Cyberworkplace: the art of sharing & receiving knowledge

Please introduce yourself

It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to all (potential) students, sponsors, and all other interested parties. I am Theo Sinnema, currently 46 years of age. A long, long time ago, I studied Math, in which I have a teaching degree. After about ten years of working for several companies like ING, Friesland Bank, and CGI, I started my own company. Besides giving my expertise on security, operational & fraud risk to companies like Schiphol, Dutch Railways, and Aegon, I also organize security events. In my free time, I like to play Wordfeud (yes, I do) & chess. I also love to have philosophical conversations about anything, especially the state of cybersecurity worldwide, while enjoying a nice barbecue. It’s a great honor for me to be part of the Cyberworkplace family. As a board member, I am responsible for the development of the yearly curriculum.

Theo Sinnema, Cyberworkplace board member

When did you join Cyberworkplace?

I was happy to join the board of Cyberworkplace about two years ago. My motivation to join was to contribute to the cybersecurity community in which I believe youngsters (like our students) should have a fair chance in the job market. It is also essential that they get paid in line with their skills. I love my role within Cyberworkplace, mostly because it’s a non-profit organization with a clear goal and an ANBI status that proves that we are fully committed to the public interest.

What do you like about Cyberworkplace?

It’s different. It suits a need. Cyberworkplace helps youngsters to develop 21st-century tech skills, expand their networks while also creating and facilitating jobs. Cyberworkplace is a family.

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

My favorite moment so far is the CyberHeroes project, in which the collaboration with Cultivating Coders turned out to be a great success. It was an intercultural, international disruptive project, especially for the Native American travelers. For some of them, it was their first time leaving the state of New Mexico (and even had to arrange a passport for traveling abroad).

How would you describe Cyberworkplace with three words?

Cyber Work Place → Hack, Learn, Work

How do you see Cyberworkplace five years from now?

Honestly, I find this a hard question to answer. Choices have to be made from a board perspective, as there are so many opportunities to explore. Most important is that we have to stay clear in our goals, which currently are: “Cyberworkplace is an off-beat initiative focusing on reducing the cybersecurity talent gap and promote cybersecurity awareness. We attract security talents such as gamers, hackers, and tech-savvy youngsters and help them develop the skills they need for the 21st-century cybersecurity labor market.”

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I want to challenge you as a reader to:

  1. Follow Cyberworkplace on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  2. Contact us if you have some great ideas to share.

“Cyberworkplace is the place to be if you want to become an ethical hacker.”

Former student and ambassador, Erik Heikamp

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Erik, 26 years old. I’ve lived all over the Netherlands but finally settled myself in Ermelo. My education hasn’t always been smooth sailing. I quitted school to become a lifeguard. I am passionate about windsurfing and IT.

When did you join Cyberworkplace? What was your motivation?

I joined Cyberworkplace in February 2020. I felt it was time for a new challenge and a career change. My options were minimal since I haven’t finished school. However, the possibilities online are immense, so I did not know where to start. Luckily Cyberworkplace crossed my Google searches.

What did you like about Cyberworkplace?

Since I was a little kid, I was interested in tech and hacking. Through Cyberworkplace, I learned more about the cybersecurity field while also expanding my network.

What have you learned at Cyberworkplace?

By expanding my network, I have learned that IT people are way more social than I expected. Everyone is super friendly, and sharing knowledge is key.

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

I’ve had many great moments, but my favorite was the first day at Cyberworkplace as it made the most impression on me. The manager took me to the “basement” where Cyberworkplace is located. There were no windows, just a few big tables, tech books, and tech gadgets everywhere -the place to be if you want to become an ethical hacker. I felt like I was one of them.

What are you currently up to?

Currently, I work for UMBRiO. They gave a Splunk course at Cyberworkplace and offered me a traineeship. At Cyberworkplace and UMBRiO, I found the challenge I was looking for. I couldn’t be more thankful.

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words?

For everyone, awesome, motivation.

Would you recommend Cyberworkplace to your friends? What would you tell them?

Yes, I did and still do. Even if you do something different but are interested in cybersecurity, get your Fridays off and attend the workshops at Cyberworkplace!

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I loved my time at Cyberworkplace! If I could, I would still attend every class. I’m thankful for what they gave me and hope I can return the favor one day.

“This partnership allows us to invest in tech-skilled youngsters’ growing potential.”

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Mark Jenster, and I am the General Manager at OrangeCyberdefense Netherlands. Before we transitioned to Orange Cyberdefense, I was Managing Director of Securelink since 2017. From 2007 to 2017, I have worked in several Account Management and Business Unit Manager roles at ASP4all and subsequently Solvinity. Before entering the business world, I served in the Dutch Army for seven years. I enjoy working out, watching football, and going for hikes with my dog Woody in my free time.

