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Security concerns us all! Security affects not only the army, police and emergency services, but all areas of activity and life. Government institutions are just as affected as companies, SMEs and employees. In addition to the economy and the state, the protection of the population is of central importance. Open societies are highly vulnerable. Internal security / citizen security are therefore important issues, as is the peaceful coexistence of people from various ethnic backgrounds, religions and milieus.

The world is constantly changing and so are the threats. There are more and more dangers (war, catastrophes, attacks, cyber attacks etc.) and increasing hybrid forms of threats (warlike conflicts, terrorist attacks, crisis situations etc.) which can hit us suddenly and unprepared.

For this reason, the SWISS SECURITY FORUM wants to focus on this broad spectrum of topics together with partners from business, politics, civil society and academia over the next few years and provide neutral information.

Knowledge, understanding for the connections, awareness and resilience are important elements which are decisive for a new security discourse. Security concerns us all! Everyone can and must contribute to our security!

Civil Security

The security of citizens is an issue of great social relevance. It affects women as well as men, young and senior citizens etc. equally. The SWISS SECURITY FORUM wants to involve all groups in this dialogue.

This includes the following topics:

  • Women and security: How safe are women in society?

  • Youth and security: How do young people relate to security?

  • Seniors and security: Is security still guaranteed at an older age?

  • Data protection: How secure is my personal data?

  • Social security: Can social tensions arise in Switzerland?

  • Health security: Is public health at risk? What does it mean when more and more people travel and when goods from distant countries reach us?

  • Migration/religious minorities: How will migration affect Switzerland's security?

  • Crisis situations:

    1. Terrorism: How safe is our society from attacks?

    2. Extremism / radicalisation: What are the reasons - what can be done about it?

  • Disasters and resilience: How well is society prepared for unforeseen events?

Security Policy and Military Security

Traditional security policy is an important part of the dialogue on security.The armed forces, and civil society all have different functions and interests. But security can only work if the various actors interact and understand each other. The SWISS SECURITY FORUM therefore wants to promote this dialogue.

Issues:

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  • Defence and neutrality: Within which framework should Swiss-neutrality operate?

  • Security in Europe: What role does Switzerland play in the security framework of Europe?

  • Foreign and security policy: What foreign and security policy does Switzerland need?

  • Future of the Swiss Armed Forces: What do the Swiss Armed Forces of the future look like?

  • Cyber-attacks: How must / can the Confederation, Cantons and authorities arm themselves against cyber attacks?

  • Intelligence service / surveillance: What tasks does the intelligence service have in the digital age?

Police Security and Emergency Services

The public space is highly relevant for security. This is associated with actors such as the police, fire departments and other emergency services. These institutions and their experts are an important part of the dialogue that the SWISS SECURITY FORUM intends to promote.

​Topics:

  • Security City/Country: Is the countryside safer than the cities?

  • Organised crime: What threats arise from organised crime?

  • Surveillance: Where are the limits of state surveillance?

  • Emergency services: How does the interaction of various security forces (police, fire brigade, ambulance, etc.) work in an emergency?

  • Crisis-Situations:

    • How can one prepare for crisis situations?

    • Are the inhabitants of Switzerland prepared for crisis situations? How resilient is the Swiss population in an emergency?

Economy and Security

Security is a central factor of prosperity. Business and industry not only need a stable political framework, but also the guarantee that they are protected against attacks and assaults. The protection of a country's critical infrastructures is essential. But the general protection of companies and SMEs also poses a major challenge. In addition to known classic dangers, there are more and more risks associated with the digitalisation of the economy and society.

 Topics:

  • Critical infrastructures: How is the security of critical infrastructures guaranteed?

  • Cyber security: How can companies counteract the danger of cyber attacks? What to do after a cyber attack? 

  • Security of transport routes and energy supply in Switzerland: What protection concepts are there and what does this mean for the population in the event of a crisis?

  • What is the significance of private security services and security companies for the economy and the population?

Science / Education and Security

Constant technological progress and globalization bring innovation and open up new business fields. This benefits science, education and research as well as the industry. The downside of new technologies and their application are new risks that make the daily lives of scientists, researchers and experts more difficult.

Topics:

  • What does security mean? - A philosophical approach on the topic of security

  • Security versus freedom: What is the relationship between freedom and security in modern society?

  • Is the world less secure than it used to be, or is subjective perception simply different today?

  • New technologies and security: What are the issues and trends? What opportunities and risks do they entail?

  • What are the prospects for development in the field of security technology?

  • Security Research in Switzerland: This is connected, for example, with the question of which measures are effective and what are the objectives in the field of security?

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