Ronald Prins, co-founder of Fox-IT, will leave his role as director on 1 January, 2018. Prins founded Fox-IT in 1999 together with Menno van der Marel. Their mission: to make a valuable contribution, in an innovative way, to the fight against cyber crime. Fox-IT became the first digital forensic research agency in the Netherlands and, under the management of Prins and Van der Marel, grew to a turnover of 28.5 million euros. It was acquired by NCC Group in 2015.
Prins’ responsibilities will be assigned to various people within Fox-IT. Some of these responsibilities have already been re-assigned over the previous months. Prins will still remain with Fox-IT in an advisory role after 1 January, 2018.
Prins thinks it’s time for a change. He commented: “I am proud that Fox-IT has become a decisive player in the field of cyber security and that we have kept pace with a rapidly growing market. The acquisition by NCC Group has given Fox-IT an opportunity to move on to the next phase of its journey, and it is time for me to move forward as well.
“Cyber security has become a national security issue instead of just a technical issue. So, I will remain active in the field of cyber security on a strategic level.”
Joost Halkes, Managing Director of Fox-IT, believes Ronald Prins is the personification of cyber security in the Netherlands: “I have great respect for the way in which he has put cyber security on the national agenda in Dutch society. This has helped Fox-IT to become a leading cyber security player in Europe. What started as his personal mission is now being adapted by more than 300 employees. “
Looking forward, the strategy is clear. Together with NCC Group, Fox-IT will expand internationally based on four key pillars:
- We will remain focused on the most challenging and impactful assignments and conduct independent research related to major incidents, such as espionage by foreign intelligence services.
- We will continue to work on high-quality cryptographic solutions for the protection of state secrets. These solutions are becoming increasingly more in-demand.
- We will use our knowledge to work on innovative and scalable cyber security solutions for both customers and partners.
- By combining all of the above, we are the most attractive employer for hackers and security specialists.