The Dutch delegation has arrived in San Francisco for the RSA Conference on cybersecurity.

By Linda van Rooij
Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco

You might associate cybersecurity with hackers, credit card fraud, or “The Matrix.” But if you own a phone or use a computer — who doesn’t? — you are dealing with cybersecurity every day.

From personal privacy to data protection, and from safely browsing the web to national defense technology, everything in a digital environment touches the topic of cybersecurity.

This week experts from all over the world will come together in San Francisco at the RSA Conference on cybersecurity. As one of the frontrunners in cybersecurity innovation, the Netherlands has a strong presence at RSA.

But 2020 marks a special year. For the first time there will be a Dutch pavilion at RSA, the Holland IT Security House, showcasing eight Dutch cybersecurity companies.

Dutch Pavilion

The Netherlands is a frontrunner in the fight for a safer digital environment, combining an innovative mindset with cutting-edge technology to take on the new challenges posed by an increasingly connected world, said Gerbert Kunst, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.

“The Netherlands believes that the internet and its underlying infrastructures should be secure, resilient, and available,” he said. “To create solutions for these security challenges, government, businesses, and universities work together on an integrated approach and outcome. The Netherlands and the United States share a deep bond founded on history and shared values rooted in strong beliefs of security, freedom, and justice. Cybersecurity is the next frontier.”

In addition to the eight companies in the Dutch pavilion, 14 other Dutch organizations — from renowned academic institutions like the University of Eindhoven to the Ministry of Defense itself — have traveled to San Francisco to take on the ever-changing world of cybersecurity.

“Radically Open Security is the world’s first not-for-profit computer security consultancy company,” said Anh Tran, who works for this revolutionary Dutch organization. “We believe RSA is a great opportunity to connect with other companies and partners, to share information about new developments in cybersecurity, and to spread information about our nonprofit business model.”

The Human Element

The theme of this year’s RSA, “The Human Element,” emphasizes the role of humans in a digital world, not only focusing on the way cybersecurity is used to protect humans, but also on the role of human labor in the increasingly hostile digital world. This human element of connection allows experts to map out cyber threats together, finding specific solutions for often complicated problems.

“Cybersecurity becomes more and more a political topic, whereby the national security is placed above the principle of an international free market,” said Nort van Schayik, business developer at the Dutch company Compumatica. “The challenges companies face today are so diverse and complicated that a tailor-made approach is required to fulfill their security needs.”

During RSA, the Dutch delegation will host two events that focus on this human element, as finding smarter solutions for societal problems is something the Netherlands does best.

“NL Talks: Cybersecurity – Impact on Geopolitics” will focus on a European perspective on responsibilities of government and industry. Keynote speaker is a former member of the European Parliament, Marietje Schaake, currently International Policy Director at Stanford Cyber Policy Center and President of the CyberPeace Institute.

Then at the first IoT Security Dialogue, TNO and CFLW will focus on “Building a Secure IoT Eco-System: Sector specific or agnostic?”

“For an innovation nation like the Netherlands, events like the RSA perfectly fit into the ambitious and committed vision of our tech institutions,” said Consul General Kunst. “Being a leader in the field of cybersecurity, the Netherlands gladly shares its expertise by forging valuable international connections, which brings us one step closer to solving some of the world’s most difficult cyber challenges. As a consulate general, we are more than happy to support such a mission, and of course very proud that the Dutch pavilion has become a reality.”

Read the mission booklet:

RSA 2020 Mission Booklet