CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security

The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Its research agenda comprises all aspects of Information Security.

With its ongoing growth, CISPA will have the critical mass of researchers (500+) to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. CISPA seeks to play a prominent international role on research, transfer, and innovation by combining cutting-edge, often disruptive foundational research with innovative application-oriented research, corresponding technology transfer, and societal outreach. Thematically, it strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deeply grounded in computer science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences.


A new cooperation with top research institutes in China

The CISPA - Helmholtz Center for Information Security signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Chinese research institutions — the Institute of Software (Chinese Academy of Sciences, ISCAS) in Beijing, and the Institute of Intelligent Software in Guangzhou. Saarland University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Max Planck Institute for Software are cooperation partners too. The goal is, among other things, to strengthen exchange of faculty members and staff, to promote joint research projects, conferences, seminars, and symposia. In a first joint project with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, CISPA Faculty Andreas Zeller is investigating novel methods to detect abnormal and malicious behavior in mobile apps. The Institute of Software is a research base in Beijing that focuses on the research and development on theories of computer science and leading edge technologies of software. The Institute of Intelligent Software is located in the Nansha district of Guangzhou...

Tag der offenen Tür am CISPA

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Our Research

Cybersecurity is a young and fast-evolving area. As a Helmholtz Center for Information Security, CISPA is dedicated to cutting-edge foundational research combined with innovative application-oriented research in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy. We are committed to the highest international academic standards and offer a world-class research environment that grants extensive resources to a wide range of researchers and that constitutes an attractive destination for the best talents and scientists from all countries.

Join our Team

The recruitment of highly talented students and researchers in cybersecurity and privacy is key to CISPA’s development and growth strategy.

Administrative Staff

See our current vacancies in Administration, Scientific Strategy and Support.

Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
Saarbrücken, Germany

Location and Network

CISPA is situated in close vicinity to other well-renowned institutes such as the Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems, the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), etc. With its interdisciplinary focus, CISPA is keen on establishing and maintaining close collaborations with other excellent research institutes in the area of computer science by establishing joint research agendas and combining their strengths.