Dutch government suffers cyber attack

Dutch government websites hackedA number of the Dutch government’s main websites were taken offline for more than seven hours on Tuesday of this week, and officials have since confirmed that it was a cyber attack.

Due to the size and complexity of the government’s many websites, their back-up plans proved to be ‘useless’, affecting mainly outlets that provide information to the public and media. Emergency communication channels remained online.

The cyber attack was believed to be a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

A host of official government websites and critical infrastructure in the EU have recently been disrupted by hackers, including:

Having a business continuity plan in place for instances such as these is just as important as putting effective cyber security measures in place to mitigate the risk of a data breach in the first place.

ISO22301: A Pocket GuideTo minimise the impact a disaster can have on your business, and to continue providing essential services to your customers, organisations need to put a business continuity management system in place. ISO 22301: A Pocket Guide explains the requirements for a plan aligned to the international business continuity standard, ISO 22301.

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