The Netherlands has secured its spot as Europe\u2019s top cybersecurity hub, with thousands of companies working to develop cybersecurity technology and a supportive legal and regulatory framework based around the 2013 National Cyber Security Strategy 2.\n\nThere are more than 400 cybersecurity companies in The Hague alone, and more than 6,000 IT companies working on security-related technology in the country, according to the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. The crowded market has resulted in a rich ecosystem of collaboration and innovation, as cybersecurity companies explore new ways to apply emerging AI, automation, analytics and collaboration technology that business leaders can\u2019t afford to ignore.\n\nThe COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digitisation, as businesses shut their doors and millions in the Netherlands were suddenly working from home, far from the secured networks of their usual workplaces. The situation has exacerbated cybersecurity risks.\n\n\u201cThe main way we predict cybersecurity will develop over the next few years is a direct result of the acceleration of digitalisation,\u201d said Pieter Jansen, CEO of Cybersprint, based in The Hague. \u201cMore features, channels, and usability cause organisations\u2019 attack surfaces to grow at a rapid pace. Consequently, IT teams are challenged to keep track of an increasing number of digital assets, while also being responsible for maintaining the security and incident prevention.\u201d\n\nCybercriminals took advantage of the opportunity to access confidential and valuable data with large-scale cyberattacks targeting hundreds of Dutch enterprises and a 93% increase in ransomware attacks this year alone. The Kaseya \u201cmega attack\u201d combined ransomware and supply chain attacks and impacted Dutch IT companies like VelzArt and Hoppenbrouwers, and the data breach at car-services company RDC made the sensitive personal data of millions of Dutch car owners available on a notorious hacker forum.\n\nThe devastating 2021 SolarWinds trojan attack, meanwhile, left over 18,000 organisations worldwide scrambling to secure their assets. As every part of society continues to move into the digital sphere, there\u2019s no end in sight to cyberattacks, and companies need to be vigilant about choosing innovative security tools.\n\n\u201cCyberthreats continue to evolve rapidly, in part by an increasingly polarised and tense geopolitical stage. Ransomware, democratic influence, espionage, and economic theft are among the most notable rapidly-evolving threats,\u201d says Joep Gommers, founder and CEO of Amsetrdam-based EclecticIQ. \u201cIntelligence-led cybersecurity strategies have become the de-facto standard in combating these threats, ensuring that cybersecurity efforts align with threat reality.\u201d\n\nIt\u2019s never too late for business leaders to start integrating cybersecurity protocols into their everyday operations. \u201cStart with basic principles and build from there. Empower employees that already have knowledge about this and get them the budget and people they need to make the company more secure,\u201d advises Erik Ploegmakers, CEO of Amsterdam-based ZeroCopter. \u201cDon't try to reinvent the wheel, but find help where needed. And last but definitely not least: security is a mindset, lead by example.\u201d\n\nHere are six innovative companies offering cybersecurity technology in the Netherlands today:\n\nZerocopter\n\nFounded: 2014\n\nHeadquarters: Amsterdam\n\nCEO: Erik Ploegmakers\n\n Zerocopter uses the brainpower of over 3,000 researchers that find, validate, and vet threat information and share it to a user-friendly platform where business leaders can communicate directly with the ethical hackers who identified risks. Zerocopter innovates by enabling companies to create a threat disclosure programme, so any vulnerabilities that are found can be reported and addressed efficiently by your security team, without the need to set up your own security infrastructure.\n\n\u201cWe see a shift from companies needing to have security controls in place for compliance reasons to those that truly want to be secure,\u201d Ploegmakers says. \u201cThere is less need for formal and extensive reports (that have too often been ignored), since enterprises prefer fast, continuous, and actionable insights. Especially tech companies actually care about building their products in a secure way from scratch and need help with that, rather than trying to fix things when it's already too late. This relates well with our business model, which is to connect these enterprises with the best hackers and have them work together as efficiently as possible.\u201d\n\nEclecticIQ\n\nFounded: 2014\n\nHeadquarters: Amsterdam\n\nCEO: Joep Gommers\n\nEclecticIQ\u2019s Intelligence Center pipeline combines automated data processing and human-powered threat analysis. Data collection is automated, with incoming data prioritised and contextualised. The data is consolidated in a diverse array of formats to foster collaboration, and team members can work together to investigate threats from a collaborative workspace. The Analyst Workbench features graphical link analysis and advanced search queries. In 2022, the company will launch a new product designed for companies and organisations to not just understand and manage data about cyberthreats, but also detect and respond to them efficiently.\n\nGovernments, critical infrastructure, and enterprises have selected EclecticIQ as a security vendor, and the company was recently chosen to collaborate with the European Investment Bank as Europe implements a new version of the Network Information and Security Directive. \u201cWe are excited about the opportunity to support greater Europe\u2019s governments and critical infrastructure as they implement NIS2,\u201d Gommers says. \u201cTo strengthen the cybersecurity posture in Europe, we need to grow the ecosystem and have a plethora of strategically-independent technologies available in Europe. Shared goals, talent, start-ups and scaleups, intellectual property, capital, partnerships and communities are all critical dependencies of a successful ecosystem.