ICT Security Expert with Federal Diploma

The course will prepare you for the Swiss Federal Examination and enhance your cyber security knowledge and expertise

50% Funding

Those who register for the federal examination are entitled to a 50% refund, by the Swiss Government, out of the course fee.

520 Hours

Fully Online

At 8 – 10 hours / week

course start dates
May 2021

(3 Semesters/18 months) 

November 2021

(2 Semesters/18 months) 


Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature as the first part of federal examination is set exclusively in English.

Information Event: Online

02 March 2021, 12:30 – 13:30 CET

Information Event: Online

16 March 2021, 12:30 – 13:30 CET

Academic Director of Cyber Security Programs at Swiss Cyber Forum

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., CRISC

Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cyber Security Professor, University of Washington

ICT Security Expert, Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education

ICT Security Expert course prepares professionals from all industries for the federal examination and increasingly complex future of cyber security. Participants will gain a full understanding of the challenges and potential of information security compliance, and management systems, along with the frameworks and definitions of governance for an information security strategy to help secure their organisation’s cyber-resilient future.

Over one year, participants will access key tools, principles, and frameworks from international professors and academic instructors. Participants will learn how to evaluate and implement information security solutions, ensure information security incident handling, and create a competitive advantage for their organisation.

This course is designed specifically for full time working professionals, the programme design will help busy professionals learn faster and more efficiently, and use best practice and technologies to enhance the collaborative learning experience and build rapport among programme participants.

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The ICT Security Expert works for a private company or a public institution in the field of information security and takes responsibility regarding the issue of “cyber security” throughout the entirety of the organization.

Aware of potential cyber threats, they cover the entire context of information security within the organization. Therefore, the ICT Security Experts put together and manage efficient protective measures and strategies, while always staying informed about new technologies. Constant communication with various stakeholders is necessary to convey details relating to cybersecurity.

ICT Security Experts need to be closely linked with the organization they work for, so that they can carry out their professional activities efficiently. This means that they must be knowledgeable regarding the structure, modus operandi, products, goals, and governance of the organization. ICT Security Experts will identify & assess any potential risk, define & coordinate protective measures against it, while also ensure that the defensive measures are effective.

ICT Security Experts are responsible with:

  • Anchoring the security strategy of the organization
  • Establishing the Information Security Management System 
  • Managing the security programs that the organization might use
  • Collaborating on a constant basis with the stakeholders
  • Creating awareness regarding security through different events
  • Overall securing the information of the organization

The ICT Security Expert must be prepared for a variety of tasks and functions. Their work environment covers the entirety of the organization and they need to manage projects, advise, and contribute with their expertise in different teams, as well as work independently.

As the entirety of the organization is the working ground of the ICT Security Expert, he must communicate efficiently with different stakeholders and respond to security problems relevant to any part of the organization.

The framework of the ICT Security Expert’s activities is defined by the industry in which they work, as well as the legal requirements and strategy of the organization.

The safety of an organization’s information is always under threat! Consequently, the ICT Security Expert must always be ready to adapt to new threats. They are engaged in a constant learning process, testing new technologies and implementing new security strategies in their own area of responsibility. The ICT Security Expert is ready to innovate and to exchange knowledge with other specialists. Such networks must be built and supported by the ICT Security Expert.

We are Education Partner with ICT Berufsbildung Switzerland

Cyber Security Skills Needed


Over 117,900 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specialists will be needed in Switzerland by 2028

Highlights of Our Course

ICT Security Expert
Learn anytime anywhere in Switzerland

The next course will start online in May 2021, in the same day, simultaneously throughout Switzerland. You can attend this course while working full time, from anywhere in Switzerland;

ICT Security Expert
Real-world cyber security challenges from industry experts 
The content and structure of our course are designed by internationally recognized cybersecurity academics and experts, with practice-oriented case studies and cyber incident challenges.
Pre-hire screening and career coach 
After finishing our course, we can conduct a pre-hire screening, therefore helping you with your professional career in finding a new job in cyber security.
ICT Security Expert
Government Funding
Those who register for the federal examination are entitled to a 50% refund, by the Swiss Government, out of the course fee, regardless of the results of the exam.

Study Content

Intensive training and security incidents using simulated challenges related to cyber incidents.

The course content is based on the ICT Berufsbildung Competence Framework and highlights.

  • Ensure Information Security Compliance
  • Plan and Monitor Projects
  • Leading and Promoting a Team
  • Ensure Information Security in Business Continuity Management
  • Operate and Improve Information Security Management System
  • Establish Information Security Management System
  • Define and Anchor Governance for an Information Security Strategy
  • Develop Information Security Strategy
  • Create and Promote Awareness for Information Security
  • Evaluate and Implement Information Security Solutions
  • Ensure Information Security Incident Handling
  • Examine and Evaluate the Security of End Devices and Peripheral Devices
  • Investigate and Evaluate the Security of Storage Solutions
  • Examine and Evaluate the Security of Applications and Server Services

Admission Requirement 

In order to qualify for the federal examination, you must have at least three years of professional experience in the field of IT Security / Information and Communication Technologies / Cybersecurity field before the exam date.

