In 2001, the “Eidgenössische Justiz- und Polizeidepartement” (the Confederate Justice and Police Department) and the “Konferenz der kantonalen Justiz- und Polizeidirektoren” (the Cantonal Justice and Police Directors Conference) decided to take concerted action in their fight against Internet crime, and to establish a national “Koordinationsstelle zur Bekämpfung der Internetkriminalität" (Office of Coordination to Fight Internet Crime, called “KOBIK” for short).
The Swiss Coordination Unit for Cybercrime Control (CYCOS) is the central office where persons can report suspect Internet subject matter. After an initial examination of the report and safeguarding of the data, the report is forwarded to the respective national or foreign law enforcement.
CYCOS also searches actively for criminal subject matter on the Internet and is responsible for in-depth analysis of cybercrime.
CYCOS as a competence center is available for the public, the authorities and the Internet Service Provider for any legal, technical and criminalistic question in the field of cybercrime. As the national coordination unit, CYCOS is the point of contact for centers abroad fulfilling analogous functions.