Switzerland’s independent multi-sector CERT.

Your trusted partner for cyber security

Modern societies heavily rely on the reliable operation of critical infrastructures. Critical infrastructures include utility services, transportation, industry, energy, communication, research and education, and digital infrastructures like networks and domain name resolution. The Swiss Federation and university cantons created the SWITCH Foundation to operate the critical Swiss National Research and Education Network (NREN). Soon after, the Domain Name System (DNS) operation for Switzerland (.ch) and Liechtenstein (.li) joined that list.

SWITCH determined early on that adequate security is integral to the reliable operation of critical infrastructures, which led in 1994 to the SWITCH Computer Emergency and Response Team (CERT) to help Swiss universities tackle cyber threats.

SWITCH-CERT leverages these SWITCH unique connected experts and capabilities, its wide national and international partner network to ensure the necessary head start.

Nowadays, SWITCH-CERT provides services to research and education, the domain registry, banks, industry, logistics, and the energy sector. And by its very nature, it serves the entire Swiss Internet community.

SWITCH-CERT helps you to protect your critical ICT infrastructures against cyberattacks. It provides you with early warnings of potential threats and recommends risk-mitigating measures, as well as unrivalled Swiss threat intelligence.

“SWITCH is an absolutely reliable partner for us in the field of information security. It provides the right support at the right moment.”

“SWITCH is an absolutely reliable partner for us in the field of information security. It provides the right support at the right moment.”

Dr. Malin Michelle Ziehmer-Wenz
CISO/DPO, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Memberships and partners

Memberships and partners

Many security issues handled by CERTs can extend beyond the borders of a single organization. To resolve such incidents, it is paramount for SWITCH-CERT to cultivate a wide range of national and international partnerships.

On a Swiss level, SWITCH-CERT is a founding member of the Swiss Internet Security Alliance (SISA) and the Swiss CERT community (CH-CERTs) and maintains contacts with many government and non-government organizations.

On an international level, SWITCH-CERT is not only an active member in the European TF-CSIRT and global FIRST security communities, as well as RIPE, ICANN, APWG, etc., but also maintains many individual partnerships with security organizations and companies.




Our expertise, your advantage

Independent and transparent

For more than 25 years, SWITCH has stood for a safer internet. As a non-profit foundation, we do not have any ties to specific manufacturers or suppliers.

National and international connections

A national and international cooperation network for cyber security, systematically developed since 1994. (Industry organizations, regulators, federal agencies, law enforcement agencies, FIRST, TF-CSIRT, etc.).

Unique synergies

By monitoring the entire Swiss university network, maintaining the registry and collaborating with the financial, industrial and energy sectors, SWITCH-CERT has created unique synergies in the fight against cybercrime.

Protecting Switzerland's critical infrastructures

SWITCH operates three critical infrastructures for Switzerland: the .ch registry, the national higher education and research network SWITCHlan, and SWITCH-CERT.

Interdisciplinary security expertise

As one of the most versatile centres of security excellence in Switzerland, we offer a wide range of IT security expertise in the complex specialist areas of incident detection and response, threat analysis and hunting, domain security, malware analysis, forensics, big data processing and security awareness.

Threat information sharing

Unparalleled and comprehensive threat intelligence from the monitoring of the entire Swiss higher education network, the domain registry, the financial, industrial and energy sectors, and international partners.

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Our services at a glance

  • Incident handling and support
  • Information services to enable security and helpdesk staff to take action
  • Regular exchange of know-how and threat information
  • Incident Management
  • Forensic investigations
  • Training for your staff
  • Sector specific services can include:
    • Take down of malicious domains
    • Network based threat detection
    • Monitoring of sector specific malware landscape

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SWITCH-CERT brochure “Switzerland's independent multi-sector CERT”

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First layer of protection – The SWITCH DNS Firewall protects all devices effectively before a connection is established to any malicious systems.

Security Awareness

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

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