Presenting our team: Rob Stübener

In this series, we meet programme coordinators from various core partners of the Partnership for Cyber Security Innovation. What do they do, what topics do they consider important? And what is the added value of being a member of PCSI for their company? This first edition features Rob Stübener, Innovation Manager at Achmea.

Rob Stübener works as innovation manager for Achmea where he advises on new and disruptive technologies and also realises trials in the data (analytics) and cybersecurity domain. He also coordinates collaborations on innovation including the PCSI programme!

Since when have you been involved in PCSI and what is your role?

Tom Huitema and I jointly coordinate the PCSI programme.  I have now been involved in the PCSI programme for 1.5 years. Primarily as PCSI coordinator now also as ai. steering committee member and in some projects also as project member. A lot of hats, but I also get a lot of work out of it!

As coordinator, we ensure the staffing of projects from Achmea, solve problems in the projects (e.g. retrieving an agreement on the use of certain data) and share the results of the programme with Achmea stakeholders.

What is the added value for Achmea of participating in PCSI as core partner?

Participation in the PCSI programme brings us several advantages; Most importantly, it allows us as an organisation to already start working on the security opportunities and threats of the future. Thanks to the public-private partnership, we share experience, knowledge and research costs. Within Achmea, we also consider it important to make a positive impact on our society; the PCSI programme realises this by making the results publicly available afterwards. 

As a side effect, we also see that participating in the projects gives colleagues energy (how cool is it to work with e.g. detecting deepfake audio) and contributes to their professionalism.

Which projects are you involved in?

We are currently involved in several projects and have recently completed some. Here is a sample of some of the projects:

  • Collaborative Deception Fleet: Can we monitor and learn from the movement of hackers on a collaborative deception environment.
  • Deepfake Audio Detector: In this research, we are trying to detect deepfake audio. A threat of which we are already seeing the first cases of scams.
  • CausalAI DDoS: Is it possible to predict applicative DDoS attacks explainably through CausalAI.

Where are opportunities for the future?

Generative AI offers opportunities for the security domain. From partially generating pentest reports to automatically reviewing code. However, the deployment of Generative AI also introduces new threats to your IT landscape. And could also allow attackers to use Generative AI for e.g. a sophisticated phishing campaign against your organisation.

In addition, we are collecting more and more data, but rules around the deployment of data and models are becoming increasingly strict and complex. As a result, analyses with different organisations or sometimes even within organisations can no longer take place. Meanwhile, there are several techniques that make it possible to perform joint analyses but where the data is not shared (e.g. federated learning).

Finally, I am also curious about the impact of post quantum encryption on our existing IT landscape. How easily do you move to a different encryption standard, what does this do to performance and cloud costs?

Fortunately, the above topics are on the PCSI security trend radar and we will be exploring some of them soon!

Personally, I can't wait!

Rob Stübener


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