Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp and Mayor of The Hague Jozias van Aartsen opened the Innovation Room at the Campus of The Hague Security Delta today. It is the place where The Netherlands shows its innovations in the field of cyber security to the world during the week that more than 100 international delegations visit The Hague for the Global Conference on Cyber Space. This afternoon KPN officially launched the Blackphone, which was recently named as one of 25 best inventions of 2014, on the Dutch market.
Henk Kamp: ““The Netherlands is a global leader in cyber security. We position our country as the Secure Digital Gateway to Europe and our businesses know how to convert threats into opportunities. At the Innovation Room it is shown how our internet security can be increased and the trust in our digital services can be strengthened through the use of smart innovations, while at the same time creating economic value and jobs. The government supports this development. In the past two years we invested in new cyber security innovations. This has led to the development of eight prototypes, of which six are showcased at the Innovation Room. These products show that a good cooperation between businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions makes it possible for the Netherlands to stay ahead of the competition.”
Jozias van Aartsen: “A free, open, and secure Internet is a prerequisite for democracy, freedom, innovation, and societal and economic growth. In the region of The Hague alone, more than 400 public and private parties cooperate within The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe. It’s therefore not without reason that The Hague, with the presence of these organisations, is Europe’s Cyber Security Capital.”
Cyber Security Week The Innovation Room is part of the Cyber Security Week, organised by the national security cluster The Hague Security Delta and its partners. The programme features more than 30 workshops, demonstrations, presentations, and debates and is the place for national and international professionals to experience how businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions work together in the Netherlands on innovations and knowledge creation in the field of cyber security. The ways the Netherlands invests in cyber security talent (access to talent) and the financing side of innovative ideas and start-ups (access to capital) are also shown.
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