Joining forces for a resilient cyber world!

The CISO community provides a platform for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and cybersecurity professionals in the Netherlands. By bringing together the top talents in the sector, we will be able to share knowledge, exchange experiences, and work together with the ultimate goal of increasing cyber awareness and cyber resilience in a quick-moving digital world.

Why do we need a CISO community?

Cyber-attacks can have far-reaching consequences. Even a minor privacy breach can jeopardize a company’s survival, due to legal consequences and negative media attention.

Meanwhile, digitization continues at full speed, and companies have to evolve just as fast. This is causing a shift in leaders’ opinions on security – and a corresponding change in thinking about the CISO’s role.

Over the years, the CISO role has grown and matured fast under the CIO’s wings and is now starting to stand on its own two feet by reporting directly to the board. The role can be demanding and requires professionals to combine hard and soft skills to meet requirements from many parties. Looking at all these challenges, a network of cybersecurity professionals can be extremely helpful.

Therefore, we are creating a dedicated CISO community. Our community aims to reposition cybersecurity in the boardroom, contribute to knowledge development, stimulate the conversation between relevant stakeholders, and create a cybersecurity domain ecosystem that helps security providers shape their roadmaps.

On this platform, we will expand the successful Highly Resilience Organizations (HRO) program, which relies on organizations operating at the highest cybersecurity level. We are also working on setting up an annual CISODAY, which will include the election of the CISO of the Year. In addition, a members-only environment will be created to exchange tips and knowledge securely.

By bringing together the top talents in cybersecurity, we aim to share knowledge, provide tools, and work together to accelerate the shift to a more secure digital world.

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CISO positioning & governance

Leadership is essential to developing effective cybersecurity strategies and policies. Organizations need to rethink and future-proof their cyber operating models and governance structures.

Talent & skills

The cybersecurity sector needs to address workforce shortages, but it also has an opportunity to accelerate the development of essential skills. ‘Old and wise’ experts can collaborate with ‘young and ambitious’ professionals. This group includes anything that helps build a resilient talent pool.

Competencies

The CISO’s role is broad. Technical knowledge and management skills for operations and business are essential, as are personal competencies such as soft skills, communication skills, leadership, and stakeholder management. “Infinite game skills” and a stoic mindset are useful as well.

Business continuity

Essential to ensure the resilience and operational integrity of an organization after a cyber attack or other disruption, business continuity involves preparation for and restoration of business operations. The integration of offensive and defensive cyber models and strategies is important here.

Innovation

New technologies, strategies, and ways of thinking to improve security and stay proactive are the focus here. These are crucial to the evolution and effectiveness of cybersecurity, given rapid technological advances and the ever-changing nature of threats.

Technology

Technology plays an essential role in cybersecurity. Cyber threats are evolving rapidly. Areas of technology that are fundamental to the protection of information systems and infrastructure is the focus of his group.

“The digital transition could pose a threat to our society. With more processes being online, our attack surface increases too.”

Recent articles

Jeroen Schipper is CISO of the Year 2024

Jeroen Schipper is CISO of the Year 2024

Jeroen Schipper, CISO at the Municipality of The Hague, won the CISO of the Year 2024 Award last night. He owes the award to his transformational role and his holistic and inclusive approach to cybersecurity. His contributions to the professionalization of the CISO profession and his role as an active representative of the city of The Hague in cybersecurity matters were also taken into consideration.

CISO of the Year Award special with Floor van Eijk

CISO of the Year Award special with Floor van Eijk

In this last episode, we talk to Floor van Eijk, CISO at NN Group, and nominated for the CISO of the Year Award 2024. Other guests are jury member Job Voorhoeve (Amrop) and CISODAY partners Boudewijn van Lith (Proofpoint) and Thijs Timmerman (KPMG).

CISO of the Year Award special with Jan Joost Bierhoff

CISO of the Year Award special with Jan Joost Bierhoff

In this episode, we talk to Jan Joost Bierhoff, Global CISO at Heineken, and nominated for the CISO of the Year Award 2024. Other guests are jury member Madelein van der Hout (Forrester) and CISODAY partners Marijn van Overveld (Noesis) and Daan Hakkert (IBM).

CISO of the Year Award special with Jeroen Schipper

CISO of the Year Award special with Jeroen Schipper

In this episode, we talk to Jeroen Schipper, CISO at Gemeente Den Haag, and nominated for the CISO of the Year Award 2024. Other guests are jury member Madelein van der Hout (Forrester) and CISODAY partners Vincent van Kooten (Netskope) and Mark van Leeuwen (Okta).

CISO of the Year Award special with Lies de Wit

CISO of the Year Award special with Lies de Wit

In this episode, we talk to Lies de Wit, CISO at Stater, and nominated for the CISO of the Year Award 2024. Other guests are jury member Job Voorhoeve (Amrop) and CISODAY partners Ivo van Bennekom (PwC) and Hans van den Boomen (CheckPoint).

CISO of the Year Award special with Pieter van Houten

CISO of the Year Award special with Pieter van Houten

In this first episode, we talk to Pieter van Houten, CISO at SHV, and nominated for the CISO of the Year Award 2024. Other guests are jury member Madelin van der Hout (Forrester) and CISODAY partners Mike Remmerswaal (Netskope) and Mark van Leeuwen (Okta). The host is Rob Beijleveld.

“The CISO is no longer just a necessary evil”

“The CISO is no longer just a necessary evil”

Last month, during Amrop’s Global Digital Practice Quarterly Online Event "The evolution of the CISO role: CISO as a business enabler" we heard from and spoke to Harvey Ewing, CISO turned CIO, who is now again a CISO at Radial Inc., and to Dimitri van Zantvliet, CIO...

“Become the enabler, not the blocker”

“Become the enabler, not the blocker”

A great CISO is one who can embrace innovation and new business goals, but at the same time, knows how to create awareness about security risks, says Luisella ten Pierik, CISO of regional grid operator for electricity and gas Stedin and manager of their CIO Office.

Zero Trust: how do I make it concrete?

Zero Trust: how do I make it concrete?

Every year, numerous research and consultancy firms come up with all kinds of overviews of strategic trends in IT and cybersecurity. Invariably, Zero Trust is part of these lists, with definitions along the lines of “don’t just trust anything, but verify”. But how exactly should you go about this as a CIO, CISO, or IT manager?

Pre-registration for the online CISO community portal


CISO community Nederland provides a platform for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and cybersecurity professionals in the Netherlands. By bringing together the top talents in the sector, we will be able to share knowledge, exchange experiences, and work together with the ultimate goal of increasing cyber awareness and cyber resilience in a quick-moving digital world.

This summer we will launch an online portal for members of the CISO community Nederland. A secure environment where CISOs can learn, share knowledge, network with peers, and have access to all essential information gathered in one central location. Pre-register now and show your interest in becoming part of the CISO community Nederland and help increase cybersecurity maturity in The Netherlands. You can choose your membership profile once the online portal is live.

We will keep you posted on the progress of the online portal after receiving your pre-registration.

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