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Cyber-Defence Campus

Cyber threats have substantially increased in recent years. To this end, the Cyber Defence Campus (CYD) was founded in January 2019 in order to anticipate cyber developments more quickly. It forms the link between DDPS, industry and science in research, development and training for cyber defence.

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What is the cyber-defence campus?

CYD Campus conferences

This year’s Cyber-Defence Campus conference will take place on 28 September in collaboration with the CRITIS 2021 (international Conference on Critical information Infrastructures Security). At the conference, experts from academia and industry will hold talks on key topics in the area of critical infrastructure protection. The conference brings together stakeholders from government, industry and academia to exchange insights on current and future challenges and drivers in cyberspace.


Cyber Startup Challenge

In order to discover the startup technology landscape and to submit innovative and concrete solutions for the protection of critical infrastructures to the DDPS, the Cyber Startup Challenge of the CYD Campus was held for the first time in 2020.

With this year’s slogan«Boost your Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)», innovative technological solutions in the field of cyber threat intelligence with a focus on critical infrastructure protection are sought. The technology of the winning company should have a significant impact on the daily work of cyber defence in Switzerland and will be integrated in the existing infrastructure of the DDPS. 


Collaboration with industry

One of our mission is to transfer new research developments and technologies into Proof of Concepts and prototypes for the Swiss Armed Forces. To achieve this goal, we work closely with academic institutions and industrial partners. Collaboration with startups and the established security-relevant technology and industry base (STIB) occurs via a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) or in projects funded by armasuisse through research mandates. Organizations interested in collaborations should contact us here

CYD Fellowships

Cyber Defence Research in Switzerland

Are you studying at a Swiss university and want to actively promote research in the area of safety and data sciences? Then the Cyber-Defence Fellowships could be just the right thing for you!

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) and the Cyber Defence (CYD) Campus have joined forces in research and education in the area of cyber defence. The Cyber-Defence Fellowships are open to researchers and students at master, PhD and postdoc level.

You can register at: Applicant Portal CYD Fellowship

CYD Campus Conferences

The Action Plan for Cyber Defence DDPS (APCD)

The DDPS plan of action for cyber defence comprises altogether four parts. These include control by the DDPS Secretariat General, secure operation of systems for information and communication technology (ICT) and infrastructures, defence and action in cyberspace and the Cyber Defence Campus (CYD Campus).

The tasks of the CYD Campus cover three main areas:

  • Early identification of the rapid developments in the cyber area. These include comprehensive technological and market monitoring, international scouting and a collaboration network as well as the management of a research programme.
  • New solution approaches will be developed and the security and efficiency of existing systems checked in close cooperation with industry and universities.
  • Training cyber specialists. Talents at master, PhD and postdoc level will be trained for future challenges in the Campus.

Functional Architecture Cyber-Defence Campus
«The Action Plan for Cyber Defence» (APCD) of the DDPS

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