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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-20/1550 – measures in Netherlands
|Netherlands , applies nationwide
|Open ended, started on 14 May 2020
|Legislations or other statutory regulations
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Amber van der Graaf (Panteia)
|02 December 2020 (updated 28 January 2021)
Due to the COVID-19 crisis a lot of companies have chosen to let their employees work from home. Typically, the cybersecurity standards that are ensured on the work floor are not met at home. Employees may work with personal devices or unsecure network connections. These security risks which arise from remote working require additional attention.
The government has set up various information resources aimed at employees to promote cyber security while working from home. Several of these initiatives are:
There is not information available on this yet.
|Applies to all workers
|Applies to all businesses
|Does not apply to citizens
Public support service providers
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
These measures are part of the national cybersecurity agenda. Employee organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have been actively involved in the development of this agenda. One of its key points is the public-private approach to cyber security which is also something that the employee organisations believe should be the main consideration. One of the ways in which this has been realised is through the creation of the Digital Trust Center, employee organisations are co-responsible for the policy direction of this institute. The Digital Trust Center is active on the issue of cybersecurity during times of Covid-19.
Employee organisations are actively involved in the development of cybersecurity policies, their role in these specific measures is unknown. They have however also provided resources to their members on how to deal with cybersecurity during remote working. For example, VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have published an article on the risks and solutions to cybercrime while remote working.
Social partners have not shared any opinions on these specific measures. With regard to general cyber security policy, the employee organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland share the position that private parties are primarily responsible to address their own cybersecurity vulnerabilities. They also believe that policy should be developed by means of public-private cooperation.
Eurofound (2020), Government guidelines cybersecurity and remote working, measure NL-2020-20/1550 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-20_1550.html
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