The National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) is the Confederation's competence centre for cybersecurity and thus the first contact point for businesses, public administrations, educational institutions and the general public for cyberissues. It is responsible for the coordinated implementation of the 2018–2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber-risks (NCS).
In recent years, cyber security has become increasingly important at all levels. It plays a key role in national and international foreign and security policy, and is increasingly becoming an important factor both for the general public and Switzerland as a business location. By creating the NCSC, under the leadership of the Federal Cybersecurity Delegate, the Federal Council aims to support the population, the economy, educational institutions and public administrations in protecting against cyber-risks and improving the security of its own systems.
The Ordinance on Protecting against Cyber-Risks in the Federal Administration (CyRO) adopted by the Federal Council entered into force on 1 July 2020. It provides the legal basis for the creation and expansion of the NCSC, and regulates the structure, tasks and responsibilities of the authorities involved.