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Welcome to CISPA

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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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.

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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The European Research Council has awarded CISPA Faculty Prof. Bernd Finkbeiner an ERC Advanced Grant, meaning that around 2.3 million euros of funding will flow into his HYPER project over the next five years. The project aims at developing a specification language capable of mathematically formalizing even complex social concepts such as fairness, privacy, or explainability. If Finkbeiner, a theoretical computer scientist, succeeds in doing so, it will be possible in the future to automatically check whether artificial intelligence (AI) meets the required standards. As of yet, these complex proofs are mostly carried out manually by experts. The project will provide rigorous mathematical and logical foundations for the ongoing debate about data protection standards and the fairness and explainability of AI.

Prof. Bernd Finkbeiner

DEVELOPING FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES

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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RESEARCH AREAS

Algorithmic  FOUNDATIONS and  Cryptography

In our highly interdependent world, graph problems are at the algorithmic heart of many computational challenges.

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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   CONNECTED & MOBILE 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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CISPA PODCAST TL;DR

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!

CISPA ZINE

CISPA Zine: composed of CISPA and magazine, derived from the idea of the "fanzine." These are mostly folded small magazines created by fans for fans on various topics. The CISPA Zine is published quarterly and keeps our staff, interested parties, and supporters up to date on all important developments at the Center. 

​​​​​​RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Year 2022

Conference / Medium

CCS
ACMThe 29th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)

Conference / Medium

CCS
ACMACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security

Sep 5, 2022
to Sep 9, 2022
CISPA Summer School on Trustworthy AI

PAST EVENTS

Aug 8, 2022
to Aug 12, 2022
Cysec Camp for high-school students aged 16 or above
Aug 3, 2022
to Aug 3, 2022
Aug 1, 2022
to Aug 1, 2022
Jul 27, 2022
to Jul 27, 2022
Cysec-Lab Workshop at Unicamp 2022
Jul 19, 2022
to Jul 20, 2022
Abi - was dann? mit Universität des Saarlandes

YOUR CAREER AT CISPA

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.