The Digital Resilience of the Netherlands. How do we protect our Dutch interests?

June 9, 2021

During this Virtual Round Table, Hester Somsen will discuss the recently publicized analysis “Threat Assessment of State Actors” and elaborate on the status of Dutch cyber resilience both in the public and private sector..

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule
  • Insight in the view of the NCTV on threats of national (digital) security
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Hester Somsen

Plv. Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid en Directeur Cybersecurity en Statelijke Dreigingen

Before Hester joined the NCTV, she worked for 23 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amongst others, she was responsible for the implementation and monitoring of our international security policy in the field of counterterrorism, cyber, hybrid threats and peace and crisis management operations. Hester was our ambassador in Beirut from 2013 to 2016 and worked in regions such as the Middle East, Africa, Central Europe and the Balkans.


The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism protects the Netherlands from threats that could disrupt Dutch society. Together with the partners within the government, the research community and the private sector, the NCTV ensures that the Netherlands’ critical infrastructure is safe and remains that way.


In collaboration with the AIVD and MIVD, the NCTV has published the analysis “Threat Assessment of State Actors”. In today's digital world, this analysis shows which national security interests (can) be harmed by state actors and how. On the basis of this analysis, Hester Somsen would like to discuss the threats we face, our Dutch interests at stake and the challenge of resilience.


16:55 hour | Dial-in Teams meeting
17:00 hour | Start Virtual Round Table
17:20 hour | Keynote Hester Somsen
17:50 hour | Discussion and Q&A
18:30 hour | End


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