The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Netherlands, Flanders, and Virginia Agree to Collaborate on Cybersecurity

The Netherlands, Flanders, and Virginia signed a memorandum of understanding Friday to work with each other more to bolster cybersecurity.

Representatives from the Hague Security Delta; LSEC, an international IT and information security cluster in Flanders; the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority signed the agreement to focus on cybersecurity research and development as well as international business cooperation.

The agreement was part of the extended program of the joint Dutch-Flemish economic mission to Atlanta. A delegation of 30 Dutch and Flemish companies from the security industry and representatives of Northern Virginia businesses involved in security-related industry sectors attended the event, in addition to Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer and Guido Landheer, the Dutch deputy vice minister for Foreign Trade.

During the event, 12 Dutch and Flemish business owners pitched their companies to their American counterparts, some of which included Arthur’s Legal, CSI Tools, Cybersprint, GuardSquare, HackerOne, Innovation Quarter, Intrinsic ID, Innovalor, LSEC, Onegini, Secure IT and Ticto.

The companies were given the opportunity to network during a luncheon after the signing ceremony, which, according to Ambassador  Schuwer, was the “last official act of a very successful trade mission.”