerships with companies and authorities with the aim being a joint approach to solving structural security problems, preventing incidents and improving responses performance during incidents and crises. In this way we can help organisations and those around them to become safer in the long term. 


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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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