Amsterdam internet exchange urges tighter security

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The Amsterdam internet exchange AMS-IX, the largest of its kind in the world, is recommending tighter security on the networks of its 800 members, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday.

‘Every country with a good internet infrastructure is vulnerable,’ said AMS-IX (which is pronounced Amsix) director Henk Steenman. ‘The difference is the Netherlands has a large concentration of internet companies. And this is constantly growing. Look at the recent investments of Google and Microsoft,’ he said.

Steenman said that all the servers in the area formed a significant target for hackersĀ  as internet traffic through Amsterdam increased by 30% in 2016. The internet economy is of great significance to the Dutch economy, ranked alongside Rotterdam seaport and Schiphol airport.

The AMS-IX director said he feels the Dutch government should place more demands on suppliers of software, apps and computers to improve internet security.

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