\u201d\n\nCybersprint\n\nFounded: 2015\n\nHeadquarters: The Hague\n\nCEO: Pieter Jansen\n\nCybersprint\u2019s integrated AI monitors a company\u2019s brand, supply chain, infrastructure, and VIPs to report vulnerabilities in real time. The Digital Risk Monitoring Platform monitors and detects vulnerabilities not only across connected networks, but also on social media, mobile apps, the dark web, and IoT devices. The software protects companies\u2019 out-of-date or long-forgotten pages and servers from cybercriminals by sharing a summary of all publicly-accessible websites that are part of an organisation. The platform sets itself apart with AI supported by analyst interaction, machine learning, big data, and data visualisation techniques to report actionable insights to users. Among Cybersprint\u2019s clients are government agencies, financial institutions, insurance companies, and critical infrastructure organisations.\n\n\u201cWith the current trend of information being available on demand, organisations are in need of data that doesn\u2019t require their input, and is integrated into their existing processes. No matter whether it\u2019s on internal shadow IT, external supply chain risk, or anything in between,\u201d Jansen says. \u201cThis process requires a shift in perspective. Looking from within the organisation at \u2018what is out there\u2019 will inevitably lead to blind spots and weaknesses, and becomes impossible to do manually. That\u2019s why we see promise in two areas of development: scalability and automation. It\u2019s something we have embedded into our own processes and services as well: automate everything.\u201d\n\nLogSentinel \n\nFounded: 2017\n\nHeadquarters: Naarden\n\nCEO: Bozhidar Bozhanov\n\nLogSentinel is a security data and event management system to monitor and respond to threats in an organisation\u2019s digital assets. Its AI- and blockchain-powered service offers log privacy, audit log integrity, and unlimited retention: the integrity of the logs are ensured by blockchain-based cryptography, so entries are tamper-proof and can\u2019t be changed or deleted. LogSentinel uses behaviour analytics to identify and prevent insider threats, and all activities are fully traceable, so each user has a visible overview of actions.\n\nThe security information and event management system requires no set-up and uses an open-source agent, so it is flexible enough to work with any other security system. LogSentinel\u2019s team are specialists in regulatory technology to make sure that tools align with legal compliance requirements: cryptography makes evidence from the system usable in forensic investigations and court proceedings.\n\nCrayonic\n\nFounded: 2017\n\nHeadquarters: Eindhoven\n\nCEO: Peter Kolarov\n\nCrayonic\u2019s KeyVault is designed to guarantee a user\u2019s identity. The most popular use of the KeyVault is to provide Windows domain authentication for enterprises: instead of providing a password, users can just tap on the fingerprint sensor, which is connected by Bluetooth or the USB port, offering secure multi-factor authentication. Unlike an authentication app on your mobile device, which has the ability to run malware and can be exploited by cybercriminals, the KeyVault device operates completely offline and offers zero-knowledge identity proof that doesn\u2019t disclose unnecessary personal data.\n\nOther uses for the KeyVault include creating a signature for electronic documents, verifying a user\u2019s identity according to the FIDO2 standard for an operating system or browser, storing extremely sensitive documents or password managers, and generating one-time passwords.\n\nThe KeyVault also uses behavioural biometrics to provide what it calls \u201cproof of free will,\u201d meaning that the device confirms the user\u2019s identity as well as their intent to authenticate a transaction, so you know authorisations were not made accidentally or under duress.\n\nZivver\n\nFounded: 2015\n\nHeadquarters: Amsterdam\n\nCEO: Wouter Klinkhamer\n\nEmails, which contain immense amounts of sensitive information, are a common point for accidental data leakage as well as malicious cyberattacks. Zivver created an enterprise-grade communications platform designed to make sending emails, chatting, and transferring files more secure. The product stands out for an intuitive design that doesn\u2019t result in disruption for the user, unlike complicated encrypted email programmes \u2014 your team simply toggles on a slider in Outlook to move into secure email mode. The software scans for unusual behaviour in the content of emails, such as a note with confidential company data being sent to a personal contact, or sensitive personal information being sent to a brand-new contact. Every email is secured with asymmetric encryption that is ISO-certified, and users can opt in for 2-factor authentication for highly sensitive communications.\n\nZivver offers a range of original features, like the open conversation starter, which enables guest users within the secure email environment to start a dialogue with a registered Zivver user in any company. The product can also help users retrieve emails sent by mistake and share whether or not they have already been read. Zivver offers a file transfer size limit that is previously unheard of (up to a whopping 5TB), which is one of the reasons why the product is a favourite among healthcare companies in the Netherlands that need to share important medical images like X-rays at full definition.