Jeroen van der Ham

Assistant Professor of Network Security NCSC
University of Twente - EEMCS/DACS

Jeroen van der Ham is assistant professor of Computer Network Security in the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group at the University of Twente. Jeroen combines this with his work at the National Cyber Security Centre in The Netherlands (NCSC-NL).

At NCSC-NL he focuses on the many developments in coordinated vulnerability disclosure and ethics of the security profession.

At the University of Twente he focuses on ethics of internet security research, denial of service attacks, and anonimization in network measurements.


More of our life takes place on the Internet, and we have to figure out a proper way to deal with this, especially when things don’t go as you would have liked. It is already clear that computer ethics is different than ‘traditional’ ethics, actions on the Internet have a very different impact than actions in the real world.

There are continuous developments in social networks, big data, privacy awareness, computer and network security, et cetera. People are increasingly seeing this, and have an opinion or moral attitude towards this. The problem is also that law is still catching up to all the new developments, and some of the old approaches no longer apply in obvious ways.

So this leaves me wondering: what can we make of these ethical developments? And then especially: How do we make sure that research in computer science stays within ethical boundaries?

In my role as academic researcher I try to figure out how we can better think and deal with these issues. As teacher I advise students on these issues, and we evaluate student project proposals beforehand and do coordinated vulnerability disclosures where necessary. I also help students look at how they perform their research, and help them think about alternative ways of achieving the same goals.