NOS 8th O’clock News (11.25) and Dutch national newspaper NRC have paid attention to the economic benefits of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2015. Reinier van der Drift, director of HSD partner Authasas, Pim Cornelissen, Redsocks, and Joris den Bruinen, Deputy-Director HSD were interviewed. NRC also paid attention to the Cyber Security Week, hosted at the HSD Campus.
Following a GCCS representative, the conference has cost 15 million Euros. So what are the benefits of organising such a large event?
Den Bruinen: “These conferences are in line with the way The Hague has presented itself in recent years as city of peace and justice. Cybersecurity is a prolongation of this. Large international organisations, including NATO Communications and Information Agency and Europol, have established their headquarters in The Hague. The security sector provides 61,500 jobs in the Netherlands.
The GCCS and the Cyber Security Week attracted trade delegations of large security multinationals and startups from all over the world. For example, a combined US-Canadian delegation took part in the Cyber Security Week Innovation Room. Also, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the US Department of Homeland Security and HSD, leading to new trade opportunities.
The conference has put the Netherlands further in the spotlight as location for innovative businesses. Four businesses from the US-Canadian delegation have shown serious interest in establishing an office in The Hague. WFIA, InnovationQuarter, and HSD are cooperating to make this happen. Den Bruinen: “We also have a hard target. Before the end of the year we want to bring in at least five branches of foreign businesses. The conference plays a crucial role in this.” This will significantly increase the number of jobs and economic gains for the Netherlands.
Van der Drift mentioned that many large customers, including large banks, sent representatives to the GCCS, which has provided businesses like Authasas with great opportunities to meet them and to do business.
Interview NOS with Joris den Bruinen, Deputy-Director HSD
Source: NRC Q