The Hague Security Delta, the leading security cluster in Europe, originated in The Hague in West Holland. In this Dutch cluster businesses, governments, and knowledge institutes work together on innovation and knowledge in the fields of cyber security, national and urban security, protection of critical infrastructure, and forensics. Furthermore cross-sectoral innovation themes are developed for Horticulture (food safety), Life Sciences & Health (Big Data and securing medical data) and Smart Industry (unmanned systems).
West Holland, the secure digital gateway to Europe
Due to the presence of the national government, military and intelligence agencies and international organizations, The Hague is ranked among the top 4 United Nations cities in the world and known as International City of Peace, Justice & Security. In the West Holland region alone 400 security businesses realize more than 25% of the national turnover in security and employ 13,400 people.
Aside from international courts such as United Nation’s International Court of Justice, The Hague is also home to many other international organizations such as the European Law Enforcement Organization (Europol), Eurojust, European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP/GPPAC), The Netherlands Forensics Institute (NFI), National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
InnovationQuarter works closely with The Hague Security Delta (HSD), knowledge institutes like Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), startups, scale-ups and corporates, and the government. We share a common goal: more business activity, more jobs and a secure world. Because of the vibrant security ecosystem, many international companies active in the Safety & Security sector such as Cybersprint, Dtex Systems, Cisco, Onegini, Group 2000, Fox-IT choose West Holland, a unique delta region in the western part of the Netherlands, to locate their European operations.
Internationally West Holland is well-connected with renowned security clusters in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. And the Netherlands overall ranks number 15 worldwide in the ITU Global Cyber Security Index 2017 and number 5 in Europe.