On a Glance
Professor Michael Backes is the founding director of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA). In 2005, at the age of 26, he was appointed as the Professor for Information Security and Cryptography at Saarland University; at that time being Germany’s youngest professor appointed for life. Over the last years, Mr. Backes has significantly shaped the scientific field of Cybersecurity – on a national as well as an international level – and is internationally perceived as a role model for German Cybersecurity research. His research findings are documented in over 250 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious international journals and conference proceedings and have been honored with highly renowned awards, in particular the ERC Synergy Grant, the EU’s most distinguished research award. In 2009, Mr. Backes was Germany’s first researcher to receive the MIT TR35 Award: the best 35 researchers worldwide below the age of 35, across all disciplines, whose “accomplishments are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it”. He is the youngest member to date in acaTech, is regularly listed in numerous rankings as one of Germany´s most influential IT personalities, and was distinguished by the former federal minister Johanna Wanka as one of Germany’s digital heads. In 2018, Mr. Backes received the honorary doctorate by Université de Lorraine and was named IEEE Fellow in recognition for his contribution to Computer Security and Privacy.
Thesis: "Cryptographically Sound Analysis of Security Protocols" | Advisor: Birgit Pfitzmann, Harald Ganzinger
Diploma in Computer Science: March 2001
Diploma in Mathematics: August 2002