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.
Dr. Malin Michelle Ziehmer-Wenz
CISO/DPO, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
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.
First layer of protection – The SWITCH DNS Firewall protects all devices effectively before a connection is established to any malicious systems.
SWITCH is supporting the Swiss Internet community by establishing security awareness platforms and offering services to raise awareness.
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