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Cyber-Defence Campus opened

Bern, 21.02.2019 – The Cyber Defence Campus (CYD) of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) commenced operation in January 2019. The CYD campus is an initiative of the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS). It focuses on early detection and observation of current developments in the cyberworld and development of action strategies.

The CYD campus is one of several initiatives of the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS) that were launched to more effectively counter the current challenges of the cyberworld. Under the leadership of armasuisse Science and Technology, experts from the DDPS, industry and universities have joined hands to develop broad expertise in all areas relevant to cyber issues.

The CYD campus officially commenced operation in January 2019. Their remand encompasses early detection of rapid developments in the cyber domain, development of defence technologies, and training of cyber specialists. To ensure access to the latest developments, insights and trends in the cyber domain, the CYD campus works very closely with the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). A CYD department will be opened at EPFL in the spring of 2019, and at ETH in the summer of 2019. Industry and international partners are also integrated in the activities.

The services of the CYD campus are based on existing competences of armasuisse Science and Technology and are constantly being expanded in order to offer the full range of DDPS services as a competence centre.

It will take a while for the campus to be fully effective for the DDPS. The competences and expertise will be built up gradually over the next two years. The initial focus is on areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data analysis.

Further information

Address for further inquiries

Jacqueline Stampfli
Deputy Head of Communication armasuisse
058 464 60 42