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.

Larissa 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.

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.