Multi Country Security Collaboration Effort Needed

Posted on Nov 08, 2016

As terrorism continues to be an evolving, international issue, collaboration between countries needs to become more streamlined and versatile. Safety and security solutions need to be put in place worldwide. This is a common talking point, but one that was expressed with urgency in a late August panel involving H.W.M. Schoof, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism of the Netherlands. The Dutch have been particularly vigorous in their expansion and depth of counterterrorism information sharing amongst the members of the E.U. As the attacks in Brussels and Paris highlighted, inadequacy in intelligence collaboration can leave countries vulnerable to attack. And Schoof believes that a roadmap spearheaded by the Netherlands, creating more readily available access to information across borders, can lead to better security.

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Schoof's progress has been acclaimed by the Department of Homeland Security. His efforts demonstrate new ways to share information through multiple levels of security agencies. In a big picture sense, the safety and security solutions being highlighted here are meant to better disseminate relevant information through every level of multi-national counterterrorism efforts: first responders, to local law enforcement, to higher level intelligence agencies and border control departments. Coordinated responses and preparation are at the vanguard of security solutions.

Cybersecurity plays a role here as well; Schoof mentioned that terrorist organizations are growing more interested in the cyber field but have yet to become fully capable in this arena. With improved cybersecurity coordination, it's hopeful that countries can get ahead of these coming issues. The Dutch delegation stressed that the infrastructure for the security collaboration should extend from throughout the E.U. to the U.S. There are, however, some concerns in the U.S. counterterrorism community that increased connectivity could lead to further vulnerability. This simply highlights the need for any such information sharing system to be of the finest caliber.

Frank Taylor, the Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence, put the issue thusly: "The technology is moving very quickly and the security threats continue to mount, and so the effective cybersecurity in the exchange regiment is going to be critical." He stresses the need for cooperation between the E.U. and U.S. but wants the information technology to be smart and secure.

Safety and security solutions of this type are directly in the wheelhouse of NC4. With software tools specifically designed to meet the very challenges Taylor and Schoof highlighted, NC4 is well positioned to be of assistance in this expanding field. For more information, e-mail us at, or continue to browse our site for additional details.

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