23 April 2018
Cyber security dominated the news last year. Thanks to large-scale ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya and the WiFi leak Krack, it became even clearer to everyone that our digital society is vulnerable. Being able to defend your network and systems became increasingly more difficult, while it was apparent that setting up large scale attacks got easier and cheaper.
"The asymmetric nature of cybersecurity requires fundamental solutions that we can only achieve if we work together with each other instead of everyone acting on their own," says Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer at KPN. "That is why we are publishing the European Cyber Security Perspectives report today, in close collaboration with both national and international renowned organizations from the government, private sector, and universities."
Partners who contributed to the 2018 report are NCSC, Europol, the Dutch National Police and the Public Prosecution Office, Deloitte, Kaspersky Labs Benelux, Philips, Accenture, Checkpoint, Zimperium, PWC, ID Quantique, Bits of Freedom, Startmail.com, Eindhoven University of Technology, Radboud University, Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and KPN.
The digital resilience in the Netherlands is lagging behind the ever increasing threat. This became apparent from the Cyber Security Assessment 2017 published by the NCSC also discussed in this report. We see more cyber-attacks on a geopolitical level and even data leaks with a direct impact on our democratic processes. Last year vulnerable devices were exploited to conduct largescale DDoS attacks a number of times using botnets, which resulted in major disruptions.
A review of 2017 is incomplete without insights about WannaCry. Juan Sacco, hacker at KPN writes about his Red-Teaming and ethical work with Eternal Blue, the vulnerability used for WannaCry. Juan was the first to publish a clean exploit to help others mitigate it, and he explains in this article how he together with the KPN REDteam used this knowledge to prevent KPN get infected.
With this report we also take a look at what the future might have in store for us. For example, Tanja Lange, Professor of Cryptology at Eindhoven University of Technology, writes about the future of cryptography and the impact of quantum computers. Martijn van Lom, CEO of Kaspersky Labs Benelux, paints a picture of a time where robots are CEO’s and the implications this entails for security.
About the European Cyber Security Perspectives 2018 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 cooperation is essential in the field of cybersecurity. The purpose of the report is to share this cybersecurity knowledge. The entire Cyber Security Perspectives 2017 report can be found here.
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