The Netherlands must prepare better for large-scale cyber attacks. This applies not only to the government, but also to companies and society as a whole. Such an attack can disrupt the country digitally, says the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) Monday in an opinion.
At the moment there would be too much "improvisation and gambling" if the Netherlands falls victim to a cyber attack, the advisory board states.
"With the increasing interaction between physical and digital, our economy, national security and normal social life are endangered in unforeseen ways. There can be huge damage and real casualties," the council concludes.
The Netherlands has done a lot in recent years to prevent attacks, the advisory body says, but attacks can never be ruled out completely. And what needs to be done to limit the damage is not given enough thought: "The preparation for a digital disruption hardly gets any attention."
For example, governments, organizations and companies do not have a clear picture of the parties on whom they depend. Moreover, the government has no clear powers to intervene.
"112 failure showed how unprepared the Netherlands is"
In the conversation with the AD , a spokesperson mentions the 112 failure as an example. "It illustrates the enormous interdependence, in this case between the provider KPN, software companies that deliver to KPN and the emergency number, but it also shows how poorly prepared we were."
During the 112 failure, the emergency number was unavailable for some time and three relapse systems failed.
According to the WRR, networks and suppliers must be properly mapped and it must subsequently become clear whether more relapse options must be added. In addition, there must be a claim for damage caused by cyber attacks, because insurers often do not reimburse such attacks.
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