Swiss perspectives in 10 languages

Bug bounties to become part of Swiss cyber-security arsenal

computer screen
Hackers – the best defence against hackers, authorities hope. © Keystone

After a pilot project in 2021, authorities now want to systematically draw on the skills of “ethical hackers” to find flaws in government IT systems.

“Often, standardised security tests are no longer sufficient to uncover hidden loopholes” in official websites or software components, the finance ministry wroteExternal link on Wednesday.

As a result, a centralised platform for bug bounty programmes – initiatives which offer financial rewards to hackers to identify cyber vulnerabilities – will be set up and run by the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC). This latter will work with Bug Bounty Switzerland SA, a company with expertise in the area and a large existing community of ethical hackers.

The goal is to extend the schemes to cover “as many Federal Administration systems as possible”, with the first projects to start already this year, the finance ministry said.

The decision follows a pilot project run over two weeks in May 2021 which uncovered ten vulnerabilities – one of them critical – in the IT systems of the foreign ministry and the parliament.

A 2019 bug bounty programme also found an error in the source code of the e-voting system developed by state-owned Swiss Post, marking a major setback in plans to roll out e-voting more widely for Swiss citizens at home and abroad.

More

Most Discussed

News

Amherd and Zelensky

More

Zelensky wants to ‘make history’ at Swiss peace summit

This content was published on While Swiss President Viola Amherd spoke of modest objectives at the two-day Summit on Peace in Ukraine, her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky was more proactive, saying he wanted to make history.

Read more: Zelensky wants to ‘make history’ at Swiss peace summit
Crowds

More

Women’s strike demos held in several Swiss cities

This content was published on All over Switzerland women took to the streets today: in several cities feminist associations called for demonstrations to assert their rights. Events scheduled for the strike were numerous.

Read more: Women’s strike demos held in several Swiss cities

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI swissinfo.ch certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here . Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at english@swissinfo.ch.

SWI swissinfo.ch - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR

SWI swissinfo.ch - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR