Netherlands - Country Commercial Guide
Cyber Security
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The Netherlands is marketed as the digital gateway to Europe and is considered one of the most wired countries in the world. The country has consistently ranked first in the annual DHL Global Connectedness Index. The internet economy in the Netherlands is estimated to make up over six percent of the country’s GDP and is projected to continue to grow in the coming years. Nearly 100 percent of households have a broadband connection. The Amsterdam region houses nearly a third of Europe’s data centers. The country is home to one of the largest internet exchanges in the world, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), and many large tech companies have chosen to base their European operations in the Netherlands. Consequently, cybercrime, digital espionage, and the disruption of online services is a major concern. 

The Hague region has established itself as a cybersecurity hub over the past decade. The Dutch government recently established the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise in The Hague, which is already home to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Center (EC3) and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. It is also home to The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe, in which (cyber) security businesses, government agencies, and knowledge institutions cooperate. The Netherlands is becoming a European leader in FinTech, AgTech, and technology-based mobility solutions, boasting a sizable cluster of startups. 

In 2018, the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) published an update to the 2013 “National Cyber Security Strategy.” Both documents outline the government’s long-term view on cybersecurity and set out concrete actions to combat cyber threats. The full reports (in English) can be accessed on the NCSC website

Due to the difficulty in discerning cybersecurity spending from general IT spending by the public and the private sectors, there are currently no concrete figures on the size of the Dutch cybersecurity market. A 2019 report by the insurance provider Hiscox concluded that Dutch companies spend an average of roughly $1.9 million on cybersecurity annually. This figure is expected to grow in 2022. Dutch government spending on cybersecurity is also set to continue to grow in the years to come. 

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Opportunities in the Netherlands are similar to those in the United States and other advanced and highly digitalized countries. The Dutch are relatively early adopters of new technologies. U.S. cybersecurity firms generally establish themselves in the United Kingdom before entering the Dutch market and branching out further into the rest of the continent. 


The NCSC’s 2022 “Cyber Security Assessment Netherlands” report highlighted six key findings related to cybersecurity in the Netherlands:

  • The security of digital processes is and remains essential in our highly digitized society and is therefore linked inextricably to national security.
  • The digital threat for the Netherlands remains as high as ever. That threat does however change continuously.
  • The strategic themes set out in the CSAN 2022 still fully result in complications for risk control.
  • Reduction of the imbalance between the digital threat and resilience referred to in the CSAN 2022 remains a major task.
  • Despite growing attention to resilience of Operational Technology (OT) as a building block of vital processes, there is room for improvement.
  • Digital risks demand a broader method of risk management and should be considered as an integral part of the risks to national security. Here, the angle of ‘assume breach’ (assume that there is a cyber incident) could be useful. 


Government Agency: National Cyber Security Center


Trade Events


NCSC ONE Conference

Fall 2024 

 Annual conference organized by the National Cyber Security Center. 



Alec Boydston, Commercial Specialist

U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands | +31 70 310 2420