Towards An Integral Approach To Cyber Security

Cyber space creates the context for many new technological applications and achievements. Unfortunately, not a day goes by without cyber incidents dominating headlines. Take for example cyber warfare and cyber crime. One can also think of the effects of natural disasters on Internet-controlled applications in vital sectors such as water and energy supplies. To be able to meet the cyber challenges of today and tomorrow, to fully make use of the opportunities offered by cyberspace and also to contribute to ‘safe digital highways’, it is essential to have insight into the complex world of cyberspace and the interrelated technical, economic, legal and psychological issues and risks.


Knowledge and expertise combined


Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences have combined their knowledge and expertise in education for professionals in this field in the Cyber Security Academy (CSA) in The Hague. The CSA is an initiative of the municipality of The Hague. At the CSA scholars and lecturers together with experts from private and public sectors translate these issues into a varied range of multidisciplinary learning tracks for highly educated professionals.


Strengthening digital defensibility

Learning tracks are designed for highly educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and/or affinity with issues in the field of cyber security.

The CSA aims, with an integral approach to digital security as its premise, to educate professionals who wish to contribute to strengthening the digital defensibility of states, organisations and individual citizens.  


Multidisciplinary learning tracks

The Cyber Security Academy initiates and stimulates the development and supervises the implementation of innovative Master’s degree programmes, several shorter courses and tailored tracks in the field of cyber security. At the core of the CSA is the accredited multidisciplinary Executive Master’s programme Cyber Security, which was launched in  January 2015.


The CSA key lecturers are scholars and lecturers of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Next to them, nearly all learning tracks include contributions by guest lecturers from private and public organisations with a wide experience in cyber security such as management consultants (KPMG, VKA, KPN), technical specialists (NFI, ENCS, FOX-IT) and other experts.


Governance CSA

The board of CSA comprises of deans and directors from the three knowledge institutions involved.


  • Prof dr. Edwin Bakker (on behalf of Leiden University)
  • Prof. dr. ir. Inald Lagendijk (on behalf of Delft University of Technology)
  • Han Biemans MBA (on behalf of  The Hague University of Applied Sciences)


The Municipality The Hague will delegate an advising member to the board.


The day-to-day management of the CSA is overseen by an administration comprising the Scientific Director, professor of Cyber Security prof.dr. Bibi van den Berg, who is assisted by the managing director ms. Eveline Vreede.


Advisory Council

CSA has an Advisory Council comprising experts from private and public sectors. This council advises the board and management on the direction of the foundation as regards content.


HSD Campus

The CSA is located in the Beatrixkwartier at the campus of The Hague Security Delta. This campus is the home base of the European security cluster The Hague Security Delta, a network organisation of private and public organisations and knowledge institutions in the broad field of security (


At this campus the participants are provided with multifunctional spaces with modern IT facilities such as a Real Time intelligence Centre and a Serious Gaming Lab. This location has excellent parking and catering facilities. 


More information? 

Are you interested in the new Executive Master’s programme Cyber Security, in one of the shorter learning tracks or in a tailored track? Please contact us.




Professor Dr  Edwin Bakker
Professor Dr Edwin Bakker
on behalf of Leiden University, Faculty of Governance & Global Affairs

Professor Edwin Bakker is professor in Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Leiden University - Institute of Security and Global Affairs in The Hague. His fields of research are radicalisation, jihadi terrorism and in particular profiles of (jihadi) terrorists. In addition, his research is focussed on dealing with (fear of) terrorism and the policy implications in this field. Bakker is lecturer at the CSA, amongst others, and member of the Board of the CSA foundation.


Edwin Bakker is a fellow at the International Center for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) and boardmember of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association.


Next to his position as Professor at Leiden University Edwin Bakker is head of sector Knowledge & Research at the Dutch Police Academy. There he is, among other things, responsible for the connection and operation of research within the Dutch National Police and with relevant partners of the police.


Bakker is a member of the editorial board of the following (academic) journals: Security and Human Rights, the Journal of Strategic Security, Vrede & Veiligheid (Peace & Security) and Internationale Spectator. Bakker is also a guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College in Rome and member of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.


In 1997, Bakker obtained a PhD degree with his thesis on minority conflicts in Slovakia and Hungary. 

Professor Inald Lagendijk
Professor Inald Lagendijk
on behalf of TU Delft, Faculty Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica
> Inald Lagendijk (1962) is Distinguished Professor in Computing-based Society, and member of the Cybersecurity research group. He has over 30 years of research and teaching experience in digital signal processing, including image and video processing, compression, search, watermarking, and digital content protection. His current research focuses on privacy-protected signal processing, data sharing, and algorithm transparency.  He has over 15 years of experience in leading national and international fundamental and public-private research projects. Prof. Lagendijk is currently captain of science of the national ICT innovation team, and 'boegbeeld' of the route 'Big Data' of the Dutch National Research Agenda. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2007, for Contributions to Image Processing). He was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 2009. He was also elected member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI).

Han Biemans
Han Biemans
on behalf of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Faculty ICT & Design

Han Biemans studied Business Economics at the HES Rotterdam, obtained his MBA at Henley Management College - Brunel University London and his MA in Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Han has worked in the business sector in Communication and Marketing functions and Consultancy. Then he had a Consultancy and Administration Firm. After the sale of this company, Han worked at the Rotterdam University of Applies Science. First as lecturer, later as dean in the economic and social domain. Since 1 January 2018 he is dean of the Faculty of ICT & Design at The Hague University of Applies Science. This faculty includes 7 bachelor's programs in the field of ICT and media with a total of 2600 students. Education is offered in the HHS Campus in The Hague, the TU Campus in Delft and the Dutch Innovation Factory in Zoetermeer. Spearheads of research in the faculty are Cyber Security, Big Data and Philosophy & Professional Conduct.


Staff involved

prof.dr. Bibi van den berg
prof.dr. Bibi van den berg
Scientific director

Professor Bibi van den Berg  is a professor Cybersecurity Governance at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs , Faculty Governance & Global Affairs at Leiden University. Van den Berg is the academic director of the Cyber Security Academy.

Van den Berg studied and obtained her PhD at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After this she worked as a post-doc at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) of Tilburg University for three years. In 2012 she came to Leiden for her current function.
Van den Berg's research is focused on four themes: (1) Regulating human behaviour through the use of technology (techno-regulation), (2) identity, privacy and (cyber) security, (3) regulation and governance of/on the Internet, and (4) robotics and artificial intelligence.
Next to her role as a university professor and lecturer, Van den Berg is a Meijers Fellow at the Faculty of Law. Van den Berg is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council, a Council that advises the Dutch Cabinet on how to improve cybersecurity in the Netherlands. She is also a member of the Board of Advisers for IT of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) of the Netherlands. 

Eveline Vreede
Eveline Vreede
Managing director

Since November 2018 Eveline Vreede has been appointed Managing Director of the Cyber Security Academy. Eveline Vreede is affiliated to TU Delft managing ICT related research collaboration both nationally and internationally of the Faculty of EEMCS. From 2014 to 2018 she was Executive Secretary of 4TU.NIRICT, bringing together and strengthening the collaboration of ICT researchers of the four universities of technology in The Netherlands: TU Delft, TU/e, UT, Wageningen University. She has been involved in setting up academic partnerships with institutes in Singapore, China and India. She has a background in (intercultural) communication, marketing, and European public policy. She previously worked for a startup, and in consultancy & project management.

Chantal de Groot
Study Coordinator