"We foresee a future whereby individuals, businesses and organisations worldwide will seek to store their digital assets (intellectual property, inventions, trade secrets, etc.) in Switzerland," she said.
Deka said this would transform Switzerland from a haven for storing physical assets such as works of art, gold and liquid cash to a hub of data storage.
"Within the next 25 years, a majority of the of assets that will be saved in Switzerland will be digital rather than physical," Deka said.
ProtonMail, a free web-based mail service offering client-based encryption to protect emails and data and which counts more than 300,000 users around the world, says that is why it chose Switzerland for its base.
"The culture of respecting privacy is very important," said ProtonMail chief Andy Yen, pointing out that recent proposals from Washington and London to ban encryption "would be unthinkable in Switzerland".
But experts say that in today's rapidly changing electronic world, nothing is 100 percent foolproof or safe.
"We have to admit that in our present societies, total and absolute protection is impossible," said Jean-Henry Morin, a professor of information systems at Geneva University, referring to the recent cyber attack on Sony, the biggest in US corporate his-