Since the invention of computers, cyber attacks have largely evolved. Led by the generalisation of computer exchanges and the proliferation of new targets, today they are multiplied. The canton of Vaud has serious assets to counter this global challenge.


Disruptions, misdirections, tampering, and other targeted attacks via electronic networks are among the cyber risks that are part and parcel of the information society. In a world that is ever more connected and interdependent, IT attacks are becoming increasingly inevitable, with cybercrime no longer the exclusive domain of a handful of experts – indeed, nowadays it seems to be a service that can be purchased by the highest bidder.

Ransomware, viruses, denial-of-service attacks, data theft, Trojan horses, counterfeiting, identity theft, malware – the list goes on. The fight against cyber crime and its various manifestations has become a major preoccupation. However, under the current absence of appropriate protective measures, companies, public services and individuals are likely to see their data exposed.

Switzerland is particularly well-positioned to respond to this challenge and become a global leader in cybersecurity. With a long-standing reputation for discretion, security and reliability in sensitive industries and activities, and with a wealth of expertise in basic and applied research, Switzerland is an attractive place for companies and investors. Unsurprisingly then, a large number of companies and organisations involved in data management and confidential transactions have a strong presence in the country: NGOs, banks, healthcare companies responsible for the data of millions of clients, etc.

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The TRUST VALLEY: a center of excellence on Lake Geneva in digital trust and cybersecurity

08.10.2020 - The "TRUST VALLEY" was launched on Thursday, October 8, 2020. The initiative is an alliance for excellence, supported by multiple public, private and academic actors.

Vaud and Geneva join forces to create the TRUST VALLEY

19.06.2020 - The pandemic has accelerated the digital transition of our economy and society. It has made visible their dependence on digital infrastructures and services that have become unavoidable. In this context, the Cantons of Vaud and Geneva have joined forces in an unprecedented way to create "TRUST VALLEY", a public-private partnership aimed at promoting excellence in the Lake Geneva region in the field of digital trust and cybersecurity ( in French).