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.


Important questions and answers on CISPA during the Corona Pandemic

How does CISPA react to the current corona pandemic? We are currently experiencing an extreme situation regarding global restrictions on work and life. As some procedures are currently no longer applicable, we will establish new ways of working together within CISPA. Among other things, all employees will work in the home office, meetings are held consistently via video call and a committee at management level will also coordinate closely on current developments and work out new recommendations for action. Why are we taking this step? The safety of employees, their families, their friends and the whole community is CISPA’s top priority. Even though there hasn’t been a known case of corona at the centre, anyone can carry the virus without knowing it. There are always very mild to symptom-free cases. And this risk is too high for us. Do CISPA staff currently travel to conferences or meetings at home and abroad? Absolutely not. All (international) conferences, if they are curren...

Virtual cohorts for medical research

Artificial intelligence for the benefit of data protection Researchers at the DZNE and the Helmh...

Professor Dr. Cas Cremers about his work on Corona Warn App and the role of CISPA in this project

Professor Dr. Cas Cremers has taken the lead in advising for the security of the Corona Warn App ...

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.


  • PhD Students
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  • Tenure Track
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Administrative Staff

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


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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.