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.


New Cooperation with Korean Partners in the Field of Cyber Security

The foundation stone for a large-scale cooperation with South Korea was laid in Saarbrücken on Wednesday, 28 August. CISPA Founding Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Backes, KAIST President Dr. Sung Shul Shin, KAIST Graduate School Speaker Prof. Insik Shin and KIST Europe Director Junkyung Kim signed a Memorandum of understanding which defined the core topics and the common goals for the upcoming cooperation. It is a declaration of intent to get involved in joint projects on system and web security as well as cryptography in the future. Measures include regular mutual visits, joint publications and research projects. But this was not just lip service. The new partners took direct action. Following the signing, the first joint seminar took place at the CISPA premises in Saarbrücken. The programme included lectures on the IT security policy, research landscape and standards in the two countries, subject-specific scientific workshops and a public panel discussion. Two profess...

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Das Interesse am Smart Home ist gewaltig. Mit zunehmender Zahl verbundener Geräte steigt der Konf...

IACR Test-of-Time Award for Antoine Joux

French cryptographer and future CISPA faculty Antoine Joux was awarded again recently, this time ...

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

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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.