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HCSS welcomes Ronald Prins as strategic advisor Cyber Security

December 4th 2017 - 13:58

HCSS is pleased to introduce Ronald Prins as strategic advisor Cyber Security. As the founder of Fox IT, Prins is ideally suited to contribute to political, economic, technological, and security-related aspects of HCSS’ research into Cyberspace, which it has conducted since 2009. As such, his addition strengthens the organization’s prospects of developing itself into a leading research institute within the area of cybersecurity.

HCSS formerly contributed to the development of national cybersecurity strategies, the stimulation of norms regarding the behavior of state actors within cyberspace (including - but not limited to - the protection of net neutrality). It also contributed to government efforts to establish the need to develop defensive cyber capabilities (ranging from defending against espionage to safeguarding national security) and to researching the security implications of the proliferation of several phenomena (AI and big data included) within cyberspace. In addition, the organization utilizes open source data to gauge state capacity to defend against cybercrime. In conjugation with the East West Institute, HCSS provides the secretariat role of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Until December 2017 Ronald Prins was Director at Fox-IT. In 1999 he co-founded Fox-IT together with Menno van der Marel , seeking to fully apply his creativity in developing innovative security solutions for highly sensitive environments. Previously, as a scientific researcher at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), he gained recognition by breaking codes on cryptographic security systems encountered by law enforcement in criminal investigations. Ronald also contributed to new methods and best practices for obtaining digital information in criminal investigations. Ronald studied applied mathematics and went on to specialize in cryptography at the Delft University of Technology.