Improving Cybersecurity: How Sovereign Can Switzerland Be?

Much of the essential data for a functioning digital society is controlled by a handful of global corporations. The majority of hardware and software for vital and critical systems are also produced by a few international companies. This dependency entails certain risks. The question therefore arises for Switzerland as to how it can increase its digital independence - its cyber sovereignty.

In 2017 and 2018, SATW already held two top-class events on this topic in Berne. Building on this, SATW and Kickstart are organising an exclusive evening event for decision-makers from administration, business, politics and science as part of Kickstart Cybersecurity Week in Zurich.

Learn from the Federal Delegate for Cyber Security what opportunities he sees for Switzerland in the area of cybersecurity and discuss with experts technological solutions for achieving higher cyber physical sovereignty of Switzerland. Furthermore, you will learn about the innovations, with which the six cybersecurity startups qualified for the Kickstart programme plan to conquer the market. We would be delighted to welcome you.




17.00 Registration

17.30 Welcoming Address

17.45 Adressing Cyber Risk While Embracing Opportunities
Florian Schütz, Federal Delegate for Cyber Security

18.00 Cyber Sovereignty - Reality or Illusion?
Thomas Dübendorfer, President at Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), Information Security Expert

18.20 Cyber Sovereignty - an International View (tba)

18.40 Panel Discussion and Q&A
i.a. with

  • Thomas Dübendorfer
  • Marc Holitscher, CTO Microsoft Switzerland
  • Florian Schütz

19.40    Closing Remarks

19.45    Kickstart Cyber Security Startups Pitch

20.00    Reception/Apero