CISPA – Helmholtz-Zentrum für Informationssicherheit

The CISPA – Helmholtz-Zentrum für Informationssicherheit 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 Building
CISPA Building
CISPA Building


Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA)

On September 11, 2018 we received the official approval of the Helmholtz Association that we will become the 19th Helmholtz Center as of January 1, 2019 (then named “Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA)”). The decision to accept us was taken by all existing Helmholtz Centers in the Mitgliederversammlung of the HGF on September 11, 2018. This was the final step on our long journey – from the initial announcement in February 2017, to the founding of the intermediate center (i.G.) in December 2017, to the final acceptance into the HGF as a full-fledged Helmholtz Center now.

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Unsere Forschung

Cybersecurity is a young and fast-evolving area. As a Helmholtz Center i.G., we are 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

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

CISPA − Helmholtz-Zentrum i.G. GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
Saarbrücken, Germany

Standort und Netzwerk

Das Forschungszentrum ist Teil des Saarland Informatics Campus, zu dem auch andere renommierte Institute wie die Max-Planck-Institute für Informatik und Softwaresysteme, das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) gehören. CISPA ist in Saarbrücken situiert, in der Großregion in direkter Nachbarschaft zu Frankreich und Luxemburg, für das Zentrum eine ideale Lage für grenzüberschreitende und lokale Kollaborationen mit anderen Forschungsinstituten.