Dr. Nicole S. van der Meulen has been working in the field of cybersecurity for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Strategic Analyst at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. In that capacity, she functions as the Team Leader of the Strategy & Development team. Prior to her arrival at EC3, she was an Advisor of Security Affairs at the Dutch Banking Association. Previously, she led the cybersecurity part of the Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) team at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, where she worked as an analyst.
From 2010 – 2012, she worked as a Cyber Security advisor at GOVCERT.NL, the predecessor to the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL), where she was co-responsible for the development of the first Cyber Security Threat Assessment, before returning to academia at the start of 2012 as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transnational Legal Studies at the VU University in Amsterdam. In 2010 she obtained her PhD based on a comparative study between the United States and the Netherlands on digital financial identity theft at the Law Faculty of Tilburg University. She studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Bachelor of Arts, 2005, Cum Laude) and VU University Amsterdam (Master of Science, 2006, Cum Laude).