National Cyber Security Centre - Ministry of Security and Justice

Symposium 2008

The GOVCERT.NL Symposium 2008 was a great success. We look back at a number of wonderful and inspiring days. We listened to professional speakers, talked to each other, made new friends and rekindled old friendships. We have learned that, in order to ensure reliability and trust in cyber space in the long run, we need to look at liabilities of the different parties in the field of software and critical infrastructure. Additionally, we need to co-operate and use each other's qualities to fight cyber crime and join forces to reach end users.

Evaluation and feedback

Going through the evaluation forms, we got the feeling that almost everything was right. Thank you! At the same time, you gave us plenty of points to improve as well. This will keep up sharp.
A selection of your feedback:

  • 'All the people I needed to talk to where there!'
  • 'Very good agenda. Interesting topics.'
  • 'Great program, good organization.'
  • 'Great event. Congratulations and thank you!'
  • 'Interesting people, great and actual topics, good speakers. This was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.'
  • 'You had the right mix of sessions!'
  • 'Gathering the newest info, exchanging opinions with others'
  • 'Very good discussions.'
  • 'Good mix of presentations: technical, strategic and innovative.'
  • 'Some great international speakers with excellent content, professional environment.'
  • 'Holland can be proud!'
  • 'Got a good picture of current state of affairs regarding security.'

How sustainable is your security?

It’s 2008. Global security spending is up, international cooperation is stronger than ever and miscreants are being tried for sending spam or running botnets. At the same time, the software, hardware and ICT solutions that we depend on for so many aspects of our daily lives are full of vulnerabilities.
While sustainability is a real issue in most industries, many ICT solutions are still introduced without providing proper attention to security. This leaves us with the question: which assertions can we really make about the security of the systems that we use to work, trade, travel, shop, vote and control our infrastructure?
Security is an investment in the future. It is about the products that we run, the services that we use and the society that we live in. Not only now, but also 5, 10 and 15 years from now.

It is time to bring sustainability into the security equation: How sustainable is your security?