Monthly Archives: januari 2017

Mary-Jo de Leeuw ‘Iconic Leader’

Last weekend at the WEF The Hague 2017, WiCS-VP and Associate Partner at Revnext Mary-Jo de Leeuw was awarded with the ‘Iconic women creating a better world for All’ award. Amongst 400 women and man she received the award from Dr. Harbeen Arora, Founder & Global Chairperson. In her speech where she congratulated the awardees she said that we need to uphold role models in a variety of sectors and make visible the inspiring work being done by so many women across the world.

Alderman Karsten Klein spoke of a special moment for the city of The Hague: “The Hague is proud to host this 2017 Women Economic Forum edition. It is especially a proud moment, that here in The Hague a Dutch Women is receiving the international prestigious Award 2017 “Iconic women creating a better world for all. I congratulate Mary-Jo de Leeuw with winning this award and I hope that she will continue with inspiring so many people!

Ms de Leeuw was awarded with this prize due to her ungoing commitment and drive for creating more and better
awareness of cyber risks  amongst businesses, governments and individuals.




Astrid Oosenburg Digital Leader of the Year!

Astrid Oosenburg (PVDA, WiCS) was declared Digital Leader of the Year at the National Management & IT Symposium. She received the prize, that is awarded on behalf of CIOnet and ITWNET, from the previous winner – Michel van Hout (CIO Transavia).

In his speech, Mr van Hout praised Ms Oosenburg for her unwavering commitment to creating a better digital landscape for citizens and the government itself. Ms Oosenburg has repeatedly emphasized her worries about the level of digital knowledge in the parliament. At a time where the Netherlands is rapdily becoming a more digital economy, it is worrisome that there are so few candidates with IT affinity eligible in the upcoming elections.

Ms Oosenburg has recently convinced Minister Plasterk to require HTTPS for all government websites after introducing the Act Generic Digital Infrastructure. In addition, she has prevented the inhibition of innovation, and instead worked for providing certainty for existing parties and created space for digital innovation. A good balance between (big) data, privacy and civil responsibility is a big issue for her. She has been an active member of the Women in CyberSecurity foundation for many years.

Two Women in CyberSecurity featured in Marie Claire

The latest of Marie Claire features two women from the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCS) Foundation: Anouk Vos and Gina Doehki. For a special Tech edition of Marie Claire Anouk and Gina were interviewed about their motivations, ambitions and trends and developments in cyber security.

Anouk Vos is the president of WiCS and founding partner at Revnext. She is the specialised partner in Cybersecurity / Innovation lead. Anouk Vos has years of experience as a strategic cybersecurity adviser.

Gina Doekhi is IT expert at the Department of Forensics and Incident Response at Fox-IT. She graduated with a double master from the University of Amsterdam: Forensic Intelligence and Forensic Science. “I was good at math and I wanted to do something with that.” Therefore, she started studying Artificial Intelligence (AI). This turned out to be a perfect match: “ICT with a piece of psychology, the mimicking of a human by using a computer.” Gina works with a lot of digital traces, but also gives training and often helps with eDiscovery matters.

The Dutch edition of Marie Claire notifies: “The next few years millions of jobs will disappear due to upcoming new tech developments. So whoever wants to stay at work, should be focusing on technology.

The interview is published in the Marie Claire February 2017 edition!

WICS VP, Mary-Jo de Leeuw: ‘Iconic women creating a better world for All’ Award 2017

The Dutch Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Associate partner at Revnext, will be presented the prestigious international Women Economic Forum 2017 award of “Iconic women creating a better world for Allduring the Women Economic Forum – EU taking place in The Hague from 27th to 28th Jan 2017. 

The theme for the WEF-EU 2017 is “EU: Reinventing Itself: Women Empowerment & Inclusion.” Over 400 women and men from across the EU and Europe are expected to join along with delegates from across the world.

WEF is the conference arm of the world’s largest women’s movement of uniting the women of the world beyond boundaries, bias and borders, the ALL Ladies League (ALL). The two day event will have sessions on over a 100 subjects with a range of speakers drawn from various sectors including business, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, arts and culture, film and television, media, academics, social sector, and government. 

Speaking for the Women Economic Forum, Dr. Harbeen Arora, Founder & Global Chairperson said that WEF is a global conference of the ALL Ladies League to foster empowering conversations and connections among women of extraordinary commitment to foster constructive change in ALL walks of life. Dr. Arora said she was grateful for the wholehearted and empowering support given by The City of Den Haag which is known globally for its very proactive commitment to the cause of women empowerment and inclusiveness. Congratulating the awardees she said that we need to uphold role models in a variety of sectors and make visible the inspiring work being done by so many women across the world. 

