“Everybody with a passion and talent for cybersecurity should have a chance to develop themselves.”

Niels Everstijn, Cybersecurity Business Unit Manager of Axians in The Netherlands

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Niels Everstijn, and I’m the Cybersecurity Business Unit Manager of Axians in The Netherlands. I’ve been in the IT industry since 1992 and have always been in business development roles. I’m married for over 25 years to Inge, have two boys, and live in the Maas and Waal area. Next to the business as a hobby, I am an official field hockey umpire for a bit over than eight years now. 

Would you please introduce Axians to our readers? 

Axians is the linking pin of our connected planet. We aim higher than technical excellence to make tomorrow’s world more livable and fair. We are part of a group infused with strong human values and social ethics, a culture of qualitative relationships, and close attention to stakeholders and end-users.

Axians, Part of Vinci (France), is an IT systems integrator. With about 12000 colleagues in over 25 countries, we help our customers to improve/accelerate their business by using IT. The areas of expertise are Telecom Infrastructures, Cloud and Data Center, Enterprise Networks, Digital Workplace, Business Applications, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity.

When was the partnership between Cyberworkplace and Axians launched? 

The partnership was officially established in 2019. It was initiated by a colleague who was very passionate about the Cyberworkplace approach. He was highly motivated to inspire and guide these talented youngsters and introduce them to the world of networking and cybersecurity. Since then, Axians has supported the mission of Cyberworkplace, training young people to become cybersecurity specialists. 

What is the added value to your company?

Axians is a very socially aware organization. Everybody with a passion and talent for cybersecurity should have a chance to develop themselves. With the Cyberworkplace partnership, we help youngsters with a proper introduction to the field of cybersecurity. Cyber ​​professionals are scarce, and we hope to fill that shortage in the labor market with these enthusiastic young professionals.

What do you like the most about Cyberworkplace?

Social and creative entrepreneurship.

Describe Cyberworkplace in three words.

Social, Passion, Cybersecurity.

How do you see this partnership in the future?

I hope to get more involved in curriculum development and welcome more Cyberworkplace talented and passionate youngsters, to become the future Axians colleagues. 

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Keep on the good work.


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Cyberworkplace and The Hague University of Applied Sciences organize a pilot workshop on cybersecurity risk management

On October 15th, Cyberworkplace in collaboration with Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is organizing a pilot workshop. In one afternoon, students from both organizations will dive into the world of cybersecurity risk management through a series of presentations, table-top exercises, and more. Peer-to-peer learning techniques will be used to stimulate the practical experience and interaction amongst the participants.  

The program will start with a presentation on cybercrime and risk management by Mira Golsteyn, Cyberworkplace chair. Students will learn about the evolution of cybercrime, cyberattacks, types of impact, but also risk assessment and risk management strategies. Dominic Christian, lecturer, Safety and Security Management Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, will give a presentation on the cybersecurity risks that reach far beyond networks and computers. We will look at how cybersecurity affects the ‘real world’: governments, businesses, and people at home, how do we deal with these new threats, and what can physical security and cybersecurity learn from each other. Finally, the students will work together in small groups on a table-top exercise, where they have to design a risk management strategy for the fictional “University of the Western North Sea”. After successful completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate.

We are very excited to work together and look forward to future successful cooperation.

Participation in this workshop is limited to students of Cyberworkplace and Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences only. Apply now and become a student of Cyberworkplace!

From ‘zero experience’ to a cybersecurity career in just a few months

Please introduce yourself.

Hi! My name is Fleur, I am 25 years old. After finishing my bachelor’s in human resources, I joined Cyberworkplace. I had no prior knowledge about IT, only a huge interest. Eventually Cyberworkplace helped me to make my first steps in IT. Currently, I follow a cybersecurity traineeship.

When did you join Cyberworkplace? What was your motivation?

A friend of mine, and former participant of Cyberworkplace, advised me to join the workshops. I had no prior knowledge about cybersecurity, but I was very eager to learn more about it. My motivation to join Cyberworkplace was initially to learn as much as possible, but ultimately it was the fun during the lessons that kept me motivated as well.

What did you like about Cyberworkplace?

I liked the variety in the content of the lessons and the high learning rate. Besides, I had a lot of fun. At the beginning I was quite nervous about whether I could follow the lessons, but this wasn’t a problem at all. The teachers and students are patient and helpful. There is enough room to ask all your questions. Most of the teachers even share their LinkedIn, so you can connect with them and ask additional questions.

What have you learned at Cyberworkplace?

Among other things, I learned most about digital forensics and (de)coding.

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

I really loved the digital forensics course. My favorite lesson was the guest lecture of Maaike Hielkema, a cybersecurity consultant at NFIR. She gave an introduction on information hiding and recovery. We have learned how to recover deleted files and collect digital evidence. Digital evidence is different from an ordinary one, it can be easily changed and adjusted.

What are you currently up to?

