Bird & Bird NL partner at successful Cyber Security Week in The Hague

By Gerrit-Jan Zwenne, Ard Jan Dunnik, Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa


Earlier this month, the Cyber Security Week took place in The Hague. This event was organised by The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and hosted more than 30 workshops, network events, lectures and demonstrations in the field of cyber security. It was hosted in the same week of the Global Conference on Cyber Space 2015 (GCCS2015), bringing more than 100 international delegations to The Hague. Key industry participants included Cisco, HP, Dell, Nokia and several other interesting parties.

As a result of the efforts of Marc van Wijngaarden, IP Partner in the Netherlands, the Dutch team was given the opportunity to hold a successful workshop on 'A lawyer's perspective on a cyber security event' on the HSD campus in The Hague. Both national and international professionals from companies and organisations, such as Microsoft, TNO, Fox-IT, Rabobank, Leiden University and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, took the opportunity to learn more about Cyber Security & the Law & Cyber Insurance.

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne, partner and head of the Data Protection team in the Netherlands, and Ard Jan Dunnik, associate, hosted the interactive workshop, where they showcased a cyber security incident and discussed how to react to such an attack with the participants. Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, partner and head of the Dispute Resolution team in the Netherlands, subsequently followed up on liability for cyber security incidents and on cyber security insurance - an emerging market.

Gerrit-Jan commented:

"Companies and governmental institutions with vital functions in our society, such as the supply of energy, water, telecom, transport, etc., will particularly face severe practical and legal consequences from such a security incident. Therefore, it is of vital importance for them to know what one should do and in which order. We gave our audience guidance and a checklist on how to deal with issues like such a security incident."