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. The Expertise Centre was officially opened by Ingrid van Engelshoven Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague (Knowledge Economy, International, Youth and Education), the Mayor of Zoetermeer Charlie Aptroot and Chairman of The Hague University of Applied Sciences Leonard Geluk.
“Building and securing knowledge, insights and expertise in the field of Cyber Security is the mission of the new Cyber Expertise Centre”, says Stefan Ellenbroek, Manager of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security. “In collaboration with our partners, we contribute to the State of the Art in this profession. Through research we are trying to increase public awareness for cyber security.”.
Deputy Mayor van Engelshoven is pleased with the initiative: “This is exactly what we need in The Hague where the security sector is rapidly growing and innovating. Good education and research in the new knowledge domain of cyber security are important pillars for this. It is important to stimulate ‘Access to Talent’, so that within the security cluster HSD there can be worked on innovative security solutions. Additionally, talent is an important factor for businesses in their choice of where to establish themselves. This initiative contributes to this.”
Seminar: Research in Cyber Security
The seminar’s central theme was research on cyber security. In addition to the launch of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security, there was also attention for the completion of the project ‘Safe Water’ of The Hague University of Applied Sciences as well as for the completion of the ‘Information Security’ programme of the Dutch Water Authorities (Unie van Waterschappen). Finally, Ida Haisma, Director of the Dutch security cluster HSD, spoke about the possibilities of Public-Private Cooperation in Cyber Security in the province of South Holland and launched a new report 'Securing Critical Infrastructures in the Netherlands – Towards a National Testbed'.