I started at Cyberworkplace with zero experience. A few months later, I have a job in cybersecurity. I follow a traineeship at Motiv ICT Security. 

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words.

Learn, work, fun. 

Would you recommend Cyberworkplace to your friends?

Yes! For anyone who is interested in cybersecurity but not yet experienced. Cyberworkplace is the best place to take your first steps in this field. I had no experience myself, but the lessons are easy to follow for everyone. With curiosity, you’re going to learn so much here.

Check the requirements and join Cyberworkplace here.

Welcome our new intern

Larissa van der Knaap, Cyberworkplace intern

We are thrilled to welcome, Larissa van der Knaap, to our team. As a marketing and communications intern, Larissa will be assisting our team by optimizing our social media and updating our marketing strategy.

She studies Creative Marketing & Sales at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Larissa’s hobbies are longboarding, cycling and painting, and she loves being in and around nature. 

Larissa’s passion to make this world a better place, brought her to Cyberworkplace. “I am very excited to join Cyberworkplace. This is a place where young adults can get ready for the cyber security world. I am honored to be a part of that process.”, says Larissa.  

Rotterdamse studenten en Openbaar Ministerie strijden samen tegen WhatsApp-fraude

Op 4 en 11 juni gaan 25 studenten van de Cyberworkplace en het Techniek College Rotterdam een fictieve WhatsApp-fraude (vriend-in-noodfraude) uitvoeren. De fictieve WhatsApp-fraude is onderdeel van de cursus CSI-010: Digital Forensics en wordt door het Openbaar Ministerie Rotterdam (OM) georganiseerd. Tijdens deze les zullen de studenten de rol van de cybercrimineel aannemen. De cybercriminelen zullen de beste vorm van fictieve WhatsApp-fraude moeten gaan opzetten. Vervolgens zullen deze vormen van WhatsApp-fraude worden uitgevoerd bij de docent Anjo Eijeriks. Tijdens de les zullen studenten ook een discussie voeren over de beste verdediging tegen WhatsApp-fraude.

De afgelopen periode zag de politie een forse stijging van cybercriminaliteit in de Rotterdamse regio. Online criminaliteit zoals WhatsApp-fraude neemt in snel tempo toe. Als het gaat om gepleegde WhatsApp-fraude, dan gaat het soms over honderden aangiften op een dag (Bron: Politie, 14 okt 2020).

“De doelen van de Cyber Challenge en de cursus zijn dat de studenten zich meer verdiepen in digitale criminaliteit en het voorkomen daarvan. Bovendien bekijken ze wat er op cybergebied strafbaar en dus ontoelaatbaar is.”, zegt Anjo Eijeriks, docent op het Techniek College Rotterdam. Eijeriks geeft les bij de opleiding ICT-beheerder en Applicatieontwikkelaar.

Voor het OM zal het resultaat van de Cyber Challenge input zijn om te kijken hoe cyber daders denken en functioneren om zo meer inzicht te krijgen in de modus operandi van WhatsApp-fraude en om in gesprek te gaan met de ICT-werknemers van de toekomst.

“Ik zie de Cyber Challenge als een enorm waardevolle aanvulling op alles wat we al doen om digitale criminaliteit verder terug te dringen”, aldus cyberofficier Jacqueline Bonnes van het Openbaar Ministerie in Rotterdam. “Bij deze vorm van criminaliteit vallen weliswaar geen doden of gewonden, maar de impact op het slachtoffer is vaak enorm. Door erachter te komen hoe cybercriminelen werken kunnen we een slag slaan in de bestrijding van dit relatief nieuwe fenomeen. Een belangrijke rol ligt daarbij weggelegd voor jongeren die op de drempel staan van een carrière in de ICT. Door te wijzen op de mogelijke gevaren van internet en hedendaagse digitale communicatiemiddelen zijn ze niet alleen gewaarschuwd, maar kunnen ze ook helpen deze vorm van criminaliteit de kop in te drukken.”

“Door binnen CSI-010 actief samen te werken met Techniek College en met politie en justitie draagt Cyberworkplace bij aan goed opgeleide ethisch hackers en dragen zij vervolgens bij aan een veiliger samenleving.”, zegt Mira Golsteyn, voorzitter Cyberworkplace.

CSI-010: Digital Forensics
Cyberworkplace startte op 9 april met een nieuwe editie van het programma CSI-010: Digital Forensics. CSI-010 is een gratis cursus voor aankomende digitale rechercheurs om jongeren te helpen leren met het opsporen en voorkomen van cybercrime. Deze opleiding is in samenwerking met het Techniek College Rotterdam, het Rotterdamse bedrijfsleven en de politie georganiseerd. Twintig geselecteerde deelnemers krijgen 8 weken lang een voorproefje van het werk van een digitaal forensisch onderzoeker. Ze worden hierbij gesteund door gastdocenten uit het veld. De studenten leren de basisvaardigheden van digitaal forensisch onderzoek om online fraude, bedrijfsspionage, phishing of chantage te bestrijden.