Team “Smart Cities” won de CSR Challenge NCS3

August 31, 2016

Between August 22 and 26 advanced students, interested in the broad field of cybersecurity, attended the first National Cyber Security Summer School (NCS3). The Summer School welcomed 64 students in all relevant disciplines (Law, Criminology, Public Administration, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Health, Development, etc.). Twenty lecturers from public, private and academic institutions took the students through many different aspects of cyber security, viewed from different disciplinary angles. The program consisted of five days at five different locations. Students were enthusiastic about the well balanced program (presentations, demonstrations, assignments), learned a lot in multidisciplinary perspective. When asked they highly recommended other students to participate in next year’s NCS3.

The CSR Challenge

In addition to  following lectures, participants also competed in groups to formulate an advice for the Cyber Security Council of the Netherlands, related to the security of the Internet of Things. Seven groups were supervised by experts in the field of cybersecurity coming from governments organizations, companies, and universities. Their challenge was to draft a policy recommendation and present this on the last day of the NCS3. They were assessed by an independent jury consisting of four experts in the complementary fields of cybersecurity knowledge, application, business and policy, i.e. from Delft University, Radically Open Security, Nederland-ICT, and the Ministry of Security and Justice. The jury was impressed with the quality of both recommendations and policy pitches. The “Smart Cities” team was announced to be the winner. This team gets the opportunity to present their advice to the Cyber Security Council the 29th of September and will be offered internship opportunities at one of several organizations.


The winning “Smart Cities ” team with Mrs Tineke Netelenbos. Back row: Wouter Sebel, Alice van Bovenkamp, Robert Johan da Costa, Navid Kamalzadeh, Hendrik Bruno Weijenborg, Matthijs Maas, Philip van Klompenburg. Front row: Tineke Netelenbos, Guillaume Dupont, Dayana Yancheva, Joanna van der Merwe, and Yuta Takano.

The NCS3 was an initiative of the Dutch Cyber Security Council (CSR) and was organized by dcypher with the support from CGI Group, Nederland-ICT, TNO, the National Cyber Security Centre, Leiden University, TU Delft, and several other organizations.

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