Centre for the Law and Economics of Cyber Security

Research Centre Erasmus School of Law

There is under- and overinvestment in cyber security by both government and industry. As the investments in cyber security will rise in the future through developments such as robotics, the ‘internet of things’ and blockchain, so will the need for a societal debate about the efficiency of those investments. 

Our mission

Currently, there is a lack of clear thinking about cost and benefits in the public debate. Our mission is to 'create a stronger public discourse regarding efficient cyber security investments'. How are we going to accomplish this mission? By linking the insights of the law and economics of cyber security with concrete policies and strategies of government and industry.

We aim to:

  • Connect: Bring together scholars in the law and economics of cyber security by offering them a joint platform to share knowledge.
  • Inspire: Fuel the public debate with solutions for mitigating current market failures in cyber security and correct information incorrectness in the market.
  • Advice: Provide concrete advice on global and national cyber security strategy and policy involving law and economics of cyber security.


Government should discuss cybersecurity with civilians

According to Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the CLECS of Erasmus School of Law, civilians are insufficiently heard about cybersecurity.

ASM International receives prize for transparency on cybersecurity

ASM International has won the annual Cyber Security Annual Report Index prize issued by the CLECS and ICFG.

Transparency in cybersecurity: a blind spot?

Bernold Nieuwesteeg and Willem Kuijken have submitted a reaction to the review of the Corporate Governance Code.

PostNL receives prize for transparency in cybersecurity

PostNL received the Cyber Security Annual Report Index trophy from Vice Dean Maarten Verbrugh and Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the CLECS.
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Raising awareness of digital risks is not enough to fight cybercrime. But what is?

Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the CLECS of Erasmus School of Law, wrote a paper on combating cybercrime more effectively together with other experts.
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‘We should aim for a society in which not paying ransom is the benchmark’

Insurance companies cover the payment of ransom in case of a ransomware incident. Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the CLECS, disagrees with this policy.
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Get valuable data out of the digital desk drawer!

Together with other scientists, Bernold Nieuwesteeg is requesting the government for a cybersecurity dashboard.
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Can a data breach be prevented?

Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the CLECS, states that the responsibilities of software suppliers must be increased, defined and documented.

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