CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security
The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) is a newly founded research institution, which is currently undergoing the process of becoming a new member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. It has developed from the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, also short CISPA, established in 2011 as a national, BMBF-funded competence center for IT security research.
CISPA as a future Helmholtz center 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.
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 by establishing joint research agendas and combining their strengths.