Security Awareness Day 2020

Tuesday, October 27th | 09:00 - 17:00 | University of Bern & online

On The Topic 

A mature approach to information technology requires a basic understanding of its possibilities and the processes behind it. Most people have sufficient knowledge to use the Internet and relevant technology. However, this knowledge is not always sufficient to deal responsibly and self-determined with one's own data. 

The problem has long been recognised. Security Awareness is supposed to solve it. But the challenges are great and many - missing communication expertise, support and resources are just a few. 

The SWITCH Security Awareness Day aims at giving some insights into the different possible ways to deal with security awareness while pointing out where to get support and what is most crucial for being successful.

On site and online

In view of the current situation this year's Security Awareness Day will be hold in form of a hybrid event. Speakers and participants can choose whether to join the event on site or online. 

Please mark the respective section in the registration form. In the Kuppelraum we can welcome max. 20 participants - first come, first served. Those who can join us on site will be notified as soon as possible.

In order to allow networking and involvement of all participants, the online event infrastructure will be provided by Gather ( Detailed information will be sent to all participants before the event. All the presentations and discussions following the presentations will be recorded.

Prepare for a potpourri of insights into theory and practice of Security Awareness 

Target Audience

Talks and discussions are directed to professionals in the fields of eLearning, communications, education, IT, security or marketing. We invite everyone who is responsible for, interested in or curious about security awareness. 

To spread awareness of and educate as well as train users on information security needs interdisciplinary forces.

Talks will be given in English.   



09:00-10:00 Welcome Coffee   


Intro & Organization

Prof. Dr. Angela Sasse (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

From “security awareness” to secure behaviour – what’s stopping us?

Dr. Katharina Bernecker (Universität Zürich)

Insights into the psychology of motivation

Sylvain Besençon (Université de Fribourg)

Insights into anthropology on hacker cultures



Sarah Mühlemann (Digital Self-Defense Foundation) 

From SpyPi to be[a]ware: A Look Behind the Scenes and Learnings from a High School Project Growing Up

Jasmina Mešić (CERT.SI)

Lessons learned: 10 years of raising awareness in Slovenia

Coffee Break


Dr. phil. Stefan Lehmann (Swiss Armed Forces)

Cyber security training at the Swiss Armed Forces - Portfolio and gems of a multi-layered approach

Nikki Böhler (

Raising Awareness with coffee




27th of October 2020 | 9:00 to 17:00


We will implement all measures to comply with the protection concept according to the FOPH with the applicable hygiene and conduct rules.

In order to provide food without breaching the FOPH’s guidelines, SWITCH is offering packaged snacks. All attendees are still free to bring their own food or find a restaurant that has safety guidelines in place.

Security Awareness

SWITCH is supporting the Swiss Internet community by establishing security awareness platforms and offering services to raise awareness.