WEF events take place throughout the year and across the globe empowering women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence through peer exchange, networking across borders while being inspired by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, leaders, and celebrities. 

Regional events are held throughout the year in different parts of the world, like in the Hague, followed by London, while Annual event is held in New Delhi, India. There are more coming up this year in US, Canada, Maldives, South Africa, Iceland , New Zealand and Morocco. 

About ALL and WEF 

ALL Ladies League (ALL) is the world’s largest All-inclusive international women’s chamber and a movement for the Welfare, Wealth, and Wellbeing of ALL. As a superhighway of ‘Internet of women’, ALL is a worldwide web of women’s leadership, friendship and entrepreneurship. The acronym ALL stands for its positive spirit and culture of helpfulness toward empowering one and ALL. It is the only such network to offer completely free membership for women and the only criteria is to bring in great positive energy and spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood, and not allow any room for divisive or discriminatory discourse. ALL is non-political and non-religious. With over 500+ chapters and over 40,000 members across 150 countries (and ever growing by referral), ALL & WEF  together are the fastest growing global network of women where women as also men who support them are coming together to discover their individual and collective strengths and leadership in unprecedented ways. 

About the WEF Awardee:  

Mary-Jo De Leeuw, Associate partner at Revnext

Mary-Jo de Leeuw has been fascinated by bits and bytes ever since she got a Commodore 64 back in the ‘80’s. From a very young age onwards, she has been manipulating and hacking digital systems, games and toys. As she tried to build and alter her very own Mario1 game, she got nicknamed ‘Mario’ instead of ‘Mary-Jo’. Later, as a student, she discovered how she could manipulate Interactive Voice Response Systems to get herself in front of telephone queues and hacked her way into cheaper printing machines to help herself and fellow students save money. Mary-Jo never lost her rebellious streak as an adult. In 2014 she founded the Platform Internet of Toys, a community which raises awareness on the security of connected toys. In the platform, toy manufacturers, scientists, hackers and legislators meet up and discuss security- and privacy breaches within toys. Furthermore the platform works to get legislations and standards for secure toys in place.

In 2015 Mary-Jo de Leeuw reprogrammed a toy doll to speak like a terrorist and switched on microphones and cameras in popular toys from a distance. Partly because of Mary-Jo’s efforts, this dangerous toy has been banned from toy stores in the Netherlands today. The efforts for the Platform Internet of Toys gained Mary-Jo, or Mario, yet another nickname: ‘Rebel with a Cause’. Today this rebel is a well-known and very much appreciated thought leader in the infosec world. She publishes regularly on her findings, speaks at international conferences and is the go-to media expert on everything concerning her old passion ‘bits and bytes’.


Call For Volunteers HITB2017AMS!

Back again at the NH Grand Krasnapolsky, the 8th edition of Hack In The Box Security Conference takes place from the 10th till 14th of April 2017! HITB2017AMS will feature a new set of 2 and 3-day technical trainings followed by a 2-day conference with a Capture the Flag competition, technology exhibition with hackerspaces, lock picking villages and hardware related exhibits plus a free-to-attend track of 30 and 60 minute talks!

Call For Volunteers
A great event like this needs a great team and the HITB2017AMS is looking for volunteers!
Sign up here and join the crew!

For more information about HITB2017AMS go to the website.

About Hack In The Box
HITBSecConf or the Hack In The Box Security Conference is an annual must attend event in the calendars of security researchers and professionals around the world. Held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Amsterdam in The Netherlands, HITBSecConf is a platform for the discussion and dissemination of next generation computer security issues. Our events routinely feature two days of trainings and a two-day multi-track conference featuring cutting-edge hardcore technical talks delivered by some of the most respected names in the computer security industry.

HITBSecConf is a place where ideas are exchanged, talent discovered and genius celebrated.

Ziekenhuizen Dichten Veiligheidslekken Websites

Bijna alle lekken in websites van ziekenhuizen die begin januari het predicaat “volledig onveilig” kregen, werden binnen enkele uren na deze onthulling gedicht. Het Admiraal de Ruyter ziekenhuis gaf aan “in allerijl een veiligheidslek op de website gedicht te hebben” en het Martini Ziekenhuis beveiligde de pagina van het klachtenformulier alsnog met een https-verbinding. Dit zijn enkele van de maatregelen die werden genomen nadat de bevindingen van een grootschalig onderzoek van de Women in Cyber Security (WiCS) naar digitale veiligheid in de gezondheidszorg, in de media verscheen. De resultaten van het onderzoek logen er dan ook niet om: een derde van de onderzochte websites bleken zo lek als een mandje met risico op het ongewild lekken van data zoals gevoelige patiëntendossiers.