Course attendance without participating in the Federal Examination is possible. For further details, please consult the Which conditions do I need to fulfill?” further down the page, in our FAQ section.

Key Facts and Course Fee


Greatly improve your cybersecurity and soft skills through real-world experiences and case studies, using Swiss Cyber Forum’s international approach to education. Learn from some of the most experienced cyber security experts and professors worldwide.

Train through us for one of the most prestigious and sought-after Diplomas in cybersecurity in Switzerland!


English. Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature. Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature. Regardless if you are living in the German, French or Italian part of Switzerland, you can enroll in our course.


Swiss Cyber Forum’s Online Campus is excellent for learners, having information clearly laid-out, with different modules, and clear timetables to work on. The lessons will take place in two learning formats:

  • Self-paced learning – online total 8–10 hours per week;
  • The weekly virtual classroom, which will take place on every Tuesday.


CHF 15’900

Before Government Funding

CHF 7,950

After Government Funding


Total cost after reimbursement of federal
contribution CHF 6,950



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Email: academy@swisscyberforum.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

To be able to attend the Federal Examination, one of the following conditions must be met:

  • A tertiary degree in information technology (federal certificate; federal diploma; HF Diploma; bachelor’s degree; master’s degree) or an equivalent qualification and has at least 3 years of professional experience in ICT security


  • Holds a tertiary degree in another field (federal diploma; federal diploma; HF Diploma; bachelor; master) or equivalent qualification and has at least 4 years of professional experience in ICT security


  • Has completed upper secondary education in information technology or equivalent and has at least 6 years professional experience in ICT security


  • Has a secondary level (II) qualification in another field (federal certificate of proficiency; upper secondary school leaving certificate; secondary school leaving certificate for specialized secondary schools; specialized upper secondary school leaving certificate) or an equivalent qualification and has at least 8 years professional experience in ICT security


A proof that the applicant has a clean CENTRAL CRIMINAL REGISTER record with no entry incompatible with the profession is required.

Attending the Course without proceeding to the Federal Diploma examination is possible. To better understand your situation, we will analyze an updated version of your CV. Please contact us for further information and have an updated version of your CV ready!

May 2021 – 3 Semesters / 18 months course | You can attend the Federal Examination in November 2022

November 2020 – 2 Semesters / 12 months course | You can attend the Federal Examination in November 2022

The Swiss Cyber Forum is a recognized training provider by the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation SBFI.

Swiss Cyber Forum’s Online Campus is excellent for learners, having information clearly laid-out, with different modules, and clear timetables to work on.

The lessons will take place in two learning formats: 

  1. Self-paced learning – online 8–10 hours per week;
  2. The weekly virtual classroom, which will take place on every Tuesday.

This course consists of four modules. Each module is broken down into manageable units. You should work throughout the components of these units in the order they are presented. A unit represents a meaningful portion of work, where you can work on different key concepts and cyber incident challenges.

Each module also aligns with a specific set of learning outcomes or learning competences. These relate to the specific learning goals you need to achieve for the federal diploma final examination.

Small group discussions 

Each module in this course offers different topics for you to discuss with your peers. These take the form of discussions in the class-wide forum and optional.

Live sessions 

Each week, you will take part in a live session with your Tutor and classmates. This involves a scenario in which you will learn during the week for specific topics. It is mandatory to participate in the weekly live sessions, which will provide you with an opportunity to engage with the Tutor and ask your questions to your Tutor and peers.

This course is completely online. There is no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your virtual classrooms, lectures, readings and challenges anytime and anywhere via the web or any device.

While information and communication technology are becoming increasingly important in all areas of our lives, so do the vulnerabilities to which we, the rest of society and the economy, are exposed.

ICT Security Experts are an essential player in ensuring that information and data are protected against illegal access. The location factor for Switzerland also plays an important role, as the image of Switzerland being a reliable country is maintained. ICT Security Experts make an important contribution to this.

Good professionals are always in great demand, especially in the cybersecurity sector in Switzerland. Participating in the course makes future carrier prospects very advantageous.

ICT Security Operations Manager: Operating, monitoring and supporting company-wide security systems; analyzing security-relevant events; initiating and monitoring measures to eliminate threats; monitoring the current threat situation and examining any effects on the company

ICT Security Incident Manager: Leading the process of identifying, managing, recording and analyzing security threats or incidents in real time. Planning of preparatory measures and processes.

Cyber Security Engineer: Checking existing components and identifying security flaws. Preparation of risk assessments and analyses. Troubleshooting errors. Development of new components to improve ICT solutions. Further development of the IT architecture.

The course costs a total of CHF 15’900. After you attend the federal examination, you will be refunded half of the course fee by the Swiss Federal Government, regardless of your result in the exam. Further details can be found on the web page of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SBFI.

Course Fee included:

  • Teaching materials and licenses
  • Internal examination fees
  • Registration fee 


Total (before the reimbursement of the federal contribution) – CHF 15’900

Total (after the reimbursement of the federal contribution) – CHF 7’950