A year ago GovCERT.nl ceased to exist. The new kid on the block was the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). Together with GovCERT.nl their famous conference went away and many were wondering if something like the Symposium would ever come back.
The comeback indeed was a flamboyant start of what hopefully becomes a new tradition. Restarting an already great event is never easy, but our Dutch colleagues showed us that it’s possible. With over 850 participants this was a mega event. Impressing was the mixture of participants. From suits to geeks and nerds. Strange world: the latter often seems to be more narrow minded than the former.
Equally diverse was the program, from highly political to deep technical. I was very impressed and touched with the two keynotes focusing on China. The inside view went far beyond what’s usually served in main stream media.