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ABN AMRO first to market with self-healing cybersecurity software

ABN AMRO is to start using the latest ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity software, which repairs itself when under attack from malignant viruses – much like the human body’s immune system does.


ABN AMRO first to market with self-healing cybersecurity software

Jointly developed by ABN AMRO and TNO, this cutting-edge cybersecurity technology is ready to be deployed.

Cybercriminals look for weaknesses in software used by large companies in order to steal data.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to protect data against cybercriminals as hackers discover new, more effective and more professional ways to find their way around in our digital world. 

“Self-healing security software looks very promising,” comments Martijn Dekker, CISO of ABN AMRO. “We are continuously exploring and experimenting with new technologies to see how much security they will be able to offer in the future. It’s a good way to learn from bioscience and to apply this knowledge to our IT systems.”

ABN AMRO has achieved this by partnering with other financial services providers and companies, as one of the founders of TNO’s Partnership for Cybersecurity Innovation (PCSI).

TNO has been working with these partners for a long time to improve cybersecurity.

The shared goal is clear: to use the research and project results to help arm society against future cyberattacks. The latest development is software based on our own immune system.


This past year, ABN AMRO joined forces with TNO in the Partnership for Cyber Security Innovation (PCSI) to work with various experts, including immunologists, to create and test the software.

“We based our work on the way in which human cells fight viruses and bacteria and regenerate, and translated this into a concept for ICT security. Large organisations such as banks are struggling to ward off cybercriminals, who are continuously coming up with new strategies. This software offers protection by limiting the options available to attackers,” explains Bart Gijsen, who is leading TNO’s Self-Healing Security project.

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