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Cyber Defence Campus: Fellowships and Other Networking Activities

The Cyber Defence (CYD) Campus of armasuisse Science and Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) are jointly launching a talent programme for research and training in the field of cyber defence. These Cyber Defence Fellowships are open to researchers at master, PhD and postdoc level.

20.03.2020 | armasuisse, WTC4I

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Cyber-Defence Campus

Cyber threats have increased significantly due to the exponential growth of network connectivity. The cyberspace offers hackers the means to cause considerable damage at individual or organisational level and to thus gain commercial, political or other advantages.

The Federation is aware of these threats, which is why the Cyber Defence Campus was officially opened in January 2019. The CYD Campus is a cyber competence centre that is used as an anticipation platform to identify and assess technologies, commercial and social cyber trends and the resulting usage scenarios.

Since then, the CYD Campus has developed much further and, for example, joined up with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to strengthen research in the cyber area and attract talents.  These talents, also known as CYD Fellows, are to promote new solutions for the enormous challenges in the areas of security and data science, by merging basic and applied research in the area of cyber defence.

The CYD students can be matriculated at any Swiss university, by whom they are supervised. They carry out their research in the premises of the CYD campus of EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) as well as on the campus in Thun.

Assignment of this Talent Programme

The goal of the CYD Fellows is to strengthen competence in the area of cyber defence in Switzerland. They will tackle some of the most difficult challenges and research problems of cyber defence by working together with university researchers and representatives of interest from business and the Federation.

The most important goals of this talent programme for cyber defence research include:

  • Generating improved solutions for cyber security and the protection of privacy, which will reduce the asymmetry between attackers and defenders in cyber defence;
  • Accelerating the development of cyber solutions taking into account the features and requirements of the technology industry and the operational ecosystem;
  • Promoting a new generation of talents in the cyber area;
  • Increasing the competitiveness of the Swiss cyber defence community by using synergies between the partners involved and testing new solutions within the Swiss cyber defence research ecosystem.

Instruments of the CYD Campus to Extend the Network

Conferences in Thun und Lausanne: scientifically recognised and practically relevant

The CYD Campus regularly organises its own conferences in order to strengthen its network with industry and academia. This year, two major conferences are to be held in Switzerland: on June 9, 2020 in Thun and from November 3 -  4, 2020 at the EPFL Lausanne.

Swiss Cyber Security Days in Fribourg

The CYD Campus also participates in external conferences, such as the Swiss Cyber Security Days in Fribourg in February 2020. Thanks to the presence at this event, the CYD Campus was able to extend its networks to national stakeholders in business and science.

Register for CYD Fellowships

If you too are studying at a Swiss university and would like to actively drive research in the area of security and data sciences, you can of course apply for a Fellowship. The registration deadline is April 15, 2020. You can register on the following page (English only):