With more than 28 years of experience within security and intelligence, Fred is currently working as the Director Cybersecurity EMEA for Hikvision. In this role, he is responsible for the cybersecurity of the Hikvision products, the corporate IT infrastructure and physical security of Hikvision EMEA. Besides this, he is also the Data Protection Officer (DPO) at Hikvision Netherlands BV.
Fred started his career in 1988 at the Royal Military Academy in The Netherlands as an intelligence & security officer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). In 2008, after resigning as a Lieutenant- Colonel and a military intelligence adviser to the Secretary-General of NATO, he moved to the commercial world. He started in IBM and received his cybersecurity training in Israel. After some years within IBM, he moved to Accenture as a senior manager cybersecurity, specialized in OT security. Then he joined the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) where he became responsible for the Red Team/Blue Team training on ICS/SCADA systems. After this, he started as a CISO at Exact Software, followed by a global CISO role at LeaseWeb, a Dutch hosting company with a global footprint. In 2017, Fred moved to Palo Alto Networks and became the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for North and East Europe, from which he switched to his current role within Hikvision in 2020.
Fred is a cybersecurity spokesman and he is regularly requested for national radio (BNR). He holds an Executive Master of Security & Defense (EMSD) and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam.