The Ministry of Defense is stepping up the fight against cyber attacks. In addition to investing more in fighting off cyber attacks, the Ministry also wants to deal with perpetrators more publicly as recently happened after a thwarted espionage attempt by the Russians on the OPCW in The Hague, ANP reports.
Stef Blok, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, wants to make safety "the backbone of Dutch foreign policy". He particularly plans to focus on cybersecurity, he said in a memo on his strategy for the coming years sent to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, NOS reports.
A massive 75 percent of Dutch people have little to no worries about cyber security at their work place, though many do take measures for digital protection at home, according to a National Cybersecurity Awareness Study that Alert Online published on Monday. The study's release coincides with the launch of Alert Online's annual cybersecurity campaign, NU.nl reports.
The modified version of Blackboard software used by the University of Amsterdam contains major security vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited by cyber attackers, according to two students at the university who researched this as part of their studies, NU.nl reports.
According to students Bram ter Borch and Auke Zwaan, they shared these vulnerabilities with the university's IT department in May last year, but the department did not do enough to fix the problems. So the students decided to make their findings public.
Google parent company Alphabet turned heads last week with the announcement of a sleek new smartwatch from its life sciences subsidiary Verily. Though not planned for the consumer market, the Verily Study Watch will be part of a joint research project between the firm and Radboud University in Nijmegen to examine the effect of multiple factors on the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
The number of DDoS attacks grew by 35 percent over the first quarter of 2015, according to the Akamai State of the Internet Report. Over the course of the last year, the number of attacks has doubled.
Most companies do not invest enough in their cyber security, writes the consultancy company KPMG in their Cybersecurity Benchmark report. Only 40 percent of companies listed on the Euronext Amsterdam and its Index Midkap handle the issue on the top executive level, the company notes.
Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are working on technology that can protect data from the immense power anticipated of quantum computers, expected to begin appearing around 2025. Supercomputers will have the potential to jeopardize sensitive data because their decryption capacity will likely surpass that of current encryption techniques.