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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.


What is the cyber-defence campus?

Blockchain in Cyberdefence - A Technology Review from a Swiss Perspective

Since the advent of bitcoin in 2008, the concept of a blockchain has widely spread. Besides crypto currencies and trading activities, there is a wide range of potential application areas where blockchains are providing the main building block for secure solutions. From a technical point of view, a blockchain involves a set of cryptographic primitives to provide a data structure with security and trust properties. However, a blockchain is not a golden bullet. It may be well suited for some problems, but often an inappropriate data structure for many applications.

In this paper, we review the high-level concept of a blockchain and present possible applications in the military field. Our review is targeted to readers with little prior domain knowledge as a support to decide where it makes sense to use a blockchain and where a blockchain might not be the right tool at hand.

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

The registration deadline is August 31, 2020.

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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Cyber-Defence Campus
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun

Auf der Mauer 17
CH-8001 Zürich

EPFL Innovation Park, Bâtiment I
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 58 480 59 34