ICT unit and technical investigation

The technological possibilities at the AIVD and MIVD’s disposal to obtain, analyse and use large amounts of data have increased considerably in recent years. The work field that the CTIVD has to oversee is changing and consequently the CTIVD is adapting in response. 

From 1 September 2016, the CTIVD employs an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser, which was the first step towards forming an ICT unit. On 1 May 2018, a data specialist joined the ICT unit. In the summer of 2019 a cyber security specialist and an IT architect were added to the unit.

The ICT unit advises the CTIVD on the changes that are necessary for it to continue exercising effective oversight on the activities of the services that are becoming increasingly digitized.  The ICT unit also advises and supports the legal review officers where possible, conducts technical investigations and advises the CTIVD in the area of complex technical issues.

The CTIVD continuously monitors which technical expertise is required to perform its tasks under the Intelligence and Security Services Act 2017 and the Security Screening Act 2017. In consultation with the AIVD and the MIVD, the CTIVD is examining how the services can introduce safeguards in their systems for the purpose of internal checks, thereby enabling effective external oversight by the CTIVD.