Resilience after corporate or industrial espionage

  • 11 Jun 2019

In 2019, the BCI Netherlands & Belgium Conference returns to the Netherlands. This year's conference will be held at the industrial De Fabrique, Utrecht, on 13th June. The one-day programme will examine core business continuity and resilience.

In the build up to our highly anticipated BCI Netherlands & Belgium Conference 2019 on 13th June, we are pleased to present to you a facinating and insightful report from two of our conference speakers, Maarten Ijzermans and Wietse Van den Berge, on how to deal with corporate or industrial espionage.


The report abstract and further information about the speakers can be read below.


Corporate and industrial espionage might occur at corporations as soon as other actors have competing interests. This makes everyone with competing interests a potential spy. However, if a corporation wishes to limit the possible impact of espionage, relatively simple mitigating measures might help. A first step is acknowledging that espionage might happen and that the corporation is a potential target. A second step is a risk analysis which identifies critical means and processes and their vulnerabilities. Based upon this awareness and risk analysis, the corporation can develop policies for whom to allow access to confidential corporate information. Restraint in allowing access is in place here. Authorization to access confidential information should only be granted after no restrictions were found during a screening process. Still, theft of confidential corporate information cannot be fully excluded. Therefore, also a need exists to prepare for situations in which espionage actually has occurred. In order to create resilience after espionage, corporations need to develop contingency plans in advance, and conduct damage assessments and improve mitigating measures to avoid future espionage afterwards.

About the Speakers:

Maarten IJzermans, Director Risk Management/Principal Consultant, Hoffmann


Maarten is a graduate from the Royal Netherlands Naval College/Free University of Amsterdam, with a degree in Maritime Economics. Currently he is following a Master Military Strategic Studies (MSS), with specialization in Security & Intelligence, at the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMW).

 After graduating from Naval College, he spent 12 ½ years as an officer with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. After his time serving as an officer within the Marine Corps, he became a consultant at Control Risks. Here Maarten has been responsible for several security advisory projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Sudan (South Darfur) and many more higher risks environment. He has advised clients on operating in a complex business environment managing their security risks and threats.

 At this moment Maarten is active as Director Riskmanagement at Hoffmann where he combines his management task with being an active consultant. His focus of main effort is to create and implement operational security risk management concepts for clients. His focus includes information security, (industrial) espionage, fraud & Integrity and personal security. Secondly he is active in crisismanagement projects, as advisor to the board during actual crisis situations and in the preliminary phase as auditor and trainer of existing plans and structures. He has been responsible for drafting and implementing (training) of new crisismanagement plans for several clients in government and non-governmental businesses.  

Wietse van den Berge, Security Consultant, Hoffmann


Wietse van den Berge studied political science at Leiden University, specializing in international relations and political philosophy.

After graduation, he joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force and attended the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. A 12-month internship at the academy’s military science faculty followed completion of his officer training, researching military history and military operations. Wietse held several ranks within the Air Force and in 2011-2012 he served as a military observer for the United Nations in the Middle East. He was triggered by personally witnessing the Arab uprisings in that region to return to his academic career. He joined Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA; previously Center for Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism) in 2013, focusing on political violence in contemporary Middle Eastern conflicts.

Wietse brought theory into practice during a one year security sector reform project for the Netherlands’ Embassy in Baghdad (Iraq).

In 2019 Wietse joined Hoffmann Risk Management as a security consultant.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets to our BCI Netherlands & Beglium Conference, you can catch Ijzermans and Van den Berge the Alliance Stream speaking at 4:00pm - 4:45pm where they will present the risk of industrial espionage and elaborated upon, focusing on how it can affect business.