Teamwork has always been written large at SWITCH. It works closely with the Swiss universities on a number of levels. Many of SWITCH's services are born out of working groups that are normally made up of client representatives and in-house experts. This ensures that services appear in a form that appeals to the academic community and thus receive the support they need from it.
Information on and from the working groups can be found on the individual community portals, which can only be accessed by authorised university members. Selected working groups are described in brief below.
ICT Law Working Group
This working group's meetings provide a forum for debating legal issues relating to ICT that are of concern to the Swiss universities' legal advisors. The focus is not only on explanations of the law by legal experts, but also on personal interaction.
Network Working Group
The Network Working Group focuses on the latest network technologies, projects and cooperations. Experts from SWITCH and the Swiss academic community put forward suggestions and take the opportunity to stay in contact on a personal level.
IT Procurement Working Group
The IT Procurement Working Group is all about taking individual universities' needs as a basis to work out tailored solutions that suit the entire academic community.
Security Working Group
Twice a year, this working group holds an IT security workshop that brings security experts from the academic community together with SWITCH-CERT to get to know each other and exchange ideas and information.
Information Security Management System (ISMS) Working Group
Universities increasingly need to address the issue of information security. The ISMS Working Group was set up in summer 2014 to look into how directives and processes can be used to safeguard and improve it. The current situation differs considerably from one institution to the next. Members of the Working Group share their experiences and seek out synergies.