Recap: High-Level Meeting on Cybersecurity

May 17, 2016

As part of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a two-day meeting of senior civil servants was held on the subject of cybersecurity. On Thursday, State Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff opened the conference by talking with a robot on opportunities and risks associated with cybersecurity. On 12 May, over 30 private parties signed a Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure Manifesto, an initiative of Rabobank and the CIO Platform. By concluding this manifesto, the private parties have committed themselves to introducing a policy on responsible disclosure. The High-Level Meeting consisted of various plenary sessions and interactive focus sessions on such topics as standardisation of hardware and software, responsible disclosure and education (as a means of responding to new trends, such as ‘the internet of things’), interconnectivity, and the increasing complexity of IT products and services and our growing dependence on them. Public-private partnerships are essential for formulating a broad, effective response to current and future cyber threats. To conclude the meeting, an infographic depicting highlights of the two-day meeting was presented by Patricia Zorko, the Director of Cybersecurity at the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, to her Slovakian counterpart, Dusan Spac, the Director of the Slovak National Security Authority. (Slovakia will succeed the Netherlands as holder of the EU Presidency.) The infographic can be found here. http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/news/2016/05/13/recap-high-level-meeting-on-cybersecurity