Solange Ghernaouti

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Solange Ghernaouti
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Solange Ghernaouti
Born (1958-12-05)December 5, 1958
Citizenship Switzerland, France
Alma mater Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University (PhD in Computer Science, 1986)
Scientific career
Fields Cybersecurity, Cyberstrategy
Institutions University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Solange Ghernaouti is a professor at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and an international expert on cybersecurity and cyberdefence. She regularly collaborates with various United Nations, European and government institutions as well as with private corporations.

The first female professor at HEC Lausanne in 1987, Solange Ghernaouti is a member of the Swiss academy of technical sciences.[1] She leads the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group (SCARG) that she has created and the research group in Complexity Science at the university. She developed an innovative interdisciplinary approach of digital security serving individuals, organizations and states at strategic and operational levels.

She is the author of numerous technical and popular books and scientific publications[2] on the subjects of telecommunications,[3] the control of computer risks, Computer crime and cyberpower. Since 2018, she keeps a blog on "Le Temps" newspaper website where she publishes various articles about cybersecurity and new technologies in general[4].

Solange Ghernaouti was also president of various associations such as the Erna Hamburger Foundation from 2012 to 2017 (whose aim was to provide direct or indirect material aid to university women or women leaving another higher education course of similar level, doing postgraduate studies in the Canton of Vaud) as well as the Social Commission of the University of Lausanne from 2006 to 2016.


  • Her book La cybercriminalité, les nouvelles armes du pouvoir (Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes) received the prize for the best book "Cybercriminalité" at the International Forum on Cybersecurity4 (23 January 2018).
  • Former auditor of the IHEDN (decree of 8 January 2014)[5]
  • Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour[6] (decree of 31 December 2013)[7]
  • Reserve Lieutenant-Colonel in the French national gendarmerie
  • Member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (since 2013)
  • Ranked among the 20 women that make Switzerland by Bilan (2012)[8]
  • Ranked among the 100 most powerful women in Switzerland by the magazine Women in Business (2012)
  • Ranked among the 100 public figures that make Swiss Romandie by l'Hebdo (2011)[9]
  • Ranked among the 300 most influential figures in Switzerland by Bilan (22 June 2011)


  • Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy[10]
  • Member of the scientific committee of the International Forum on Technology and Security (since 2015)[11]
  • Partner to the European projects E-Crime[12] and Prismacloud[13] (since respectively 2014 and 2015)[14]
  • President of the Social Commission of the University of Lausanne (since 2006)[15]
  • President of the Erna Hamburger foundation (since 2012)[16]
  • Participant to the European project SECOQC (2004-2008)[17]

Main books[edit]

  • S. Ghernaouti, La cybercriminalité: Les nouvelles armes de pouvoir, 2nd edition, EPFL Press 2017
  • S. Ghernaouti, Sécurité informatique et réseaux, 4th edition, Dunod 2013 (first edition 2006)
  • S. Ghernaouti, CYBERPOWER: Crime, Conflict and Security in Cyberspace, EPFL Press 2013
  • S. Ghernaouti & A. Dufour, “Internet” – Que sais-je ?, 11th edition, Presses universitaires de France 2012
  • I. Tashi & S. Ghernaouti-Hélie, Information security evaluation : a holistic approach, EPFL Press 2011
  • S. Ghernaouti, A Global Treaty on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: A Contribution for Peace, Justice and Security in Cyberspace, 2nd edition, Cybercrimedata 2011 (first edition 2009)
  • R. Berger & S. Ghernaouti-Hélie, Technocivilisation : pour une philosophie du numérique, Focus Sciences, PPUR 2010
  • S. Ghernaouti, Cybersecurity Guide for Developing Countries, 3rd edition revised and expanded, ITU 2009 (first edition 2006)
  • S. Ghernaouti, Stratégie et ingénierie de la sécurité des réseaux, InterEditions 1998
  • S. Ghernaouti & A. Dufour, Enterprise Networks and Telephony from technologies to business strategy, Springer-Verlag 1998
  • C. Servin & S. Ghernaouti, Les hauts débits en télécoms, InterEditions 1998
  • S. Ghernaouti & A. Dufour, Réseaux locaux et téléphonie, Masson 1995
  • S. Ghernaouti, CLIENT / SERVEUR. Les outils du traitement, Réparti coopératif, Masson 1993
  • S. Ghernaouti, Réseaux, applications réparties normalisées, Eyrolles 1990


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  5. ^ Journal Officiel de la république Française - JORF n°0008 of 10 January 2014 text n° 25 - Arrêté du 8 janvier 2014 portant désignation des auditrices et auditeurs de la 194e session en région (« promotion Henri Dunant ») de l'Institut des hautes études de défense nationale, Lyon, Genève et Mâcon (du 5 novembre au 13 décembre 2013)
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  7. ^ Journal Officiel français portant promotion et nomination (JORF n°0001 of 1 January 2014)
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  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
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  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
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