Previous FSS Security Talks

10th SSF Security Talk | Crisis management, 30 March 2022

How crisis-proof is the Swiss political system with its peculiarities, such as federalism or consultation procedures? What is needed for optimal crisis management in terms of structures, processes, communication and leaders? What lessons can be learned from past national security exercises? What was crisis management like in the Corona pandemic? What do we need to optimise in crisis management with a view to the Ukraine war and the electricity shortage?

These central questions were discussed at the 10th FSS Security Talk in Bern by renowned experts such as Major General Georg Klein (Head of Operations Department, German Armed Forces), Rainer Deutschmann (Director of the Crisis Team of the Migros Group), Brigadier Raynald Droz (Commander Military Police), Marianne Binder-Keller (National Councillor), Hans-Jürg Käser (Head of Security Network Exercise 19; former President KKJPD) and Dr. Stefan Holenstein (President of the National Conference of Military Umbrella Organisations (LKMD)). The event was moderated by Dr. Wolfgang Herles (former head of politics at ZDF).

The presentations and the subsequent lively panel discussion allowed for an instructive exchange on the findings of crisis management to date and the future organisation of Swiss crisis management. Experts and practitioners agreed in principle that Switzerland's crisis management had proved its worth. However, there was clearly room for improvement, especially in the organisation and cooperation of the crisis teams.

 The discussion between experts and the interested audience (100 participants) continued at the subsequent aperitif.

      --> A detailed summary report can be found here.

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9th FSS Security Talk |  Security Forces in a Modern State, October 27, 2021

How do social changes affect the work of the security forces? What are the greatest threats to public and private security? What opportunities and risks do new technologies and data analyses bring to policing? How should competences in the security sector between state and private actors be organised, and how does their cooperation work?

These and other questions were addressed by renowned experts such as Thomas Würgler (former commander of the cantonal police Zurich), Dr. Matthias Leese (Center for Security Studies, ETH), Moritz Oberli (EY Switzerland), Eva Hürlimann (Institut Vivacitas) and Armin Berchtold (Association of Swiss Security Service Companies) at the 9th SSF Security Talk at the Bellevue Hotel in Bern.


The two presentations and the subsequent lively panel discussion facilitated a high-level exchange between experts and practitioners on the current and future challenges facing security forces.


With a successful discussion and subsequent aperitif, the highly exciting 9th FSS Security Talk ended with 90 interested guests.



A detailed summary report can be found here

Here you can find a detailed program

Photo gallery (Photography: SSF Secretariate)

8th FSS Security Talk |  Switzerland and Neutrality, August 31, 2021

Is Switzerland's neutrality a bonus or an obstacle in a globalized world? When is it necessary for a neutral country to become active? These and other questions were addressed by renowned experts such as Prof. Dr. Oliver Diggelmann (University of Zurich), Micheline Calmy-Ray (former Federal Councillor), Pälvi Pulli (DDPS), Dr. Thomas Greminger (Geneva Center for Security Research) and Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter (National Councillor, Die Mitte) at the 8th FSS Security Talk at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Berne. 
The input speeches and the subsequent panel discussion allowed for a highly interesting exchange between experts and practitioners on the past, present and future challenges of Swiss neutrality. Neutrality remains one of the most important pillars of Swiss foreign policy. However, the experts' remarks made clear that neutrality or "sitting still and keeping one's distance" from conflicts in a geostrategically changing and globalized world is no longer an option. Neutrality does not automatically offer protection in international conflicts and against the adversities of a disruptive and complex world. As a small political state and an economic middle power, Switzerland is constantly challenged to shape its "foreign policies" actively and wisely. This includes not only foreign and foreign economic policy, but also other topics and policy areas such as security, peace policy, development cooperation, energy and environmental issues, and so on. In all these areas, Switzerland brings an enormous amount of know-how and experience, but also the necessary resources, including financial means, which are well invested. Former Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey aptly summed up the discussion: "Neutrality is a bonus for Switzerland. But the issues and activities involved demand a much higher degree of constant reflection, creative will and commitment than before!" 

With this positive conclusion, the highly exciting 8th FSS Security Talk ended with 90 interested guests and a gratifying number of young participants. 

A detailed summary report can be found here (German)

You can find a detailed program here

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7th SSF Security Talk |  Fake News and Digital Safety - October 1, 2020


What framework conditions do we need to reduce digital security risks and the effects of disinformation / fake news? Renowned experts discussed and lectured on this question at the 7th SSF Security Talk at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to the personal responsibility of users of digital infrastructures, the experts also pleaded for the promotion of media literacy and a critical reflection on further steps in digitalization. Around 100 guests attended the event, which was organised by the FORUM SICHERHEIT SCHWEIZ in cooperation with the Sicherheitspolitisches Forum St. Gallen.

Please find here the concluding report

Video statements are available here

Photo gallery (Photographer: Béatrice Devènes)

6th SSF Security Talk |  Resilience as a Key Skill in the Event of a Crisis - September 10, 2020

In the VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity), the reports of malfunctions and faults with critical services / infrastructures are multiplying. The causes are often unforeseeable, occur surprisingly and therefore have far-reaching consequences. The findings are clear: Classic risk management and individual measures cannot guarantee the survival of networked systems. This applies to companies as well as to the operators of critical infrastructures, to authorities, public safety organizations and the armed forces. Resilience as a safety concept provides the answer to increasingly complex damage scenarios. Strong resilience cushions the negative consequences of faults, irrespective of the trigger. It reduces the duration and intensity of performance failures. This minimizes reputational damage and creates a competitive advantage.

Please find here the concluding report 

Short video excerpts of the Webinar are available here

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5th SSF Security Talk |  Women in Security - November 14, 2019

How can women be involved more strongly in security matters? Federal Councillor Viola Amherd and other distinguished speakers elaborated on this question during the 5th SSF Security Talk at the University of Lucerne. The first-ever female defense minister of Switzerland demanded one thing in particular: concrete action! Around 250 guests participated in the event which was organized by the SWISS SECURITY FORUM in cooperation with the organizations LIPS and SPFZ. 

Please find here the concluding report  and video statements about the 5th Security Talk by the SWISS SECURITY FORUM.

Media coverage: Luzerner Zeitung & Luzerner Rundschau

​Photo gallery (photographer: Stefan Kämpfen, Luzerner Rundschau; Daniel Saxer/iOf; Esther Salzmann)