Cyber Security Management

The use of information-security-technologies will gain in importance, but with it also the information security culture in and around companies and organisations. We're focusing our current research mainly on the organisational framework for information security in companies and organisations, more precisely in the promotion of awareness in information securtiy and cyber risks.

Our Research Priority

The integration of ICT in the utility-sector is a fact. The prospective smart electricity grid ("Smart Grids") will be linked directly with different ICT's with the purpose to manage and coordinate the decentralized and fluctuating generation, store and consumption units in the grid more efficiently. The need for electricity supply security will linked to and be depending on the need for information security.

The purpose of supply security and therefore also information security can not only be achieved with technological units only. The management and the handling of these technologies is crucial for a distinctive information security culture in this network and for all network players.

Research Cooperations

The Chair of Management in Information and Communication Technology and the iimt do research in the tomorrow's living and working space at the multidisciplinary smart living lab. we focus on different research areas, as:


  • Decentralized and self-sufficient energy-structures
  • Management in Infrastructure
  • Mobility and Logistics
  • Security and Security Management
  • Knowledge-Management
  • Share Economy and Business modelling

learn more about our research in the smart living lab on the homepage of the smart living lab.



The protection of information- and communication infrastructure against cyber risks is a national concern. Within the national strategy to protect Switzerland against cyber risk (NCS), the Federal Council decided to sensitize and train all actors in the economy, society and authorities to cyber risks so they can recognize threats and minimize their risk exposure. The purpose of this project was to find a definition of basic and core competences to handle cyber risks and showing examples to rise the level of awarness to the targeted group. Several experts from different sectors were interviewed for the topic. The analysis done by the iimt was integrated into the NCS package of measures. This project was financed by the Federal Office of Communication (BAKOM) and the Federal IT Steering Unit (ISB).




Dominic Feichtner

Dominic Feichtner


Social Media Culture Assessment and Reporting Tool - SCART

Social media offers opportunities and risks for industry and government alike. Employees can have positive and negative pulses for organizations through appropriate behaviour on social media platforms. Analogous to information security, policies and rules of conduct are necessary. A standard for such social media guidelines exist only in rudimentary form, ICT tools for the implementation and ongoing review does not exist at all. The aim of the project is the development of a software tool for developing a social media culture and for a continuous monitoring of these. At the iimt work was already carried out on this subject. The findings are the basis for the process definition for the management of social media culture, and therefore a prerequisite for the development of an assessment and reporting tool.


Teufel S, Dicken J. (2013); "A dynamic management tool for the analysis of the social media security culture in organizations." ; Proceedings 7th International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications (SKIMA 2013), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Oehri C, Teufel S. (2012); "Social Media Security Culture - The Human Dimension in Social Media Management." ; Proceedings 11th Annual ISSA Conference 2012, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Teufel S. (2012); "Social Media – eine Herausforderung für das Sicherheitsmanagement." ; Proceedings DACH Security Conference 2012, Konstanz, Germany


Hasler Foundation, iimt - University of Fribourg


Dr. Bernd Teufel

Dr. Bernd Teufel


Our Publications

The Chair and its research team publish every year academic papers and opinion pieces in a variety of journals, conference proceedings and industry publications. Please find below the list of publications.


Our University Courses

We provide Master-Courses on our research areas to our students. Find more information on the course-programme homepage of our Faculty.