Would you please introduce Orange Cyberdefense to our readers?

Orange Cyberdefense is the expert cybersecurity business unit of the Orange Group. As Europe’s go-to security provider, we strive to protect freedom and build a safer digital society. We are threat research and intelligence-driven security provider offering unparalleled access to current and emerging threats. With a 25+ year track record in information security, 250+ researchers and analysts and 16 SOCs distributed across the world, and sales and services support in 160 countries, we can offer global protection with local expertise and support our customers throughout the entire threat lifecycle.

When was the partnership between Cyberworkplace and Orange Cyberdefense established?

This partnership is established in 2019 and based on our mutual purpose; to build a safer digital society.

What is the added value to your company?

As a large service provider, it’s essential for us to keep up to date with the ever-changing landscape of IT and cybersecurity. We believe in investing in and engaging with the future generation. This partnership allows us to contribute to the active participation of ethical hackers in the business market and invest in tech-skilled youngsters’ growing potential.

What do you like the most about Cyberworkplace?

The fact that Cyberworkplace invests in the future by concentrating on education.

How would you describe Cyberworkplace with three words?

Training the future

How do you see this partnership in the future?

How great would it be if we can complete the cycle in a few years? That someone who used to follow lectures at Cyberworkplace, now working at Orange Cyberdefense can provide the training him/herself.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

As the cybersecurity threats develop exponentially, the need for educated,
ethical hackers and cybersecurity experts will continue to grow simultaneously. Let’s get ready for the future.

Cyberworkplace is looking for an intern

Vacature stagiair / stagiaire organisatie en communicatie

Cyberworkplace is een non-profitorganisatie die jongeren helpt zich te ontwikkelen tot ethisch hackers. Dat doen we door hen in de praktijk op te leiden. Daarna helpen we hen een geschikte stageplaats of baan te vinden. Cyberworkplace richt zich op jongeren van 16 tot 27 jaar die in het reguliere onderwijs niet een passend aanbod vinden.

Je taken en verantwoordelijkheden:

  • je helpt bij het versterken en professionaliseren van de organisatie
  • je helpt bij het verbeteren van de marketing- en communicatie-strategie
  • je verricht marktanalyses en onderzoekt nieuwe trends
  • je helpt bij de dagelijkse administratie en organisatie
  • je denkt mee over het uitbreiden van Cyberworkplace

Je profiel:

Je volgt een opleiding op HBO- of WO-niveau en wil graag praktijkervaring opdoen. Je beheerst de Nederlandse en de Engelse taal goed in woord en geschrift. Je hebt talent voor social media, organiseert graag en werkt netjes. Je bent representatief, hebt een goed humeur en kunt omgaan met stress.

Ons aanbod:

Start per direct. Je loopt drie of vier dagen stage per week. We zullen samen bepalen hoe lang je stage zal duren (minimaal drie maanden en maximaal tien maanden). Tijdens je stage werk je op ons kantoor in Rotterdam en/of gedeeltelijk vanuit huis. Wij bieden een vaste praktijkbegeleider, een gezellige werkomgeving en de kans om je professionele netwerk uit te breiden. Je krijgt een stagevergoeding, vrije dagen en we betalen jouw reiskosten op basis van openbaar vervoer.

De procedure:

Vragen over de stage kun je per e-mail sturen naar

Je sollicitatiebrief met CV kun je sturen naar hetzelfde emailadres onder vermelding van “stage CWP” De selectieprocedure zal onder meer bestaan uit een sollicitatiegesprek.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Maurits van den Heuvel joins the Cyberworkplace board

On February 22, 2021, after a thorough selection process, Maurits van den Heuvel has been appointed a board member of Cyberworkplace. Van den Heuvel is a co-founder of Red Angle, a cybersecurity consulting firm. He has extensive experience in security and risk management and specializes in identity management. He is result-oriented, pragmatic, and highly motivated to help young people immerse themselves in the world of cybersecurity.

Maurits van den Heuvel, board member of Cyberworkplace

At Cyberworkplace, he will be engaged with project development and implementation with a focus on the region. His vast experience in project management and connection with Rotterdam will allow him to accomplish high results for Cyberworkplace.

“It feels great to accept the challenge to increase the impact of Cyberworkplace on young people so they will get new (career) perspective(s).”, said Van den Heuvel.

Currently, Cyberworkplace consists of four board members, namely, Mira Golsteyn (chairwoman), Theo Sinnema (secretary), Else Maria van der Meulen (treasurer), and Maurits van den Heuvel (projects).

The Cyberworkplace team is thrilled with Van den Heuvel’s arrival and is looking forward to further cooperation.