‘Government must do more to protect cybersecurity in the to stimulate companies’

‘Government must do more to protect cybersecurity in the to stimulate companies’

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The government must more actively enforce companies to their digital security is in good order. The business community should be more aware of are that it is a duty of care, which also embraces the fact that software and equipment is safe to continue.

That sets the Cyber Security Council (CSR) Wednesday in a proposal to the government. The Council, an advisory body with members from industry, government and science, is publishing Wednesday a ‘toolkit’ of guidelines for companies.

In the guide are companies called for the careful handling of personal data, the secure of the private systems and the continuous updating of equipment that is sold to customers.


“Companies often take simply no responsibility,” says Lokke Moerel about the current situation. Moerel is professor of ICT law at Tilburg University and a lawyer with Morrison & Foerster, and served as a member of the CSR involved in the drafting of the guide.

She points out that companies can be held liable for defects in products, and software vulnerabilities under attack. “If Volkswagen key with which the car remote can open and who can be hacked, then productaansprakelijkheidsregels just apply,” says Moerel against

The government should, according to her, in particular companies from the different sectors bring together and encourage self-regulation. The Council warns that companies need to prepare for that damage, after data breaches more and more on them will be recovered.

That is a good development, allows Moerel. “If you have to have the Authority provide to the Authority Consumer and Market than we save it.” The organisations have, according to her not enough capacity to the many data breaches today come to light to treat.”

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