ICT Security Expert with Swiss Federal Diploma

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

Course Start Dates

19 January 2022

Preparation for 2022 Exam


520 Hours (Online)

10 - 12 hours / week

Government Funding

50% Funding

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

Online Campus

SCA's Online Campus is excellent for learners to work with information clearly laid-out, with different modules having clear timetables. It is a continuous learning platform for you with simulations, weekly mentor coaching, community chat rooms, and 24/7 access opportunities.

Information Events. Online.

Every Tuesday, Online

12:30 - 13:30

07.10.2021, Zurich

18:00 - 19:00

Prof. Dr. Barbara


Academic Director of Cyber Security Programs at Swiss Cyber Academy

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

ICT Security Expert with Federal Diploma

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

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.

Who is a ICT Security Expert?

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.

Key Professional Competences

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

Professional Practice

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.

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Cyber Security Skills Needed

There will be an estimated 3.5 Million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide by 2021.

Study Content

Intensive training and security incidents using simulated challenges related to information security management.

The course content is based on the ICT Berufsbildung Competence Framework and highlights the following 5 areas of competence:

Business Management

Ensure Information Security Compliance

Project Management
Security/Risk Management
Service Management
System Management

Highlights Of Our Course


Real-world cyber security challenges from industry experts

The structure and teaching methodology of our courses are designed by internationally recognized cybersecurity academics and experts, with practice-oriented case studies and cyber incident challenges.


Learn anytime anywhere
in Switzerland

The next course will start online in May and November 2021, on the same day, fully online. You can attend this course while working full time, from anywhere in Switzerland and other countries.


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.


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.

Admission Requirement

Admission to the examination is granted to those who:

holds a tertiary qualification in the field of Informatics (Federal Diploma of Higher Education; HF Diplom; Bachelor's; Master's) or an equivalent qualification and has at least three years of professional experience in the field of ICT security


has a tertiary qualification in another field (Federal Diploma of Higher Education; HF Diplom; Bachelor's; Master's) or an equivalent qualification and has at least four years of professional experience in the field of ICT security

If you have a different background, please contact us, we will gladly clarify your admission in advance!

Key learning objectives: LEAP


Learn frameworks for effective strategies to ensure that information and data are better protected against illegal access by third parties.


Examine the processes, the value chain, the assets worth protecting, and the strategy of the company.


Access a network of world-class academics, industry experts, and peers to connect and develop ideas, and to put theory into practice.


Procure Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education from State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

Course Fee

15,900 CHF

Before Government

7,950 CHF

After Government

Government Funding


Total cost after reimbursement of federal
contribution CHF 7,950


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Become an ICT Security Expert
with Swiss Federal Diploma

Register today, and start putting your skills to work!

frequently asked questions

Which condition do I have to fulfill?

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!

When do next courses start?

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

What is Swiss Cyber Academy's Online Campus?

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

SCA’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 every Tuesday.

This course consists of 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 competencies. 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.

Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?

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.

What are my prospects if I obtain the Federal Diploma?

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.

What jobs will this course prepare me for?

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.

How much does it cost to study?

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

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