Dr. Nicole van der Meulen

    Dr. Nicole van der Meulen is Senior Strategic Analyst at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) where she leads the Strategy and Development team. She has worked as an Advisor of Security Affairs at the Dutch Banking Association, and has led the cybersecurity side of the Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) team at RAND Europe in Cambridge. Prior to those engagements, she worked for the Dutch government where she was co-responsible for the development of the first Cyber Security Threat Assessment, before returning to academia at the start of 2012 as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transnational Legal Studies at the VU University in Amsterdam. In 2010, she obtained her PhD based on a comparative study between the United States and the Netherlands on digital financial identity theft at the Law Faculty of Tilburg University. She studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Bachelor of Arts, 2005, Cum Laude) and VU University Amsterdam (Master of Science, 2006, Cum Laude).

    Keynote speech
    “Hello, it’s me again! Why writing a cybercrime threat assessment feels like working for a thrift shop”

    Cybercrime is changing constantly, right? At least, that is what we hear on daily basis. But is it really? Or are we just saying that to explain why we find ourselves drowning in data breaches, DDoS attacks and dark web marketplaces? While there is change in cybercrime, much of the ‘new’ is the old in a different jacket. Difficult to sell, but impossible to ignore. While we all seem slightly obsessed by buzzwords like artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data analysis, we still find our citizens, customers and employees responding to phishing emails or falling victim to ransomware. The ability of cybercriminals to use known modus operandi on new targets and adapt their existing ways should be at the center of our attention. In this presentation, Dr Nicole van der Meulen, Senior Strategic Analyst at the European Cybercrime Centre at EUROPOL will present how ‘old’ findings are still relevant for future threats and why the only way to address the persistence of cybercrime is through a holistic approach that includes accepting you will fall victim to cybercrime, and learning how to get ‘back up.’