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.


As a training ground for the next generation of cybersecurity experts, CISPA aims to establish a close relationship with students at Saarland University from the very start of their studies. By providing an excellent supervision and ensuring an early contact with our researchers via various research projects, we support you in strengthening your profile and finding your specialization. Start your scientific career and pursue your PhD studies supervised by our researchers, connecting your interests with the numerous opportunities CISPA offers.


We strive for a considerable impact on the general public by means of comprehensive societal outreach. In particular communicating cutting-edge research results and helping you understand the current cybersecurity challenges our society faces is one of CISPA’s most prominent concerns. We aim to raise the awareness for privacy and IT-security issues and engage a dialogue on our digital future and IT-security topics with a public audience, participating in fairs and other public events. Our research contributes to a more secure future and helps to ensure the basic values of our society.


CISPA is a sought-after dialogue partner to political and public bodies in Germany and Europe supporting politicians in understanding current technologies and discussing emerging incidents and problems in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy. We provide our expertise to assess legislation for new technologies and contribute actively to a multitude of working groups in order to offer consulting to different sovereign bodies concerning standardization processes or policies.


CISPA seeks to transfer foundational research results into prototypical systems having initiated a significant number of industrial collaborations. We continuously strive to raise the awareness for IT-security relevant topics, transferring knowledge to regional and international companies by participating in industrial fairs and events, but also by communicating our results actively in workshops and publications. With our start-ups, we aim to develop our research results into market-ready solutions offering them to an industrial audience.

We · are · founded!

On December 13, 2017, the official founding documents were signed by Franziska Broer (Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association), Wolf-Dieter Lukas (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (Minister President of Saarland) and Michael Backes (Founding Director of the CISPA – Helmholtz-Zentrum (i.G.)). For more information please refer to the press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum (i.G.) GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
Saarbrücken, Germany

Location and Network

CISPA is part of the Saarland Informatics Campus, home 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 establishing joint research agendas and combining their strengths.