U.S., Netherlands Partner on Cybersecurity
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD) established active partnerships with cybersecurity organizations in 13 countries — including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Israel — and the European Union.

CSD also has a partnership in the Netherlands with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the country’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), part of the Ministry of Security and Justice.

The U.S.-Dutch research-and-development (R&D) partnership spans numerous years and encompasses a range of activities, capped most recently with the announcement of an $2.6 million funding opportunity that promotes the formation of joint U.S.-Dutch research teams.

The two research focus areas for the bilateral call are industrial control systems/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and distributed denial of service defenses. In all, the partners plan to fund up to five unified research proposals that detail a full program of work to be conducted by teams comprised of academia, industry and laboratory (U.S. only) researchers from both countries.

Interested U.S.-Netherlands cybersecurity research teams have until Aug. 31 to submit a combined proposal to their respective country’s participating organization.

“This bilateral call is a significant step forward in CSD’s partnership program with international cybersecurity organizations,” said Douglas Maughan, CSD director. “We are excited because this first-of-its-kind funding will bring about cooperative partnerships between U.S.- and Netherlands-based researchers, bringing a truly global perspective to an international concern: the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and networks.”

This cooperative funding opportunity builds upon research projects previously conducted jointly by the two countries.

“With this joint call we reaffirm our joint mission to foster stronger research links between the Netherlands and the U.S. and strengthen collaboration between our nations’ best cybersecurity researchers. We can only address the challenges we face now and in the future by investing in our shared knowledge,” said Patricia Zorko, director of cybersecurity in the Ministry of Security and Justice.

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