Information and communication infrastructures have changed the private sector, the state and society considerably. Use of the cyber sector (e.g. the Internet and mobile networks) has brought many advantages and opportunities.
However, digital networking has also led to information and communication infrastructure being abused for the purposes of crime, intelligence gathering, terrorism and power politics or its operation being compromised. Disruptions, manipulation and targeted attacks which are carried out via electronic networks are risks arising from the information society. It must be assumed that these will tend to increase in the future and become more professional.
National strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS)
As the protection of information and communication infrastructure from cyber threats lies in Switzerland's national interest, in 2012 the Federal Council decided to draw up the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS). This was followed one year later by the adoption of the implementation plan, which shows how the 16 measures in the NCS should be implemented by the end of 2017.
The Federal Council instructed the Federal Department of Finance FDF to start implementing the strategy in collaboration with the administration, the cantons and the private sector, and in addition to set up a coordination unit. This coordination unit is part of the Federal IT Steering Unit (FITSU) in the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI).
Last modification 28.03.2017