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.


Pellegrino and Joux to become Faculty at CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Giancarlo Pellegrino and Antoine Joux have accepted a Faculty position at CISPA. Giancarlo is starting his new position at CISPA on October 1, 2019. After a few years as a postdoctoral researcher in Christian Rossow's group, he was selected as the first member of the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity joining Stanford University as a visiting assistant professor. His area of expertise is application security, and he is particularly interested in automated techniques to detect and analyze vulnerabilities. Antoine Joux was born in 1967. He received his doctorate from the École polytechnique in 1986. He was a Professor at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and is currently Chair of Cryptology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (Sorbonne). In 2013, Antoine was awarded the prestigious Gödel Prize for his publication 'A one round protocol for tripartite Diffie-Hellman". He is taking up his position at CISPA in Saarbruecken on January 1, 2020.

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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.

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

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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.