Digitisation is increasingly shaping today's society. The economy, operating processes, finance, administration – digitisation affects all areas of modern life. At the same time, security issues are growing in importance in the context of digitisation, and the role of the state is becoming increasingly significant. The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) is reviewing the prerequisites for expanding powers and implementing digitisation at federal level. The FDF is already active in the area of digitisation:



Paying with mobile phones, trading in virtual currencies, crowdfunding: technological developments are posing a major challenge for traditional financial institutions and start-ups. The regulatory environment for the financial sector should promote competition within the sector and enable market access also for service providers with innovative business models.


Digitisation platform

Initially, smaller projects within the FDF should gain experience with new technologies and their practical application. A group of experts generates new products under laboratory conditions and prepares them for implementation.


Federal ICT Strategy 2016-2019

The Federal IT Steering Unit (FITSU) ensures implementation of the information and communication technology (ICT) strategy decided by the Federal Council in the Federal Administration.

The Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT), which is also part of the FDF, is the executive body for the entire Federal Administration.

big data

Future of data processing and data security

Many questions are arising in connection with big data. The expert commission for the future of data processing and data security appointed by the FDF has prepared recommendations for the Federal Council.

On 5 September 2018, the Federal Council took note of its final report. The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) was instructed in cooperation with all of the departments concerned, to analyse the 51 recommendations overall of the expert commission by mid-2019 and to submit the corresponding follow-up work to the Federal Council for a decision to be made.



The Confederation, the cantons and the communes are pursuing a joint eGovernment strategy. The goal of eGovernment is to make administrative activities as close to the citizen, efficient and cost-effective as possible by using information and communication technology (ICT).


Virus warnings and protective measures

In the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI, various partners work together to protect Switzerland's critical infrastructure.

The MELANI website is aimed at private computer and internet users, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland.

Further information

Besserer Schutz im Internet mit der staatlich anerkannten digitalen Identität

Mit einer staatlich anerkannten digitalen Identität können sich Nutzerinnen und Nutzer im Internet sicher und mit voller Kontrolle über die eigenen Daten bewegen. Der Bundesrat will deshalb klare Regeln für diesen digitalen Identitätsnachweis (E-ID) erlassen. Dazu hat er an seiner Sitzung vom 1. Juni 2018 zuhanden des Parlaments eine entsprechende Botschaft verabschiedet. Dossier des EJPD


Press releases "Digitisation"

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