European Cyber Security Perspectives 2017


Effective cybersecurity has never been more important, nor were the threats to confidentiality, integrity and availability never sharper than today, where weaknesses in information security leads to geopolitical instability, according to the fourth edition of the ‘European Cyber Security Perspectives’ which was published today.

The fourth edition of this report contains the expertise of a record number of parties, such as the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Police, Bits of Freedom, Europol, Deloitte, ID Quantique, Philips, Accenture, Check Point, GSMA, TNO, PWC, Zimperium, Kaspersky and KPN.

Today we see old vulnerabilities show up in new technologies, and hardware and software vendors are not held to account to ensure their safety. Therefore the capability of the security industry to prevent, detect, and respond is minimal. To successfully combat cybercrime, intensive collaboration and sharing knowledge and experience is necessary, now more than ever.

The report looks back at the developments in the past year with a summary of the annual Cyber Security Assessment in the Netherlands in 2016 by the NCSC. It discusses various forms of cybercrime, including phishing. It also examines the various threats in e-mail, insider threats, targeted attacks on devices and the opportunities and threats of Internet of Things. And what is the role of humans when it comes to cyber security? After all, no matter how well you technically protect yourself, if someone clicks the wrong link, you are powerless.

In 2016 KPN was the most exploited brandname in phishing emails from criminals in The Netherlands. In the article "SafeMail @KPN‘ Michel Zoetebier, Eva Kelder and Ruud Leurs explain what steps have been taken within the company to ensure that secure e-mails can be sent and receivers recognize correct emails from KPN.

In the article "My First Golang Project?” Bouke van Laethem of KPN discusses how you can use interesting information of the attacker against the attacker. The 2017 report contains many more interesting articles, including articles on DDoS, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and Ransomware.

About the European Cyber Security Perspectives 2017

The European Cyber Security Perspectives is a partnership of the Dutch National Police, the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre and a number of companies including KPN. KPN brought the parties together and published the report. The idea is that collaboration and knowledge is essential in the field of cybersecurity. The purpose of the report is to share this knowledge. The entire Cyber Security Perspectives 2017 report can be found

Previous editions can be downloaded here: Edition 3, Edition 2, Edition 1