About

The importance of digital security has become indispensable for the world we live in. The mission of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security is to strengthen the cyber resilience of public and private organisations that are themselves less equipped to deal with cyber threats. 

Cyber resilience represents the ability of organisations to recognise cyber threats and respond to them appropriately. The focus on cyber resilience stems from the observation that organisations will all have to deal with cyber incidents sooner or later and therefore need to focus not only on preventive measures, but also, for example, on detection and response.

In order to gain a better understanding of how to realise cyber resilience, our research focuses on three sub-areas:

  1. People: which behavioural and attitudinal aspects influence cyber resilience and how can organisations improve these aspects for cyber resilience?
  2. Organisation: which organisational aspects influence cyber resilience and how can organisations improve these aspects for cyber resilience?
  3. Technology: which technical aspects influence cyber resilience and how can organisations improve these aspects for cyber resilience?

Since its establishment in 2015, the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security has grown rapidly, and a great deal of practice-oriented research has been completed. We remain committed to sustaining previous successes and creating synergies between practice-oriented research, education and professional practice.

News

Onderzoek Raak Award
25 October 2022

Two THUAS studies nominated for RAAK award

General, Research

The RAAK award is the leading award in the Netherlands for practice-oriented research at universities of applied…
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Professor Rutger Leukfeldt
18 October 2022

Retrospective of the Cyber Resilience Symposium

Research

We look back at the Cyber Resilience Symposium, organised by the Cyber Security Centre of Expertise on 13 October 2022…
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Susanne van 't Hoff
21 June 2022

The CoECS in the picture: research projects of the research groups

General, Research

The research groups of the Cyber Security Centre of Expertise are running at full speed. Watch a series of videos below…
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Team

dr. Rutger Leukfeldt

dr. Rutger Leukfeldt

Professor Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

dr. Rutger Leukfeldt
Professor Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

Rutger is the lector Cybercrime & Cybersecurity at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and senior researcher of cybercrime and coordinator.

dr. Marcel Spruit

dr. Marcel Spruit

Professor Cyber Security and Safety

dr. Marcel Spruit
Professor Cyber Security and Safety

Marcel Spruit boasts many years of experience in information and cyber security. He is responsible for research into cyber security and the development of education.

dr. Pei-Hui Lin

dr. Pei-Hui Lin

Professor Risk Management & Cyber Security

dr. Pei-Hui Lin
Professor Risk Management & Cyber Security

Lector Risk Management & Cyber Security at the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security, The Hague University of Applied Sciences per May 2022. 

Ligaya Butalid

dr. Ligaya Butalid

Secretary Centre of Expertise Cyber Security

dr. Ligaya Butalid
Secretary Centre of Expertise Cyber Security

Ligaya Butalid is the manager of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security. With a background in health psychology she studied the importance of empathy in medical care. 

Emiel Kerpershoek

Emiel Kerpershoek

dr. ir. Pieter Burghouwt

dr. ir. Pieter Burghouwt

dr. ir. Pieter Burghouwt

Pieter Burghouwt is the senior lecturer of the HBO-ICT programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. 

dr. Susanne van ‘t Hoff – de Goede

dr. Susanne van 't Hoff - de Goede

dr. Susanne van 't Hoff - de Goede

Susanne van 't Hoff-de Goede is a criminologist and researcher in the Cybersecurity in SMEs research group. 

dr. ir. Marinus Maris

dr. ir. Marinus Maris

dr. ir. Marinus Maris

Marinus Maris is a senior lecturer in the HBO-ICT programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. 

Asier Moneva Pardo

Asier Moneva Pardo

Asier Moneva Pardo

He is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of the Human Factor in Cybercrime at the Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

Marco Romagna LLM MA

Marco Romagna LLM MA

Marco Romagna LLM MA

Marco Romagna is lecturer in ‘Legal and criminological aspects of cyber security’ and researcher for the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security within the Faculty of IT & Design.

Raoul José Notté MA MSc

Raoul José Notté MA MSc

Raoul José Notté MA MSc

Raoul Notté has a background in administrative and organisational science. He is a lecturer-researcher associated with the Cybersecurity in SMEs research group. 

Luuk Bekkers

Luuk Bekkers

Luuk Bekkers

Luuk Bekkers has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and criminology. 

Daniel Meinsma

Daniel Meinsma

Daniel Meinsma

Daniel is a member of THUAS’ HBO-ICT teaching staff. 

drs. Michelle Ancher

drs. Michelle Ancher

dr. Nicole van Deursen

dr. Nicole van Deursen

Sifra Matthijsse

Sifra Matthijsse

Joeri Loggen

Joeri Loggen

Céline Kreffer

Céline Kreffer

Maaike Vergeer

Maaike Vergeer

Saman Barjas

Saman Barjas

Michael Gilhespy

Michael Gilhepsy MSc.

Michael Gilhepsy MSc.

Mike joined the Haagse Hogeschool as a member of the HBO-ICT teaching staff in 2020. 

Merel van Leuken

Merel van Leuken

Merel van Leuken

Merel van Leuken studied Criminology and Applied Psychology. She obtained a master's degree in Investigative Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Maaike van der Wal

Maaike van der Wal

Jasmijn Boeken

Jasmijn Boeken

Bernard van der Helm

Bernard van der Helm

Taisiia Garkava

Taisiia Garkava

Taisiia Garkava

Taisiia is a Junior Researcher at the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security (CoECS) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) and a Junior Security Analyst at Darktrace.

Niek van Antwerpen

Niek van Antwerpen

Publications

Article

Information security education based on job profiles and the e-CF

The information security field requires standardised education. This could be based on generic job profiles and a standard competence framework. The question is whether this is possible and feasible.

Article

Cyber crises require anticipation and improvisation

The ransomware attack on Maastricht University (2019) and the wiperware attack on Maersk (2017) painfully demonstrated that major incidents cannot be prevented and can even turn into cyber crises.

Article

Leading a cyber incident response team

Jelle Groenendaal and Ira Helsloot present a model of cyber incident command that aims to support leaders by providing practical and applicable insights into decision-making under challenging conditions.
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Thesis

Secure Naming for Distributing Computing using the Condensed Graph Model

Implementing a distributed computation architecture has several basis functional requirements, such as load balancing, fault tolerance and security. The challenge is in how you manage these requirements as a...

Article

Cloud-Based Intelligence Aquisition and Processing for Crisis Management

Contemporary crisis management has to deal with complex socio-technical environments involving many interdependent elements. Many dependencies in such settings result in complex cascading processes that can...

Publicatie

Understanding cybercrime involvement: a quasi-experiment on engagement with money mule recruitment ads on Instagram

Some young Instagram users seem prone to making money through their bank cards and risk becoming involved in cybercrime online.