Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands 2017: Digital resilience is lagging behind the increasing threat
The digital resilience of individuals and organisations is lagging behind the increasing threat. Government, business and citizens take many steps to increase digital resilience, but this is not happening fast enough. This is apparent from the Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands 2017 (CSAN 2017), which demissionary State Secretary Dijkhoff sent to parliament in June and which is being published in English today.
Dijkhoff states: The sense of urgency to invest in cyber security is growing in Dutch society. Nevertheless, we must continue to invest in knowledge and expertise to stay at the top level. That's why we talk to businesses, education and representatives from critical infrastructure. We need to work together to keep the Netherlands digitally safe and secure. This cyber security assessment confirms that everybody’s cooperation is needed to keep the fast digitizing world safe and secure. Companies, for example, by reserving funds to keep their networks safe and Dutch citizens by purchasing digital secure items."
Cyber crime continues to be a major point of attention. Cyber attacks are attractive for cyber criminals due to the high impact on society through the use of relatively limited resources. Also, the threat of state actors remains prominent. Over a hundred countries worldwide use digital means for espionage and perform digital attacks to influence democratic processes.
The growth of the Internet of Things creates opportunities but also cybersecurity risks. Many devices contain vulnerabilities which are not repaired by security updates. In this way, these devices can be abused for example to perform DDoS attacks. Also the strong dependence on a limited number of foreign providers of infrastructure services entails risks. Although major suppliers have the resources to prepare themselves better against attacks, the impact of a disruption is significant because many services depend on a small number of providers.
According to Dijkhoff the findings from the CSAN show that in the coming years investment in the digital resilience of the Netherlands should be increased. "In recent years, more funding in the budget of the Ministry of Security and Justice has been assigned to strengthen Dutch cybersecurity. For example, public-private cooperation has been strengthened and the approach to cybercrime and detection of digital threats has been intensified. Given the worrying picture of 2017, these actions and investments remain highly needed."
Watch the CSAN animation on Youtube.