Awareness-raising among the general public

Awareness-raising among the public brings its own set of challenges, owing to the diversity and different demands of the target audiences.

In Switzerland, however, numerous players are involved in efforts to make computer-based devices and the internet safe to use, and contribute to cybersecurity. Accordingly, many projects are under way and various offerings have become available.

The NCSC wants to coordinate the various demands and planned as well as ongoing projects, and support them wherever possible. Ultimately, the goal is to exploit synergies and reach as many users as possible. Since 2020, the NCSC has already supported a number of projects aimed at different target audiences.

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) 2023 - Social Engineering

The annual Europe-wide initiative is organised by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), together with the EU member states, and this year is dedicated to the topic of social engineering. As a cooperation partner of ENISA, the NCSC is taking an active role in the campaign. In order to raise awareness of social engineering among the general public, the NCSC has worked with various organisations to develop targeted content for young people, working people and senior citizens. The partner networks distributed all campaign material across Switzerland.

NCSC: Launch of the European Cybersecurity Month devoted to social engineering

NCSC: European Cybersecurity Month (ESCM): Tips for young people

NCSC: European Cybersecurity Month (ESCM): Tips for working people

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SUPER campaign 2023

Regularly backing up data is very important and makes a significant contribution to cybersecurity. If you can rely on a backup of your data, you have a safety net should it be encrypted and blackmailed by cybercriminals or if you lose your device. In September, the NCSC, Swiss Crime Prevention (SCP) and the cantonal and city police forces have launched a national awareness campaign on the importance of backing up data. The campaign was supported by the internet security platform iBarry and "eBanking – but secure!" (EBAS).

SUPER campaign 2023

Stolen user data is often at the origin of a cyberattack. Strong passwords can prevent considerable damage. The NCSC, Swiss Crime Prevention (SCP) and the cantonal and city police forces, with the support of the internet security platform iBarry and "eBanking – but secure!" (EBAS), have conducted a national awareness campaign on password security in May.

SUPER campaign 2022

Cyberattacks via email and messenger services are on the rise. They can be detected by critically examining messages, thereby making it possible to avoid major financial losses and personal suffering. To promote public awareness, the NCSC and Swiss Crime Prevention SCP, together with the cantonal and city police forces, ran the national cybersecurity awareness campaign from 5 September to 16 October 2022.

SUPER campaign 2021

In close collaboration with Swiss Crime Prevention (SCP), the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Swiss Internet Security Alliance SISA, it ran SUPER, a national awareness campaign; over a five-day period, awareness was raised among the general public about the safe use of computers and smartphones.


The following webinars were held as part of the SUPER campaign:

How is a password cracked?

Make it difficult for criminals to access your data. In this webinar, we will show you why strong passwords are so important and the key points to consider.

Oliver Hirschi, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lecturer, Head of “eBanking – but secure!”
Katja Dörlemann, Security Awareness Specialist, SWITCH

Voice phishing – a case study

How do prosecution authorities deal with the challenges of fighting cybercrime? We demonstrate with a practical example.

Sandra Schweingruber, Federal Attorney, Cybercrime Specialist, Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland
Dominique Trachsel, Head of Awareness-Raising and Prevention, NCSC

How does malware work?

Malware is insidious. It infects computers and often carries out unwanted and harmful actions unnoticed. Find out what you can do if your computer is infected.

Sophie Nägeli, Cybersecurity Project Manager, NCSC
Mauro Vignati, Head of Vulnerability Management, NCSC

Last modification 01.01.2024

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