The CISPA – Helmholtz-Zentrum (i.G.) GmbH 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.
CISPA is committed to the highest international academic standards and offers a world-class research environment that grants extensive resources to a wide range of researchers and constitutes an attractive destination for the best talents and scientists from all countries. CISPA moreover strongly supports undergraduate and graduate education of cybersecurity students, and it seeks to become an elite training ground for the next generation of cybersecurity experts and scientific leaders in this field.
The research center 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. CISPA is located in Saarbruecken, in the greater region neighboring France, Luxemburg placing the center in an ideal location for both cross-border and local collaborations with other research institutes.