Cybersecurity in the boardroom

Cybersecurity is here to stay. Digital systems and automated workings are no longer part of our society. And that has far-reaching consequences for the 'digital security' of that society. Cybersecurity is therefore about the digital security of - parts of - society. And that means that every company and every part of the government must ask itself the question: how dependent is the company on the digital working environment? What risks does the company run and what measures have been taken?

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Cyber Security Council and the Scientific Council for Government Policy

This means that cyber security should be a regular topic of discussion in the boardroom, and that there should be a separate budget for it. This is also argued - and rightly so - by the Cyber Security Council (CSR ). The Cyber Security Council is a national and independent advisory body of the government and the business community. Earlier, in 2019, another advisory body - the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) - also warned to prepare society for digital disruption.

Cybersecurity QuickScan 

Enough warnings. What can you do? Ploum's Cybersecurity team would be pleased to help carry out a QuickScan and explore the possibilities in the field of cybersecurity - both preventatively and in the event of an incident. The company can then move as concretely as possible from the technology and the legal rules and possibilities to a clear strategy for your company's boardroom.

Shareholders, regulators and stakeholders

Businesses are increasingly required to have thought about cybersecurity. Whether they are regulators, shareholders, interest groups, customers or suppliers. Cybersecurity is by no means only about 'ransomware', it is about the continuity of the company. And that can also relate to, for example, keeping and safeguarding company secrets and the strategy in the field of R&D. If such matters are leaked or reach the competition, this can have major consequences for the company and its reputation.


In cybersecurity - where most terms actually come from - the term 'cyber resilience' is often used. In this context, this can best be translated as 'cyber resilience'. Wondering what you can do about the cyber-resilience of your company? Please contact our team.


Cybersecurity incidents, such as a hack/ransomware attack, often involve the loss or temporary unavailability of personal data. Consequently, there may be a 'data breach', which in principle must be reported to (among others) the Dutch Data Protection Authority (“Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens”) soon. Our privacy team is happy to assist. Our team can also assist in drafting a sufficient data breach protocol. Here you can read more about our privacy/data protection experts and in which types of matters they can assist.

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