Prof. Dr. Bruce Nikkel


Prof. Dr. Bruce Nikkel Co-Leiter Institut ICE

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Engineering and Computer Science
    Höheweg 80
    2501 Biel



  • BSc (security specialization)

  • MSE Information & Cyber Security

  • Digital Forensics (BSc security specialization)

  • Modern Linux

  • Introduction to Cybercrime


  • Digital Forensics

  • Criminal Investigation

  • Information Security

  • Linux Security


  • Bruce Nikkel is a professor at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, specializing in digital forensics and cybercrime. He is co-head of the university’s research institute for cybersecurity and engineering, and director of the Masters program in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation. In addition to his academic work, he has worked in risk and security departments at a global financial institution since 1997. He headed the bank's Cybercrime Intelligence & Forensic Investigation team for more than 15 years and currently works as an advisor. Bruce holds a PhD in network forensics and is an editor with Forensic Science International’s Digital Investigation journal. He is the author of two books, Practical Linux Forensics (No Starch Press, 2021) and Practical Forensic Imaging (No Starch Press, 2016). He has been a Unix and Linux enthusiast since the 1990s.


Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • German - Professional working proficiency
  • French - Elementary proficiency