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Report reveals inadequate cyber security at Schiphol Airport
This article is part of the CW Benelux issue of August-October 2020
The cyber security of border controls carried out by the Dutch Royal Military Police at Schiphol Airport is inadequate and not future-proof, according to a report. Research carried out by the Dutch Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer), found that security tests on the IT systems hardly ever take place, if at all. It also said the software of two IT systems is operational without the required approval, and that IT systems are not connected to the detection capacity of the Ministry of Defence and Schiphol itself. With almost 80 million passengers a year, Schiphol is not only the most important airport in the Netherlands, but also an important gateway to Europe. The Royal Military Police check passengers entering or leaving the Schengen zone at the airport. In doing so, systems process the personal data of passengers from across the world. This includes information about nationality, travel itinerary, travel company and, in some cases, criminal data. Passengers are checked at the passport desk and via electronic self-service gates....
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