Het merendeel van de ziekenhuizen nam, na publicaties in diverse media, contact op met de WiCS voor additionele vragen of hulp. Mary-Jo de Leeuw (bestuurslid WiCS en woordvoerder): “Met een groot team van professionals, allen werkzaam binnen cybersecurity, hebben wij de afgelopen weken honderden vragen beantwoord van onder andere ziekenhuizen, artsen, brancheverenigingen en de pers. Wij zijn geschrokken van de grote hoeveelheid vragen. In veel gevallen kwamen ziekenhuizen bij ons uit omdat ze niet wisten waar ze ondersteuning konden krijgen. We hebben ons best gedaan iedereen te helpen maar hopen dat er ook vanuit Den Haag een handreiking naar de ziekenhuizen komt. Je kunt ze echt niet in de steek laten.”

Geen gehoor
Voorafgaand aan de diverse publicaties, hebben de WiCS getracht met alle partijen contact op te nemen om zodoende de bevindingen te kunnen delen.  Mary-Jo de Leeuw: “Tot onze grote spijt wilden een aantal ziekenhuizen ons niet te woord staan terwijl we ze juist wilden helpen. Desalniettemin zijn wij zeer verheugd dat velen ons vroegen mee te denken en mee te werken aan diverse veiligheidsoplossingen. Uiteraard geheel belangeloos want waarom zouden wij ziekenhuizen met prangende veiligheidsvragen in de kou laten staan?”

Meer onthutsende onthullingen
Het onderzoek naar de veiligheid van websites van ziekenhuizen, is onderdeel van een groter onderzoek waarbij diverse veiligheidsaspecten onderzocht zijn. De aankomende tijd, komen de WiCS met nog meer (onthutsende) onthullingen naar buiten. Met de uitkomsten van alle onderzoeken, willen zij de awareness naar een hoger niveau te tillen. Nederland Digitaal Veilig? Dan kan alleen maar SAMEN!

Throw back: decrypting sextortion workshop at the Internet Governance Forum

Nowadays, women and girls eagerly make use of new media to find an outlet for self-expression, posting provocative pictures and videos of themselves, defying so-felt conservative social norms. However, advancements in technology also impose a risk of abuse of these images. The Risk of sextortion.

Last December the Women in Cyber Security Foundation (WiCS), The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Netherlands IGF & Electronic Commerce Platform worked together on a decrypting sextortion workshop during the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico. Catherina Garcia van Hoogstraten, the hostess and moderator on behalf of WiCS, spoke about the horror that is sextortion. The aim of the workshop was to disrupt the current trend, research possible solutions and to discuss potential cross-cultural collaborations towards the new age of digital feminism.

Sextortion: a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim.

Incidents of sextortion, where women are coerced in payment of even performing sexual acts to prevent some privately shared delicate material such as a nude picture or sex video from being made public, are reported in increasing numbers. Since the perpetrators frequently use the Dark Web, successful prosecution of the perpetrators is difficult. The perceived anonymity of the internet is instrumental in alluring people to cyberrevenge. Through a live social engineering hack, participants were showed how easy it is to fall victim to sextortion type of abuse.

Most depressing, but most important

According to the participants, the panel and the hosting parties the workshop was a big success.

“This is the most depressing, but most important session I’ve attended.” “The room was bursting, what a great workshop.” “Sextortion is an international problem that we need to tackle.”


The panel of the workshop consisted of the following women:

–          Panel moderator: Catherine Garcia van Hoogstraten, WICS, Digital Governance, Information Technology & Cybersecurity advisor, researcher, senior lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences- Centre of Expertise in Cybersecurity
–          Panel rapporteur: Shruthi Kamath, Security Consultant at Cigital, Inc,Co-Founder at InfosecGirls
–          Arda Gerkens, Senator SP- Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal and Managing director Expertise Bureau Online Kindermisbruik
–          Alice Munyua ,Co-founder of the Kenya ICT Action Network – KICTANet
–          Hanane Boujemi, Hivos Senior Manager Internet Governance Programme MENA
–          Alejandra Cantón Moreno, CISO at Giesecke & Devrient
–          Su Sonia Herring, Young ambassador of the Turkish Youth

More information on the background story of sextortion, the workshop and the WiCS!

