Top 10 Benelux stories of 2021

At the heart of Europe, the Benelux region occupies a strategically important position in connecting the continent to the world.

The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg also have what it takes for an advanced technology sector. They are relatively wealthy and have a wealth of human talent and high standards of education, and the region’s academics are breaking new ground.

To this end, everyone is closely following what is happening in the Benelux IT sector. Part of the interest lies in the region’s penchant for trying to do things a little differently, making it and its people great testers for new technological innovations.

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 stories about IT in the Benelux region.

1. Dutch IT company transforms HR policy based on lessons from the pandemic

The software company breaks the HR rule book and replaces it with a hybrid work policy.

2. Openness can protect Dutch companies against ransomware

Dutch companies suffering from ransomware attacks need to be more open about it if this growing problem is to be controlled.

3. The Netherlands works on resilience with a large-scale national cyber exercise.

For the Netherlands, the biggest challenge in a large-scale cyber crisis is maintaining speed with due care.

4. Interview with the Benelux CIO: Benoît Dewaele, Vandemoortele

The Ghent-based food group CIO says the IT department’s main challenges are to improve digital customer experiences, help implement automation in plants and strengthen cyber security.

5. Dutch researchers create security software to mimic the human immune system

The software could help IT systems build immunity to some cyber attacks in a way similar to how the body fights infections.

6. Belgium’s Federal Justice Service advances digitally with fast networks

Network and security companies are coming together to claim 20 times faster connectivity for Belgium’s judicial system, so that it can hold court hearings and prison visits remotely and exchange information between services and applications securely.

7. Data from thousands of Dutch citizens leaked from Covid-19 government systems

Weak access controls and outdated systems credited with leaking the personal data of thousands of Dutch citizens tested for Covid-19.

8. Dutch scientist receives the highest award for his work on the effect of digital media on society

Utrecht University media scientist José van Dijck wins the Spinoza Prize and funds his research on the effects of social media on society.

9. TCS opens its first European innovation center in Amsterdam

The capital of the Netherlands is home to TCS’s latest innovation hub, bringing together an ecosystem to tackle the challenge of sustainability.

10. Reports raise alarm about Huawei’s access to Dutch networks

The espionage allegations raise security issues for Dutch organizations that use equipment and services from Chinese suppliers.

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