One year ago, the first images of deserted airports spread across the internet. The pictures were mainly shared by passengers trying to find a way home, many of whom were fearing travel bans and entry restrictions. A year later, we know that this became the undeniable truth. However, with the development of fast tests, and the roll out of vaccinations, the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel seems brighter than ever before. Companies are carefully looking at the resumption of business travel, which will become feasible again in the next couple of months. Are you ready to travel?
The pandemic has undoubtedly brought about massive changes in the professional environment. The relocation of employees, digitalization of key processes and the increasing use of online tools to facilitate these, have marked a new era in business environment. While it is obvious that your company has been part of this digital transition process, the transition of security processes is often overlooked. Have your security methods transitioned equally?
Rosa Voulon (45) came to Proximities after leaving the Dutch Ministry of Defence, where she worked for 18 years. She just started to get to know her new colleagues at Proximities when the pandemic hit and. This meant she had to get further acquainted online. Roughly one year after her transition from the government, the moment has come to find out what it has brought her so far.
For exactly four years now, Tom Leijte (27) has been working for Proximities. A good reason to look back and towards the future. Tom was a youth politician, as chairman of the VVD-youth organization JOVD he knows the ‘Binnenhof’ like the back of his hand, graduated cum laude as a historian and has been immersing himself in risk & security since 2016. At Proximities, he is a pioneer in information security and worked as a corporate security advisor for one of our clients.
Expanding your business abroad is one of the most challenging tasks faced by entrepreneurs and managers. At home, it’s easy for skilled businessmen and women to decide whether to trust a local partner based on a gut feeling. You can visit your prospective partners in person and visit their office to determine whether they are trustworthy. When conducting business abroad, or with foreign partners, this decision is usually more difficult to make.
When companies consider information security, they mainly refer to the cyber aspect. Not unimportant but certainly not everything. As can be seen above, there are significant human, procedural, systematic and physical aspect to information security. Based on our experience in the world of intelligence, we have developed a three-step approach that takes every factor into account.
We are proud to announce our preferred partnership agreement with Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands!
Airbus is one of the market leaders on high resolution satellite imagery and remote sensing. Remote sensing is used to detect and monitor the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected radiation from a satellite. As such, it can be used to detect valuable data from the earth’s surface or atmosphere.
Organisations that improve their information security usually take measures to tighten company procedures, enhance the protection of their systems or even limit the physical access within their office. One crucial element of information security is often overlooked though: the human factor. In the end, even if all other procedures and systems are fully secured, your information could still be vulnerable through the people who have access to it.
Roelof Schuurman-Meeske, Risk Consultant at Proximities knows the company from the inside out. He joined right after its establishment. After his master’s in international Relations, he became Proximities’ first employee and started working as an analyst. Since then, both Roelof and the company have grown considerably.
After a lot of companies cancelled their business trips last year because of COVID-19, 2021 will be the year to restart international projects. Sadly, however, travelling for business will never be the same. The ongoing change is perhaps best illustrated by an example of a project of one of our clients in Israel.