Previous FSS Security Talks

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

Photo gallery (Photographer: Daniel Saxer):

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)

4th SSF Security Talk | E-ID: The transparent citizen in the cyber world - October 2, 2019

The first public event on E-ID after the enactment of the new law about electronic identification has generated great interest : more than 80 SSF members and guests discussed about identification in the cyber world. 

The keynote speakers Adrian Perrig (ETH) and Markus Naef (Swiss Sign Group) elucidated trust-building in the digital world and clarified misunderstandings about E-ID. Thereafter, a diverse panel with representatives of business and politics discussed about the opportunities and threats of the planned Swiss E-ID and the division of tasks between the public and the private sector. 

The 4th SSF Security Talk made clear that Switzerland will face an intense and interesting debate about E-ID. 

Please find here the concluding report, videostatements  and the press release in German about the 4th SSF Security Talk

​Photo gallery (photographer: Béatrice Devènes)