Bengaluru Tech Summit: Netherlands keen to collaborate on cyber security

The Netherlands is partnering with the government of Karnataka to bring in Dutch expertise in cyber security, IT and healthcare, said Gert Heijkoop, Consul-General of the kingdom of the Netherlands, at the Bengaluru Tech Summit.

“We value our partnership with Karnataka in the area of cybersecurity,” he said. The Netherlands said both the countries are working together on reducing the increasing number of cyber attacks and assessing their impact on economies. Dutch companies, including Fox-IT and Group2000, have been very active in India. Indian companies, including E2Labs, Skillcube, Cloud4c and KrypC Technologies, have established a concrete presence in the Netherlands.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Netherlands and strengthen our partnership for a safe and secure cyber presence,” said Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries and Department of IT, BT and Science & Technology.


At the summit, Netherlands pitched healthcare projects to stakeholders from academic institutes, hospitals, IT and med-tech companies and startups for partnerships. This includes ‘point of care tool’ for fast diagnosis of conditions such as urinary tract infection and development of ‘generic toolbox’ to create health literacy application for use in both countries.

The other project is a framework for identification of biomarkers for mass screening of population at risk of development of neurodegenerative disorders.

After the memorandum of understanding was signed between The Hague and the State of Karnataka in 2016, Mr. Heijkoop said the two sides have worked diligently over the last few years in building partnerships for societal impact. He said ‘Living Lab’ is one such example, which will result in creating affordable solutions for sustainable healthcare in both India as well as the Netherlands.

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