Dutch Secretary of State Dijkhoff gives students lesson on cybersecurity

  • Awareness
  • 01/03/2017
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

As part of our ongoing roundup of Safer Internet Day 2017 celebrations across the globe, here we hear about lessons on cybersecurity delivered by the Dutch Secretary of State.

On Safer Internet Day, Secretary of State Dijkhoff of the Ministry of Justice delivered a guest lecture to students at the Newman College in Breda to make them aware of the importance of online security. And, in doing so, the Secretary of State gave the starting signal for the so called "Cyber Relay" of the Dutch campaign "Geef IT Door". During this Relay, several cyber security experts will give lessons at schools to pass on their knowledge and to motivate students for a career in IT as, for example, an ethical hacker or cyber security specialist. Students will also get a crash course in hacking.

With the digitalisation of our society, the extent of cybercrime is increasing. In some EU member states, computer crimes go beyond traditional crime. The demand for qualified cyber security specialists therefore is increasing rapidly. However, research shows that the interest of students for the wider field of ICT lags behind the demand.

With the public-private initiative Geef IT Door, this interest is stimulated. Geef IT Door links professionals and secondary schools, and these professionals then share their experiences with students on why a career in ICT is a good choice. Geef IT Door is an initiative of ECP, CIO Platform Netherlands, DINL, and Netherlands ICT, and is made possible by, among others, CA-ICT, dutch digitale delta, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) and the European eSkills 2016 campaign for jobs.

For further information, see geefitdoor.nl.

Find out more about Safer Internet Day in the Netherlands.

Find out more about the work of the Dutch Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.

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