1 out of 3 hospital websites is not secured properly

1 Out of 3 hospitals has a poorly secured website, according to the research of the Women in Cyber Security (WiCS). A quarter of the sites has no secure connection at all, meaning that the online data files filled in by patients are sent unencrypted.

WiCS researched the websites of 97 randomly picked hospitals and the results are frightful. A poorly secured hospital website can result in the leaking of a patients private data. The research was published by newsletter ‘Trouw’.

Computer security as a high priority

“That the security of the websites from so many hospitals are not well organised shows that the security issues are in all the vessels of the hospital”, according to Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Vice-President of WiCS. “A hospital, that has to do with so much sensitive information, should have its computer security as a high priority.”

You can recognise a secure website by a green lock icon at the top of the page and by the web address that is https and not http. This results in encrypted data which makes it more difficult for potential hackers to get in. This protection is mandatory if visitors are prompted for specific personal information such as a person’s religion or health.

Effective for action

The research of WiCS has already proven to be effective. In the short period of time the research was published a couple of hospitals such as the OLVG, Antonius hospital, Martini hospital and Admiraal de Ruyter hospital took action. Most responded with the news that they immediately updated their website or are in the development of a completely new website, which will have all the safety and security requirements.

Here you can read the original article published by ‘Trouw’ in Dutch

WiCS VP, Mary-Jo de Leeuw, shortlisted for Women in IT Awards 2017

The finalists for the world’s largest tech diversity event, the Women in IT Awards 2017, have been revealed. The winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on 25 January, attended by 1,000 business and tech leaders.

The Women in IT Awards is a leading event in the technology industry’s efforts to tackle it’s gender imbalance and emphasizes the benefits of diversity in the working field. The Award will be held at the spectacular Great Room at Grosvenor House in London.


The imposing Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in the heart of London has a distinguished, glamorous and aristocratic pedigree stretching back nearly 350 years. Situated in Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, the hotel is situated at one of the capital’s most desired addresses.

Security Champion of the Year

In the section ‘Security Champion of the Year’ one of the nominees is our very own Mary-Jo de Leeuw.

– Charlie Timblin, Royal Bank of Canada
– Julie George, Arriva Lisa Hamilton, Deloitte
Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Women in Cyber Security Foundation, associate partner Revnext
– Michele Hanson, Transport for London
– Natasha Whybrow, Check Point Ruth Davis, BT Global Services
– Sarah Boyd, University of the West of England
– Sharon Barber, Lloyds Banking Group

We wish her all the luck and fun during the Women In IT Awards next week! She is already our winner!

About the Women In IT Awards

The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. It does this by showcasing the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among industry influencers.

Organised by business-technology magazine Information Age, the Women in IT Awards has gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors since launching in 2015.

Call for paper: Conference ONE

Since 2013 The Netherlands hosts the One conference (before the Govcert symposium, the first in 2002). For many people from the technical community one of the ‘must-visit’ conferences in Europe. Partly due to the link (in time) with the Global Conference on Cyberspace (2015) en the EU-presidency (2016) the One Conference has grown in importance partly dedicated in 2016. The connection between technicians, experts, policy and decision makers on a non-commercial, neutral platform is a proven formula that contributes to the Dutch position.

During the High Level Meeting on cybersecurity in May 2016 the European Commission has indicated to be searching for some highly regarded conferences in Europe to hold on to when structuring its own policy statements. The chosen path of linking policy to technical issues in the One Conference could contribute to this request.

Thus, the economic dimensions of digital safety are new aspects in this case which led to the Ministry of Economic Affairs offering to become a full-fledged co-organizer of the event.
The conference will be broadened to an initiative of the national government. This will lead to a Conference with not only the focus on merely cybersecurity focus but also on the economic opportunities offered by the cyber domain. This is consistent with the approach chosen for the strengthening of the national approach on cybersecurity.

The One Conference is a two day conference consisting of a plenary program and various breakout sessions. Both technical topics such as malware detection, incident response, law enforcement cases and less technical subjects, among others, public-private partnerships, are discussed. Attention is also given to research from industry and science.

Main objectives One Conference
• Presenting and profiling the Netherlands as a digital gateway to Europe and a digital safe place to do business.
• Translating knowledge and insight about threats, vulnerabilities and technical developments