Cyber attacks or disruptions on the cyber domain occur regularly. Sometimes vital sectors are target, such as banking, energy or transport. The attacks can therefore have a considerable impact on society. Cyber security is logically part of our national security. This requires that our knowledge remains up-to-date and that we anticipate possible new developments and threats. On June 5, dcypher launched the 3rd edition of the National Cyber Security Research Agenda (NCSRA III).
The NCSRA III describes cyber security research challenges around five pillars, which together support cyber security research and development in the Netherlands. These pillars are: Design, Defence, Attacks, Governance and Privacy. Previous agendas were more disciplinary in design. With the now chosen division into pillars, scientific disciplines come together. They provide direction to the research and enable interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, each pillar requires contributions from computer science, technology, social sciences and the humanities. The goal is to contribute to the cybersecurity of various top sectors and NWA routes with the implementation of a single national cybersecurity research agenda. Hence the motto of the meeting on 5 June: "launch of a new research agenda for a safer society."
New broad national call cyber security
A few hours prior to the public presentation on 5 June, the first copy of the NCSRA III was presented to State Secretary Mona Keijzer by the Director of dcypher and on behalf of the editorial team. During the public presentation, the NCSRA III was received by Patricia Zorko (Ministry of Justice & Security), Stan Gielen (NWO) and Henk-Jan Vink (TNO), each interested party in the implementation of this agenda. After receiving them, they were briefly given the opportunity to respond. In his response NWO president of the Executive Board Stan Gielen indicated that the NCSRA III will be the framework for cyber security research programming in the coming years. NWO has also committed itself to setting up a broad national cyber security call through the Knowledge and Innovation Contract ICT 2018 - 2019. This call is currently being developed by NWO in collaboration with dcypher, the Top Sector ICT and the Top Sector Creative Industry. With this call, NWO wants to meet the need to facilitate broad (interdisciplinary) research collaboration in the field of cyber security. In addition, NWO, together with various ministries, is investigating the possibility to contribute to cyber security knowledge development through the NWA.