Dutch Launch National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Friday, January 13, 2012



The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) commenced operations on 1 January 2012. The opening of the NCSC constitutes an important step in strengthening the resilience of Dutch society against IT disruptions.

The centre focuses on developing and offering expertise and advice, supporting and implementing responses to threats or incidents and strengthening crisis management.

GOVCERT.NL, the former Computer Emergency Response Team of the Dutch government, will be incorporated in the new centre. The NCSC will start work on expanding its services on the basis of this solid foundation.

The NCSC is a public-private partnership and has the ambition to grow, in a phased manner, into the cooperation platform for cyber security in the Netherlands. Initially, the NCSC will focus on shaping the closer cooperation between the various agencies of the central government.

In addition to the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are also participating in the NCSC.

Other important public cooperation partners include the AIVD, the police, the Public Prosecution Service and the NFI. Cooperation takes place in the shape of jointly set up programs. Liaisons from the various parties will also be placed at the centre.

The National Cyber Security Strategy, which was adopted in February 2011, recommends an integral approach be assumed in the fight against disturbances in the digital infrastructure. Said integral approach will be shaped and elaborated in the NCSC.

Substantial start

As soon as the public parties are firmly embedded in the NCSC, the cooperation will expand to include the private parties. Initially, the vital sectors, such as telecoms and energy provision, will be approached for this purpose.

Within the vital sectors, disruptions in the IT structure can lead to a breakdown of society, for which reason this sector will be prioritized by the centre. In 2012, a total of seven vital sectors will be able to make use of the knowledge and products of the centre.

Public-private partnerships therefore form the basis of the centre. A substantial start has already been made as the ICT Response Board (in which experts of both the government and those of private parties participate and which is activated in the event of major threats and calamities) has now been placed with the NCSC. The cooperation will expand continuously from that basis.


Bringing together the knowledge and expertise of the government, the business community, universities and international contacts has resulted in an increasingly accurate picture of possible threats in the digital domain.

Currently, knowledge is still too fragmented across the digital community. Each party has its own piece of the puzzle of the knowledge and expertise in its possession, and it is up to the NCSC to collect each piece and complete the puzzle.

This will create an optimal picture of possible threats, and make it possible to implement precautionary measures and respond adequately to any incidents. The centre will make an important contribution to increasing national resilience by means of the integral approach and the unique shape of the cooperation.

Source:  https://www.ncsc.nl/english/current-topics/news/the-national-cyber-security-centre-ncsc-bundles-knowledge-and-expertise.html

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