According to heyData, a platform for experts in data security, the Netherlands turned out to be the best (read: the safest) boy in Europe when it comes to protection on the internet. At least in age groups. But still. Remarkable?
The outcome of that survey by heyData – or rather the comparison of a number of OECD studies – is all the more so when we compare other studies. Or just the everyday practice (the news): not so long ago it became clear how vulnerable a large number of companies were (and are) to the leak that Citrix announced. Not so long ago, the naivete of the Dutch was exposed by German hackers who see cases how easily data could be stolen via IoT somewhere. The GGD, a number of supermarket chains, go on and on. They were not in the news because of the thorough security against internet crime.
When we were all started by corona to work at home, it turned out that not everything had even started yet. So if heyData, with a competition all over Europe, determined who is the best boy in the class… Do you have to wonder how bad it is with the rest, or are we really not as bad as we think?
VakWereld’s own research (National Homework Survey 2020 and 2021) clearly showed that the ‘forced home workers’ often used their own PC or their own file sharing systems (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc.) Google drive, etc.) for storing (confidential) company information. Altogether about 25% stores that information quietly on a PC or their own ‘dropbox’, and is then convinced that that information is built up there. While almost 90% of the same systematic group knows and is aware of the fact that they work with knowledge data.
Cyber attacks remain a major attack for Dutch society, especially now that systems are becoming more interconnected, says Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg. According to him, the government should get a better idea of where weaknesses are in systems. That announcement doesn’t exactly reflect the belief that we’re doing very well, is it?
All the more so that this survey by heyData establishes that the Dutch are the best in terms of dangers and safe behavior on the internet. In particular, the age groups between 16 and 24 years and those between 55 and 74 years are very well aware of all these dangers, according to that study.
In a response, the experts platform said: “heyData evaluated the various results of the most recent OECD studies, combined them and used them to create a ranking. The OECD data is very accurate. A specific scope of work is not stated, but the surveys have been conducted annually since about 2003. heyData only used the most recent data from 2020 and 2021. We cannot give targets for the performance of the Netherlands. With the study, we could only make numbers speak. These figures say that the Dutch in these age groups are on the Internet than the population in other countries. Nothing more and nothing less.’
By the way: the Finns do the best overall in the intermediate group of 25 to 54 years. And let that be precisely the group that is normally the work within companies and most often performed.
John de Waard