Cyberworkplace welcomes its newest team member

Arsen Kalymov, Cyberworkplace project assistant

Cyberworkplace would like to welcome its newest project assistant, Arsen Kalymov, to the team. Arsen is 21 years old, an active person by nature, and moved to the country in 2008 from Russia. His hobbies include reading, exercising, and computers. He currently follows the Safety and Security Management study at The Hague University of Applied Science.

He joined Cyberworkplace in pursuit of greater knowledge of cybersecurity and saw the organization as the best opportunity to learn more about this field. What attracted him the most to Cyberworkplace was its energy and mission. “Since the first workshop, they really left an impression on me of an energetic and innovative organization with much to offer to the world.”, says Arsen.

As the newest member of Cyberworkplace he shares the mission of reducing the cybersecurity talent gap and promoting cybersecurity awareness.

Welcome Arsen!

Check the Cyberworkplace team here.

Kick-start your career with Cyberworkplace

Frank Voelkel, Former student & ambassador of Cyberworkplace

Please introduce yourself. 

My name is Frank Voelkel, I am 28 years old, and I was born in Germany. Since 2006 I am living in The Netherlands. My interests are pentesting and programming. I like to work on small projects or doing CTF (Capture the flag) challenges with my friends. Apart from that, I also like sports and gaming.

When did you join Cyberworkplace?

I joined Cyberworkplace back in February 2021. My motivation to join was to learn more about cybersecurity and get to know the experts from the field. 

What did you like about Cyberworkplace?

I really enjoyed the workshops. They were mostly interactive and diverse, covering different topics within the field of cybersecurity. Something else that I really liked is the interaction with other students, guest speakers and lecturers during the workshops. This helped me grow my professional network.

What have you learned at Cyberworkplace?

The things I’ve learned at Cyberworkplace are too many to be mentioned. But if I look back, the Python and Linux course were one of the most helpful to me. I learned so much during the Linux course with Willem Lei, Unlock Your Talent. Thanks to the knowledge I’ve acquired, I could start my own little projects like making a bash script, which can help you a lot with stack buffer overflows on an x86 architecture. 

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

I can’t highlight one favorite moment. I liked the whole experience and especially the small moments, such as working together.

What are you currently up to?

Currently, I am working as IT support at GGD. Besides that, I am also doing a voluntary work at the DIVD as a security researcher. In my spare time, I am learning JavaScript and getting deeper knowledge into bug bounties. In the future, I want to work as a penetration tester or bug bounty hunter.

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words?

Fun, kick-start, innovative.

Would you recommend Cyberworkplace to your friends?

I have already recommended it to many of my friends. I think Cyberworkplace is an awesome chance and everyone should be able to get this chance.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to thank everyone at Cyberworkplace for making it possible and making it into what it is today.

Check the requirements and join Cyberworkplace here.

Cyberworkplace and The Hague University of Applied Sciences continue the successful cooperation!

After the successful pilot workshop in October 2021, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Cyberworkplace are launching another workshop. On 14th and 21st of January 2021, forty students from the Safety and Security Management Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Cyberworkplace will join forces in a ransomware table-top exercise.

During this two-day workshop, students will work in teams, where each student will get into the role of an employee at the fictional ‘University of the Western North Sea’. With that role come objectives, responsibilities and a specific scenario. Each team must manage the crisis to the best of their ability. The workshop aims at enhancing students’ crisis management skills, such as analyzing, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, prioritization, etc. The participants will also attend presentations on ‘Cyber incident and crisis management’ by Mira Golsteyn, chair of Cyberworkplace and Dominic Christian, lecturer at The Hague University. After successful completion of this workshop, the participants will receive a certificate.

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! 



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.

“Cyberworkplace: a close-knit group of people helping youngsters further develop their talents”

Please introduce yourself.

I am Else Maria van der Meulen, and I am director / owner of DDFR. DDFR is an internet service provider in the Northern Netherlands. We offer services in the field of network and security. My background is in business information and computer science, also known as technical informatics. In July this year, I completed the latter after more than 12 years of study break. My graduation topic was “Detection of botnets in DNS data using machine learning”. A fascinating topic to get started with, both from a cybersecurity perspective and from a machine learning perspective.

Else Maria van der Meulen, Cyberworkplace board member

When did you join Cyberworkplace?

I joined Cyberworkplace in January 2020 as a board member. The great thing about Cyberworkplace is that it gives young people an opportunity to gain knowledge and possibly get started in this fascinating field. It cuts both ways, young people get a chance, and society gets the much-needed cyber talents. I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to contribute to this.

What did you like about Cyberworkplace?

It is a close-knit group of people, each of whom wants to contribute to the Cyberworkplace mission by helping young people further develop their talents and thus contribute to the cybersecurity community.

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace?

There are several moments, but the best is when young people from Cyberworkplace find their way to an internship or a traineeship where they can develop further.

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words.

Community, fun, learn.

How do you see Cyberworkplace in five years?

The basis of Cyberworkplace will remain the same, namely offering young people opportunities further to develop their talents in cybersecurity, but with coverage throughout the Netherlands. A large part of the workshops can be followed online. Yet, meeting one other in real-life is also very valuable.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Get in touch if you would also like to contribute to the Cyberworkplace mission.