Indeed, I’ve been away for a while, continuing my position as a trade officer for the Netherlands Embassy in Brussels for nearly five years, and subsequently founding the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Barcelona for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. My stay in Barcelona eventually lasted for twelve years, of which I spent most working as a private consultant for exporting companies from Scandinavia, the DACH region, the Benelux and Spain.
I moved back for family reasons primarily. I wanted to live closer to my grown-up children. Simultaneously, CRYPTAS presented me with an attractive and challenging mission to explore the Nordic market for them, which would require me to relocate to Stockholm. So that worked out quite well with my personal agenda.
What is CRYPTAS about? (Does the company have a link to the Netherlands?)
CRYPTAS is a company active in the cybersecurity industry, specializing in advanced knowledge of complex encryption issues and public key infrastructure (PKI). We help our clients by making their IT landscape more cyber resilient. We give advice, design and develop solutions with hardware and software components, we integrate these, and we can manage and support our solutions after our delivery, or as part of it. I'm working fromout the CRYPTAS Nordics AB office in the World Trade Center and we have a Dutch entity, CRYPTAS Benelux, based in Hengelo - next to our outlets in Vienna, Graz and Düsseldorf.
What can other members expect from CRYPTAS?
Chamber members can expect help, advice, and support from our company in cybersecurity-related matters. Or better, cyber resilience matters. After all, frankly spoken: if it’s cyber, it’s an illusion to call it secure. It’s common knowledge that cyber resilience is quite a hot theme these days, with cyber-attacks increasing in frequency and sophistication, particularly with the rise of Artificial Intelligence. CRYPTAS has a team of highly trained and skilled engineers that bring advanced knowledge of advising, designing, developing, implementing , maintaining and supporting cybersecurity solutions to you. Our team can give advice on IT related risk mitigation, or: how to protect your organization against cyber-attacks in a most effective manner. We can build IT landscapes that are optimally cyber resilient, and which comply with the latest enforcing legislation and regulations. These new regulations make it imperative for many organisations to correspond to a distinct level of safety. At CRYPTAs we can help you to get there.
Giving testimony to our intention to help fellow Chamber members, let’s start with the advising part. To that end, CRYPTAS and our friends of the Validata Group will organize a luncheon information session in February 2024, with the spellbinding working title A Man + Machine Approach to Risk Mitigation.
About this event: Logic dictates that, for optimal IT security, it’s all nice and well that you have the right technological solutions installed by a company like CRYPTAS, but still 80% of the successful cyber-attacks are caused by man-made failures. Like clicking on a link in a phishing email containing malware.
In other words: optimal safety can only be obtained if also the right processes, protocols and people are in place. And how to make sure you have the ‘right people in place’ , our friends at Validata will tell you a compelling story that complements and completes ours.
What are your expectations of becoming a SME-member?
The Chamber fulfills an important- if not critical- role to its members by providing access to relevant business information, as well as access to a valuable coherent business network of trusted, talented and likeminded business professionals, who in time become business partners, clients, hires or friends. So I expect to acquire more inspiring insights through the transfer of knowledge sessions. But mostly, I’m looking forward to acquiring new valuable business contacts and forging new long-lasting friendships.