ICS supports Cyberworkplace with new laptops

International Card Services (ICS) made a donation of three high-tech laptops and other devices to Cyberworkplace! ICS often receives devices that were confiscated from cyber-criminals such as fraudsters. Often, these devices are not returnable, which means that they often end up being piled-up in storage facilities.

Now that Cyberworkplace has received some of these devices, they will be put to better, ethical use. We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with ICS!

See ICS press release (in Dutch) below:

ICS steunt Cyberworkplace met nieuwe laptops

ICS heeft een aantal nieuwe laptops gedoneerd aan Cyberworkplace. Cyberworkplace is een non-profit initiatief uit Rotterdam om jongeren kennis en kunde bij te brengen over cybersecurity.  ICS ondersteunt dit initiatief, omdat het voorkomen en bestrijden van cybercriminaliteit ertoe leidt dat ook de online veiligheid van klanten van ICS toeneemt.

De Cyberworkplace is een collegegeld-vrij initiatief dat het tekort in cybersecurity-expertise op de arbeidsmarkt verkleint door jongeren 21e-eeuwse ICT-vaardigheden bij te brengen en relevante werkervaring op te laten doen.
De nieuwe laptops werden namens ICS overhandigd door Thijs Hollander, Investigator bij ICS. “Regelmatig ontvangt ICS producten die criminelen of fraudeurs hadden besteld, maar die tijdens het verzendtraject zijn onderschept. Om verschillende redenen kunnen deze producten niet altijd terug naar de oorspronkelijke eigenaar. Dat Cyberworkplace er nu gebruik van kan maken is veel beter dan ze laten verstoffen in een kast op ons kantoor.”
Naast deze donatie, gaat ICS kijken naar andere manieren van samenwerking met Cyberworkplace: “De mensen die kennis en kunde opdoen bij Cyberworkplace, zullen een bijdrage leveren aan betere en veiligere digitale toepassingen. Bij ICS weten we uit ervaring dat resultaten op het gebied van veiligheid nog beter worden als je samenwerkt. We denken daarbij bijvoorbeeld aan workshops van ICS medewerkers voor deelnemers aan Cyberworkplace.”

Cyberworkplace project funded by the RabobankRotterdamFonds

As a socially involved bank, Rabobank likes to help people and organizations achieve ambitions. After a successful application process, Cyberworkplace will receive an amount of € 4.840  from the RabobankRotterdamFonds.

The RabobankRotterdamFonds allows employees of Rabobank to form a sponsor team and invest in projects that improve, enrich and strengthen the environment within one of the following themes: banking for food, vital living and living environment, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

Cyberworkplace project is called “Become a cyber security expert” and will focus on creating a better working environment for our students, by providing the right software and materials they need to fully participate in the working process and be able to practice their hacking / programming skills. The focus of this project is on hacking and thus better protection of commonly used IoT products.

The project will be implemented in the first quarter of 2019.

On 9th of January 2019, at their office in Rotterdam,  Blaak 333, Rabobank employees (Carola Nederlof, Marcel de Groot, Marco van Oort, Albert Lavrijssen and Wilco Huysman) officially handed over the cheque to Cyberworkplace, represented by board member Ruud Jongejan and project manager, Nasya Handzhiyska.

Members of the RabobankRotterdamFonds sponsor team are also Sandra Jongenburger, Johan Gerdes and Peter Schröder.

About RabobankRotterdamFonds

RabobankRotterdamFonds supports local projects and activities in the municipality of Rotterdam, Capelle aan de IJssel, Schiedam and Vlaardingen that improve, enrich and strengthen the environment. Their goal is to make the city stronger.  More information about Rotterdam Rabobank fond.

About Cyberworkplace

Cyberworkplace is an off-beat initiative focusing on broadening the cyber security talent pool by offering training, internships, and jobs. Cyberworkplace attracts security talents such as gamers, hackers but also tech-savvy dropouts and helps them develop the skills they need for the 21st-century labor market.  More information about Cyberworkplace.

How a computer nerd with stage fright grew into a role model

An interview with Cyberworkplace founder Mary-Jo de Leeuw about her growth from a computer nerd to an influential infosec specialist. Featuring also, Cyberworkplace student Mohammed Charradi: ‘Behind the laptop, I learn more than at school’

“I’m not smart on paper,” says Mohammed Charradi (16)… “The education system does not suit people like us, especially with autism.”

Mohammed Charradi © Jan de Groen

Read more at AD (Dutch only)

Cyberworkplace – Turning Over a New Leaf

Cyberworkplace is accepting three new board members into its team: Mira Golsteyn, Ruud Jongejan, and Theo Sinnema. All of them are acquainted with the world of IT and cyber security, and each of them also has a unique skill-set which will complement Cyberworkplace beautifully.

Ruud Jongejan, a true “Rotterdammer” works in the area of cyber security and privacy, and he is highly motivated to help young people immerse themselves in this world.



Mira Golsteyn is a senior manager with over twenty years’ experience in operations and IT management. She delivers results and is passionate about security, quality, and compliance.



Theo Sinnema, a believer in bringing out the best in individuals with integrity and clarity, works as a Senior Project Manager in the field of risk and security.



Although we are incredibly excited to welcome them on board, the news is overall bitter-sweet; as unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Mary-Jo de Leeuw. Previously the Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace, Mary-Jo de Leeuw resigned on November 30th, 2018, due to her new position as Director Cyber security EMEA in London. Cyberworkplace wishes her good luck and sends her tender regards. “With pain in my heart, I leave the Cyberworkplace and Rotterdam! I am incredibly proud that we have put this together in a relatively short time. I am therefore very grateful for all the opportunities that we have received from the Municipality of Rotterdam and  42Workplace”, said de Leeuw.

Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Previously Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace

As of December 1st, Anouk Vos is taking the position of a Chairman of the General Board at Cyberworkplace. With these changes taking place, Cyberworkplace is confident it will persevere, and continue to be a place where outcasted youngsters can finally belong, learn about ethical hacking, tackle real issues, and explore the digital world together.