Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) 2010 Report

Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) 2010 Report

In its 2010 annual report, the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) states that there is a serious risk of digital attacks on electronic networks in the country and that these attacks are expected to increase in number. It is therefore important that essential systems are adequately protected and that espionage and large-scale system failure can be prevented.

In 2010 the Service has identified a number of cyber espionage attacks and has informed relevant parties accordingly. The AIVD has developed an analysis method to help boost the resilience of companies and governments against this threat too.

The service´s annual report also states that there is a wide-spread lack of understanding of the value of information and how to assess what interests it may serve. People overestimate the safety and security of technical devices, such as the laptops and smartphones they use in their everyday work. Exchanging sensitive information over the telephone or by email always constitutes a risk, because such communications can pass through foreign communication hubs. And sometimes email messages sent from aforementioned portable devices are temporarily stored on foreign servers. Foreign intelligence services are eager to take advantage of such opportunities.
The AIVD works together with the government and trade & industry, within the framework of the National Cyber Security Strategy, for example, to safeguard the Netherlands against this risk.

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mercoledì 16 novembre 2011

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