Swissmem press release: Security – a key topic for Switzerland and its …


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The 15th Swissmem Industry Day took place today at THE HALL in Dübendorf under the title “In the firing line – safety and resilience for industry and society”. More than 800 participants from business, politics, administration and research participated. Renowned personalities such as Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Martin Hirzel, President of Swissmem spoke about security policy in Switzerland and Europe and the importance of security in industrial companies in a context where physical and digital attacks are on the rise.

Former NATO Secretary General and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen opened the event and presented his analysis of the security situation in Europe. According to him, there is no doubt: “In the short term, an increase in tensions between autocratic and democratic systems is inevitable”. only by understanding the geopolitical risks can you be one step ahead of your competitors.” For Philippe Amon, president and CEO of SICPA, the strategy is similar: “The overall strategic dynamic is increasingly aggressive. Our success lies in our ability to be able to act in predictable ways.”

Martin Hirzel, chairman of Swissmem, also commented on security policy: “For years, we have seen a return to protectionism, nationalism and militarism in several states. Internationally, the law of the strongest prevails. The situation is particularly complicated. In my opinion , it is time for Switzerland to re-commit itself more to an international system based on international law, multilateralism, cooperation and trade”.

Ueli Maurer, head of the Federal Department of Finance, the department responsible for cybersecurity in the Confederation, underlined: “Cybersecurity has the political support of all political parties”.

MEM companies are victims of numerous attacks

In times of digitalization, industrial companies are highly threatened by cybercrime. Both cyber attacks and physical attacks are an ongoing threat today. As part of Industry Day, Martin Hirzel presented the results of a survey carried out by Swissmem among its member companies in cooperation with the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Bern. They show that all businesses, regardless of size, can be hit by attacks. The potential for damage is enormous and can, in extreme cases, jeopardize the very existence of a business. As a result, Swissmem affiliated companies are very aware of these risks. Virtually all companies implement measures

sights. Thanks to these measures, 82% of attacks considered very serious had no consequences or could be resolved in the short term. Martin Hirzel, President of Swissmem, draws the following conclusions: “I am pleased to see that among Swissmem members there is a strong awareness of cyber attacks and physical threats. prepared to be able to counter such attacks”.

During a roundtable, Irina Leutwyler, CEO of WESCO SA, Barend Fruithof, CEO of Aebi Schmitt SA and Andrea Roth, CEO of Geobrugg SA, illustrated their experiences and lessons learned related to attacks on their companies. On behalf of everyone, Irina Leutwyler supported the Swissmem president’s statement: “We are constantly preparing for the next attack. Because it will come!”

The Industry Day was completed by a podium with the participation of National Councilors Maja Riniker (PLR), Edith Graf-Litscher (PS) and National Councilors Franz Grüter (UDC) and Gerhard Andrey (The Greens).


For any information:

Jonas Lang, Deputy Director of Communications
Such. +41 44 384 48 33 / mobile +41 79 777 41 36

Philippe Cordonier, head of French-speaking Switzerland
Such. +41 21 613 35 85 / mobile +41 79 644 46 77

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