SWITCH-CERT for Universities

SWITCH's Computer Emergency Response Team protects the Swiss academic network against cyber attacks. It gives universities early warning of threats and recommends countermeasure.

Service at a glance

SWITCH supports its network costumors through the following services:

  • Incident response and coordination
  • Permanent monitoring of the network to identify security problems
  • Information on the latest security issues
  • Regular meetings, training courses and workshops
  • Advice and advisories in emergency situations
  • Development of innovative security mechanisms 
  • Forensic investigations 
  • Security Awareness

Protecting the Swiss universities’ IT infrastructure is the core business of SWITCH-CERT. Together with its academic customers’ IT security staff and partners around the world SWITCH-CERT works hard to make sure that cybercriminals are kept at bay.

SWITCH-CERT experts analyse all relevant information to mitigate threats against the network customers. Thanks to its large partner network, SWITCH-CERT has access to information earlier, giving customers a head start when a new attack arrives.

Security Working Group - creating synergies

To create synergies from its customers’ know-how, SWITCH formed the Security Working Group as a platform for security experts working at Swiss universities to exchange information and experience.

  • Silvio Oertli
    Head SWITCH-CERT (Universities & Registry)
    +41 44 268 16 28


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.

Security Blog & Twitter