The Hague University’s first ever Cyber Security Café took place recently, featuring an impressive panel of professionals from academic, governmental and corporate backgrounds.
By Alexandrea Wagenaar
The event comprised of a lecture on cross border investigations on cyber crime, a lecture on innovation in the “internet of things”, and a lively networking section afterwards.
Jaap Oerlemans, a researcher at the University of Leiden and The Netherlands Defense Academy, gave an informative presentation on the current challenges of international cyber crime investigations and possible solutions. Hans Henseler and Els de Busser acted as expert contributors, further elaborating and reacting on certain points.
Mr Oerlemans mentioned the difficulty of responding to the emerging threat of cyber criminality due to the lack of organisational capacity and training in the police and military, where the majority of training focuses on more “traditional” crime-fighting. The issue of anonymity and encrypted information also poses a considerable challenge, which has seen more creative problem-solving mechanisms.
This includes more widespread undercover investigations and thorough utilisation of public domain information. In The Netherlands, Mr Oerlemans explained, the police force may be granted special investigatory powers to allow infiltration of certain illegal organisations or criminal sectors on the “dark web”. However, this is very strictly regulated and requires express permission from a public prosecutor. A further challenge relates to determining jurisdiction over cyber crimes, where there is a lack of territoriality.
In the second part, Thomas Quillinan, Senior Researcher and Programme Manager at D-CIS Lab, enthusiastically discussed the multitude of security concerns arising from the surprisingly widespread disregard for data security. He referred to the leakage of data and current trend towards privacy infringement as “frightening”, and gave practical insights from his own work.
Kas Clark, Senior Researcher at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, spoke at length about governmental responses to the “internet of threats”, listing possible means of increasing the end user’s awareness of data safety. As a case study, he explained the Mirai botnet attack. He also discussed issues with conflicting interests preventing a higher level of security for customers, i.e. usability, functionality and costs. Marinus Marts and Wouter Hordijk gave feedback and input on this matter.
Overall, it was an excellent introduction to the field of cyber security. The speakers had a friendly, humorous interaction with the audience and the cheerful atmosphere lent itself to active conversation between students and lecturers.