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What do you think the priorities and challenges will be in the years to come?
One of the greatest challenges will be the increasing necessity to integrate IT security into other areas of security. Over time, it will become increasingly more difficult to protect ICT-based processes and data primarily through ICT measures.
Another challenge will be to more clearly regulate how data is handled when exchanged across international borders. At the moment there’s still quite a bit of conflict potential in terms of inter-state transmissions plus a large number of legal ambiguity and in some cases even inconsistencies for companies with international operations.
Last but not least, a further challenge at the international level will be increased consolidation and the incorporation of Switzerland’s specific concerns with regard to cyber related aspects of companies and public administrations in terms of security policy and economic initiatives and associated standardization efforts. Being actively involved in these matters at the international level is important, especially for a country that relies heavily on ICT tools.
Generally speaking: Is Switzerland ready for the digital future?
Just how ready Switzerland is as a whole remains to be seen. Many countries have published a cyber security strategy over the past two or three years. One interesting aspect of this is that most of these strategies call for the creation of so-called National Cyber Security Centres (NCSCs). The approach adopted by these NCSCs is primarily to link technical capabilities with existing non-technical and strategic elements. Their goal is to take any relevant information on incidents and threats gained through this cooperation and make it available to the various companies and institutions. Germany for instance, called into life a Cyber Defense Center in 2012, which is modeled on this concept. Switzerland had already adopted this approach in 2004 with the creation of MELANI.
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