How do we increase the digital resilience of citizens? How do we activate entrepreneurs to take digital security measures? What security challenges does public administration face in the digital domain? How do we ensure effective cooperation towards a digitally secure society?

Digitalization is central to our daily lives, but how do we ensure that the ever-increasing digitalization, which we may now call not a 'transition' but a 'reality', takes place safely? The Cybersafety research group answers these, and the above, questions by conducting high-quality, independent and practice-oriented security research.

Our research is above all aimed at creating new insights and solutions for practice, and overview in the noise and turmoil that often arises with digital developments. This is especially true when digital developments affect our security and privacy. We do this for and with education, professional practice and other scientists. In doing so, the research group keeps an eye on trends and developments and we are a driver of digital security.

Our mission

Our research contributes to increasing awareness about digital security and the development of practical solutions for the digital security challenges of today and tomorrow.

The mission of the research group is to promote security in the digitized society. The Cybersafety research group has two professorships and one crossover research line:

  • Digital Resilience of People and Organizations

This lectureship focuses specifically on knowledge development on the role of human factors in promoting digital security. This involves psychological and social aspects of information security, behavioral change and related evaluation methods. The lines of research are: 1) digital resilience of citizens, 2) digital resilience of organizations and 3) digital resilience of police.

Dr. Jurjen Jansen, lecturer 

  • Governance in a digitizing society

This professorship focuses on knowledge development on the online use of authority and on the responsible use of technology to contribute to (digital) security. Future-oriented research is conducted into security challenges, innovative and effective forms of enforcement in the digital domain and the legal and ethical aspects thereof. Special attention is paid to involving citizen perspectives as a prerequisite for good and effective governance.

Dr. Willem Bantem, lecturer 

  • Cross-over 'Digital Citizenship’ (together with the research group Organizations and Social Media)

Digital Citizenship faces the task of getting people to participate actively, autonomously and media-savvy in the digital information society. Promoting prosocial behavior online and getting a better grip on (dis)information play an important role in this. This cross-over bridges the security perspective: countering polarization, exclusion and political distrust and the communication perspective: promoting meaningful communication online and media empowerment.

Dr. Joyce Kerstens, associate lecturer

With whom do we collaborate?

The professorship is specialised in security and cybersafety. Businesses and institutes can benefit from this. Through its practice-based research, the professorship can play a major role in the development of products or services, carrying out applied research and providing advice.

The mission of the professorship is expressed through 4 four main objectives:

  • Develop a consistent ‘Cybersafety’ research programme.
  • Realise a structural, substantial contribution to the education offered by  NHL Stenden, to benefit the level of the education and its practice orientation.
  • Contribute knowledge to the professional practice.
  • Place NHL Stenden on the map as a centre of expertise in the area of safety in national and international networks of knowledge institutes and the field.

Spearheads for the Cybersafety professorship are the themes: 

  • Patterns and trends in cybercrime
  • Youth and Cybersafety
  • Companies and Cybersafety
  • Combating the lack of safety in cyberspace


The Cybersafety professorship is a joint professorship of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and the Police Academy. The professorship has a social mission to contribute to the safety in a digitalised society.

The professorship wishes to achieve its mission by carrying out top-quality, independent and practice-based research to benefit safety education and safety practice. Spearheads in the research carried out by the Cybersafety professorship are ‘trends in cybercrime’, ‘youth and cybersafety’ and ‘companies and cybersafety’.


NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Research group Smart Industries

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