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.”

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?

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.”

Mark Jenster, General Manager of OrangeCyberdefense Netherlands

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.

Sign up for CSI-010: Digital Forensics 2021

Cyberworkplace and Techniek College Rotterdam are excited to announce the launch of the third edition of the CSI-010: Digital Forensics course on April 9, 2021. After the successful pilot in 2019 and the second edition in 2020, the organizations are introducing a few improvements. This year’s program includes several new guest lectures, remote access, a buddy program, and more. Former participants who wish to rejoin the course will have a chance to join as student assistants. While guiding the new participants, they can acquire new digital forensics knowledge and improve their mentoring and teamwork skills.

As a result of the high interest in the previous editions of this course, participants’ number has been increased from 20 to 25. By doing this, Cyberworkplace and Techniek College Rotterdam wish to reach a bigger group of passionate young people and give them a chance to develop in digital forensics.

What is CSI-010 Digital Forensics?

CSI-010 Digital Forensics is a digital forensics course at an MBO level organized in collaboration between Cyberworkplace, Techniek College Rotterdam, and Revnext. In 8 weeks, 25 students will have hands-on lectures on digital forensics’ different aspects and learn how to detect and prevent cybercrime. After successful completion of the course, the participants will receive a certificate.

What does the course look like?

In eight lessons, the participants will be introduced to the world of digital forensics. By practicing with real cases, presentations by experts from the field as guest lecturers, and relevant theory, participants will get a taste of what it means to work as a digital forensic investigator.

  • 1st lesson: Introduction to the ethical and legal framework of digital forensics
  • 2nd lesson: Local incident response
  • 3rd lesson: Local incident response
  • 4th lesson: Local Incident Response
  • 5th lesson: Network Forensics
  • 6th lesson: Webserver analysis
  • 7th lesson: Web server analysis
  • 8th lesson: Final challenge 

The workshops are taking place on Fridays. Because of the Corona measures, the workshops will be given online. The course materials are in English.

What are the requirements to participate?

  • You have basic IT knowledge
  • You have basic skills in programming and ethical hacking (an advantage)
  • You are between 16 and 27 years old
  • You are available to participate in the entire program. Lessons are given on Friday between April 9, 2021, and June 11, 2021 (except for the May holiday between May 7, 2021, and May 14, 2021).
  • You have a laptop * (You don’t have a computer, but you still want to participate? Please contact Cyberworkplace for the possibilities.)
  • You are enthusiastic and motivated to learn

How to join?

Participation in this course is limited to students of Cyberworkplace and Techniek College Rotterdam only. Register now and become a student of Cyberworkplace! Application deadline: March 12, 2021. 

More info about the course here.


Cyberworkplace appoints new chairwoman

On February 3rd, 2021, the General Board of Cyberworkplace has appointed Mira Golsteyn as chairwoman of the organization. She is succeeding Anouk Vos, founder of Cyberworkplace and chair.

Golsteyn has been a board member of the organization since 2018. She is a senior manager with over twenty years of experience in operations, IT management, and security. She delivers results and is passionate about security and privacy.

“It’s an honor to succeed Anouk. On behalf of my fellow board members Theo Sinnema and Else Maria van der Meulen, I’d like to extend our gratitude to Anouk. Without her vision and commitment, there would be no Cyberworkplace as we know it.”, said Golsteyn.

Anouk Vos has made an enormous contribution to the growth and development of Cyberworkplace throughout her tenure as chair. The Board of Cyberworkplace is delighted to announce that Vos has been appointed Honorary Chair. She will continue to be closely involved in Cyberworkplace.

“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad, so I’d much rather say hello and welcome. Hello to a new role within the Cyberworkplace community. Welcome to a new chair and welcome to new vibrant Cyberworkplace initiatives!”, said Vos.

“Together with my fellow board members, I look forward to strengthening our position as Cyber Workplace. We will continue to work closely with our staff members, students, partners, ambassadors, and volunteers. After all: it does take a village to raise an ethical hacker!”, said Golsteyn.