Swiss Security Awareness Day 2023

October 26, 2023

Casino Bern

On the topic

The human factor of security is getting more and more important. In times of a constant increase of complexity in our digitalised world, the user becomes the target of cybercriminals. Technical measures are not enough to keep our systems secure, the user needs to become part of the security process.

Security Awareness is supposed to help, but the challenges are great and many – missing communication expertise, support and resources are just a few.

The Swiss Security Awareness Day aims at giving some insights into the different possible ways to deal with Security Awareness while pointing out where to get support and what is most crucial for being successful.

Earn up to 3.75 CPEs and get a certificate of attendance.

Target Audience

We welcome professionals from fields such as digital education, communications, IT, security, or marketing to engage in our talks and discussions. Our event is open to anyone who plays a role in, has an interest in, or is simply curious about security awareness.

Raising awareness, educating, and training users in information security requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach.

Language of the event will be English.



Heiko Roßnagel
Head of Team Identity Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Dr. Heiko Roßnagel is head of the Team Identity Management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. He studied computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He received a PhD in business administration and economics at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. He has coordinated the EU funded projects FutureID and LIGHTest. He has been participating in several European and national cooperative research projects His research interests are in the areas of security, privacy and identity management with a focus on human factors and technology acceptance and adoption.

Maria Bada
Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

Maria Bada is a Lecturer at Queen Mary University in London. Maria is a behavioural scientist, and her work focuses on the human aspects of cybersecurity and cybercrime. Her research looks at the effectiveness of cybersecurity awareness campaigns. She has collaborated with government, law enforcement and private sector organisations to assess national level cybersecurity capacity and develop interventions to enhance resilience. She has also supported National Cyber Security Strategy development for the UK and governments in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is a member of the National Risk Assessment (NRA) Behavioural Science Expert Group in the UK, working on the social and psychological impact of cyber-attacks on members of the public.

Leo Niedermann
Head Security Culture & Awareness, Swiss Re

Leo has over 10 years of experience in digital and technology risk management with focus on IT security, IT governance and cyber security awareness. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Leo was security consultant advising clients in the areas of cyber risk management, incident management, data leakage prevention and public cloud.

Davina Luyten
Communications Officer, Belnet

Davina Luyten is a Communications Officer at Belnet, the Belgian research and education network. As part of the Marketing and Communication team, she is focusing on corporate communications, public relations and crisis communication. Since 2020 she is involved in the GÉANT project, where she develops cyber security awareness initiatives for the European research and education community. On behalf of Belnet she is also member of the Awareness Focus Group of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Leuven.

Branislava Trifkovic
Project Manager

Branislava Trifkovic works at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana as project manager of the project “Universities as learning communities”, financed by the P-8 programme of swissuniversities. In this context, she also coordinates the activities related to security awareness in collaboration with the university’s IT service.

As member of the eLab-eLearning Lab she’s actively involved in different projects carried out in collaboration with members of the academic staff, also in the role of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.

Inka Karppinen
Lead Behavioural Scientist, CybSafe & Honorary Research Fellow, UCL

Dr Inka Karppinen is a Lead Behavioural Scientist at CybSafe, an award-winning human risk management platform focusing on behavioural analytics. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at University College London (UCL). Inka is interested in all aspects of helping people, leading her on a unique path encompassing both industry and academia. She has an MRes and a PhD in security and crime science from the University College London (UCL) and MSc in occupational psychology from Birkbeck. She is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), an expert fellow of the Security, Privacy, Identity, Trust Engagement NetworkPlus (Sprite+) and a Member of the Global Association of Applied Behavioural Scientists (GAABS). She strongly advocates bringing together people involved in research, practice and policy.

At CybSafe, Inka’s role is to add a magical sprinkle of BS (Behavioural Science!) to the product by applying mixed methods research techniques to design workable digital solutions. She also leads thought leadership projects such as the yearly ‘Oh Behave!’ report. She loves narrowing the research gap between academia and practice creating a meaningful positive impact on people's lives.

Dr. Melanie Knieps
Researcher, Digital Society Initiative (University of Zurich)

Melanie Knieps is a researcher with a background in psychology who focuses on the social aspects of cybersecurity at the Digital Society Initiative of the University of Zurich. She is leading the "Cyber Resilience Network for the Canton of Zurich" (CYREN ZH), which aims to protect the self-determination of Zurich as a business location and its population by establishing a task force of civilian first responders for the digital space. The project also seeks to strengthen cooperation between various actors in the canton of Zurich and provide new training and education opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.

Melanie is also a postdoctoral researcher in the NRP-77 project "Promoting trust in cybersecurity through ethics and law," which aims to provide valuable data, insights, and recommendations regarding the non-technical aspects of cybersecurity. Her particular interest lies in identifying the factors that can promote knowledge exchange among cybersecurity experts, such as trust and other organizational components.

Daniele Lain
Ph.D. candidate, ETH Zurich

Daniele Lain is a Ph.D. candidate in the System Security group at ETH Zurich with Prof. Srdjan Capkun. His research interests include the broader human side of security: phishing prevention, security and awareness education, authentication attacks and defenses, and modern multi-factor authentication systems. He presented the results of his research work at top-tier academic and industrial conferences, from IEEE Security&Privacy to Black Hat USA and Asia. Before joining ETH, he got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Padova, Italy.

Prof. Dr. Verena Zimmermann
Assistant Professor for Security, Privacy and Society, ETH Zürich

Verena Zimmermann is Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) for Security, Privacy and Society at ETH Zürich. Her research interests comprise the Human Aspects of Safety, IT Security and Privacy. She has completed her dissertation in the interdisciplinary research area of Usable Security at TU Darmstadt. Within the research group Work and Engineering Psychology and ATHENE, the German National Center for Applied Cybersecurity, she worked on several security-​​related research projects. The topics ranged from usable authentication over privacy-​​friendly smart home concepts and the human-​​centered design of hand-​​over tasks in smart cars to addressing security challenges in smart cities.

Fabio Greiner
Security Awareness Specialist, SWITCH

Fabio Greiner studied sociology and theology before doing his master's degree in strategic communications. His interest in how communication constitutes and influences our society accompanied him throughout his studies and brought him to the field of security awareness. He is fascinated by the complex interrelations of security and human behaviour in an increasingly digitalized world. As a security awareness professional he enjoys bridging the demands of IT security professionals with the needs of end users.

Dr. Martin J. Krämer
Security Awareness Advocate (DACH), KnowBe4

Dr. Martin J. Kraemer is a Security Awareness Advocate with over 10 years of industry and research experience. He holds a doctorate in cybersecurity from the University of Oxford. He speaks on topics related to usable security, privacy, data protection, and security awareness training. Martin advocates for organizations to build resilient cybersecurity postures by empowering their employees.


Casino Bern

Casinoplatz 1

3011 Bern

Conference Room: Burgerratssaal


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Recordings 2022

Watch all the talks of the SWITCH Security Awareness Day 2022 on our SWITCHtube channel .