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The CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Our research encompasses all aspects of Information Security.

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We are committed to scientific excellence and cutting-edge research, and are aiming to develop CISPA into a world-leading research center on information security.

Focus on research

We are committed to scientific excellence and cutting-edge research, and are aiming to develop CISPA into a world-leading research center on information security.

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Most small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany take many technical measures to protect their data and secure computer systems. However, training employees accordingly and creating sufficient awareness of cyber risks falls by the wayside in some companies. This is what CISPA researcher Nicolas Huaman Groschopf found out in a large-scale interview study. The study was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWK ) and the VHV Foundation with more than 1.2 million euros. The BMWK contributed the lion's share with almost one million. Huaman Groschopf presented his findings at the renowned IT security conference USENIX Security Symposium.


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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Trustworthy Information Processing

This research area strives to develop disruptive new frameworks for reasoning about and improving security and privacy in information processing in various settings, efficiently and at scale.

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Reliable Security Guarantees

The fragile security of today's IT infrastructure is the result of a perpetual arms race between attackers and defenders. Formal methods offer a way out of this arms race. Based on mathematically precise system and attacker models, we can systematically eliminate entire classes of attack strategies.

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Threat Detection & Defenses

Attack-detection mechanisms should be able to reliably detect, predict, and understandably explain both known and novel threats, while also being able to cope with evasion techniques (like obfuscation, polymorphism, or stealth low-volume attacks).

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Secure Mobile & Autonomous Systems

Faulty computer systems allow for spying on, as well as sabotaging even the most security-critical infrastructures - this means that in daily life, our energy supply network, water supply, health network, communication network, transportation network, etc. are under continuous risk.

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Empirical & Behavioral Security

The vast growth in the complexity of modern applications and the multitude of available software technologies have created the need for engineering techniques that not only improve security, but also scale to the complexity of modern IT infrastructures.

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That text was way too long, so you couldn't bother to read it? We feel you! In TL;DR, CISPA's first podcast, we talk to researchers about their work on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence once a month and try to ask them exactly the same questions that you are asking yourself.

People from 38 nations work at CISPA. That's why you'll find conversations in both German and English in this feed.

Have fun listening!


Jul 27, 2022
to Jul 27, 2022
Cysec-Lab Workshop at Unicamp 2022
Jul 19, 2022
to Jul 20, 2022
Jul 19, 2022
to Jul 19, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
to Jun 28, 2022
Cysec Lab workshop at the public library, Saarbruecken
Jun 22, 2022
to Jun 26, 2022
Cysec Lab at Explore Science, Mannheim


May 21, 2022, 10:00 AM
to May 21, 2022, 4:00 PM
Open Door
May 14, 2022
to May 15, 2022
Apr 28, 2022, 9:00 AM
to Apr 28, 2022, 12:00 PM
Girl's Day
Sep 18, 2021, 2:00 PM
to Sep 18, 2021, 11:30 PM
CISPA Roadshow 2021: Digital Edition
Aug 30, 2021, 8:00 AM
to Sep 3, 2021, 5:00 PM
Digital CISPA Summer School 2021


We strive to offer scientists, along with their partners and families a pleasant and friendly living environment. This means that at our research center, all of us are on first-name terms. Everyone’s equal here, especially when it comes to coffee (or tea) in the hallway. 

Recruitment of highly talented students and young researchers in the fields of cybersecurity and privacy is a core element of CISPA's development and growth strategy. Finding the right people is very important to us. Maybe you're one of them!

Our goal is to hire, train and accompany future researchers in all stages of their scientific careers, to help them advance as learners, from bachelor's and master's degrees to doctorates and positions as young researchers at both postdoctoral and faculty level.

 No matter if you’re just starting your career or already have experience, we want to offer all of you an inspiring, international and competitive, yet cooperative and above all enjoyable working environment for your research and education. We strongly believe that, here, you will be able to develop your full potential.