By Jürg Schneider, Hugh Reeves

On 27 August 2018 the Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES) published the Minimum Standard for Improving ICT Resilience (minimum ICT standard), together with a self-assessment tool. Compliance with this standard should allow organisations to successfully fend off cyberattacks and mitigate cyber-risks.

The minimum ICT standard primarily targets critical infrastructure providers (ie, providers of services which are necessary for the supply of basic services such as electricity and water). However, because cybersecurity is a universal concern and the standard’s scope is broad, FONES expects that the standard will be useful for all businesses and organisations operating in Switzerland.