On 3 October 2022, the European Cyber Security Week in the Netherlands kicked off with the launch of the annual Alert Online awareness campaign. In this campaign public-private partners such as the national government, municipalities, businesses, police and knowledge institutions participate and organise events to create cybersecurity awareness. During the kick-off event, a panel discussion took place and the results of the annual cybersecurity awareness survey ‘secure online’ were presented by Melle Conradie. The research was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK).
The key findings from the survey
- Knowledge about online risks is estimated to be similar to 2021 and 2020. Almost three quarters of the Dutch people consider their own knowledge reasonable to good.
- Phishing remains the most commonly experienced form of cybercrime. A third (32%) have experienced this themselves.
- As in 2021, help request fraud (13%) and malware (11%) complete the top three. Hacking (11%) follows shortly behind.
- Helpline fraud (13%) and hacking (11%) are mentioned more often than last year. These same three forms are also mentioned most often when asked what people think they might have to deal with.
European Cyber Security Month
It also is the 10th anniversary edition of the European Cybersecurity Month aiming to raise cyber awareness throughout Europe. It was launched by the European Commission Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas. This year's Cyber Security Month will be focusing on phishing and ransomware, with a series of activities taking place all over the EU throughout October. Read the press release.
Overview activities in NL
The cybersecurity activities and events organised in the Netherlands can be found on the Alert Online website. From 17 – 21 October the Cyber Security Week will also take place in the Hague including the ONE Conference, International Business Event, ECSO Cyber Investors Days. Don't miss out and register now!
Looking for practical tips to improve your cybersecurity? Visit:
- Read the KVK magazine 'Klik hier'
- Join the pubquiz Alert Online (competition for companies)
Also, participate in the election of the cybersecurity word of the year.