With hacking attacks, breaches, and data leaks becoming more and more severe, digital security has already become one of the most critical trends to consider in the upcoming years. From a tight-on-budget small startup to large corporations with large fortunes – all of those are heavily investing in the cybersecurity of their digital assets, and not without reason.
According to SonicWall's 2022 Cyber Threat Report
, almost every category of cyberattack increased in volume throughout 2021. As compared to recent years, in 2021 attacks on networks increased significantly, including ransomware, cryptojacking, vulnerability exploitation, phishing, and other attacks, hitting organizations across different industries all around the world.
In terms of what companies are most worried about, the top priorities have been taken by the following cyber threats:
- Phishing attacks (77%)
- Ransomware (73%)
- Data breaches (68%)
- Business email compromise (63%)
- Employee data breaches (56%)
Talking about the Netherlands, the country has extremely strong information technology capabilities, anchored by a robust digital infrastructure. In 2021, the Dutch urged to invest €833 million in cybersecurity
, the Cyber Security Council (CSR) said. With over 98% of households having a broadband connection, the Netherlands has become a leading cybersecurity hub in Europe and home to Europe's largest security cluster, the Hague Security Delta (HSD).
Therefore, prioritizing the cybersecurity field, accelerating the adoption and use of the latest security approaches and technologies, and heavily investing in the country's networks, information systems, private sector, and public services are essential for any company or institution operating in the Netherlands.
In this article, we'll discuss the most notable cybersecurity incidents in the Netherlands, analyzing the real-case experience of companies, and the cases and outcomes of each. As a business owner, you'll be able to identify the most common reasons for system breaches, how to act when faced with similar cases, and insights on how to secure your digital assets from being hacked online.
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