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Tech want to help protect Dutch elections

Tech want to help protect Dutch elections

Various tech and security companies offer the government their assistance to the upcoming parliamentary elections secure.

Companies such as KPN, Deloitte and the Foundation Digital Infrastructure (DINL) inform the coming months through the initiative ‘Safe Elections’, people and expertise available to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reports the Financial times.

The NCSC gives the government advice on cyber security. “The risks are substantial and there is every reason to dijkbewaking to increase. The risk of storms is great”, says Michiel Steltman, director of DINL, about the general election on 15 march.

“We want our social responsibility by a group of experts and our knowledge in the service of something as essential as elections,” says Deloitte director, Cybersecurity Inge Philips.

Russian hacks

The proposal follows after the well-publicized hacks during the American presidential elections. It is suspected that Russia is behind cyber-attacks sat, with as goal the results of the elections to influence.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders said previously “very alert” to be on Russian cyber-attacks. “I’ve got no concrete evidence for, but I’m not naive,” said Koenders.

The NCSC respond positively to the offer of the companies. Political parties have to decide what to do with the offer, the NCSC gives only advice. “We are with them in conversation to see what their need is,” said the centre.

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