Developed in Belgium’s northern region of Flanders, Rijndael is an algorithm used to scramble data shared on computer networks. The brainchild of Leuven University, it was first adopted by the US government after approval by the NSA to secure classified and top-secret information. Today, the algorithm is used to encrypt and protect internet traffic, hard disks, banking transactions and more around the globe.
Rijndael isn’t the only flagship contributing to Flanders’ reputation in cybersecurity and other digital niches. Pioneers such as Robert Cailliau, one of the co-inventors of the internet, and Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, have gained celebrity status in ICT entourages worldwide. As new bright minds take the tech stage in Flanders, the list grows longer by the day. Wim Sohier, science and technology councilor at Flanders Investment & Trade highlights 3 recent success stories from Flanders, Belgium’s northern region. (This article was first published via LinkedIn Pulse).