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Research Program 3a - Secure in cyberspace

Cyberspace has become a military domain of operations, and an increasing number of nations are preparing to use it. This development requires essential adjustments in the Armed Forces, which are comparable with the expansion of warfare into airspace around 100 years ago. However, in cyberspace, as in the air, it is not merely a matter of preparing for a conflict, but about maintaining the constant availability, integrity and confidentiality of the functions on which we are dependent. The hitherto prevailing approach of reactive, selective action must be replaced by a logic of anticipation and resilience, in order to cope with major events which could increasingly take place simultaneously.

Cyberspace und Information

The constant further development and penetration of digitalisation in society are making cyberspace a key area for modern conflicts and wars. The likelihood of cyberspace attacks occurring in Switzerland is very high, yet it is hard to predict how much damage could be caused.

 The goal of the programme is to build up and secure technological expertise in order to identify, assess and reduce risks in cyberspace. Due to the very short technology cycles and the rapidly changing level of threat, the research focuses are guided agilely by the current trends and the needs of the Swiss Armed Forces at the Cyber Defence Campus. Concepts are being developed which recognise anomalies in data traffic in own networks and thus detect attacks which can be displayed on an operational picture of the cyber domain of operations. To protect own networks, competences will be built up to support operations for active defence against attacks or to deceive enemy players in cyberspace. Specific vulnerability analyses in critical infrastructures and mobile devices, cyber security in aerospace as well as post-quantum cryptography round off the portfolio.

Modern laboratory infrastructures are being used to examine research results in a realistic military environment. In addition to a cyber security lab for researching the security of software and hardware components in an isolated environment, domain-specific labs exist to examine the security of future vehicle, aircraft, satellite, internet and 5G communication.

Competence areas

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Digitalisation leads to the fact that information and communication infrastructures are increasingly being abused for criminal, intelligence, power-political or terrorist purposes. In order to detect threats early and increase our resilience in cyberspace, new security technologies and cyber defence methods are being developed.

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Cyber operations and actions in cyber space are gaining in military significance. The response capability of restricting possible consequences during incidents, if necessary even defence against cyber attacks by active defence countermeasures is being examined here. 

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The cyber threat situation is characterised by several possible threats. These vary with regard to the purpose of an attack, the participants behind the attacks and those affected. New approaches and procedures are being examined in order to present an overall operational picture of the activities and threats in cyberspace.  

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In order for the Armed Forces, but also critical infrastructures, to remain operational in emergency situations and crises, they must have access to functioning and secure information and control systems at all times. This requires highly secure, robust and autonomous cyber infrastructures. Automated methods for finding and eliminating vulnerabilities are being examined for this purpose. 

Network

A wide network of partners from the professional world, academia, universities and other research institutes in Switzerland and abroad is actively used and maintained in order to develop expertise. In order to keep track of skills and capabilities, close contact and an exchange of information is maintained with users and the planning, procurement and test centres of the DDPS.

Research Program Manager

Research Program Manager
Dr. Vincent Lenders

Our «Secure in cyberspace» research program manager is delighted at your interest.

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Science and Technology Field of Study of Cybersecurity and Data Science
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Research Program Manager

Dr. Vincent Lenders
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Science and Technology

Field of Study of Cybersecurity and Data Science
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun