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CISPA strengthens research cooperation with Inria (French National Research Institute for Digital Science and Technology)

With a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), CISPA further expands its research cooperation with France. Joint research efforts in the field of cybersecurity are at the heart of the cooperation. The MoU was signed by CISPA founding director and CEO, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Backes, CISPA Executive Director Kevin Streit and Inria CEO and Chairman Dr. Bruno Sportisse.

International research cooperation is a hallmark of CISPA and Inria. In order to meet the pressing challenges in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, it is absolutely necessary to join forces across national borders. In Germany and France, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security and Inria are two leading research institutes in the field of cybersecurity. The cooperation between the two, which began in 2022, has now been formalized with a MoU. It aims at strengthening the scientific cooperation between Germany and France, with both institutions contributing their national perspectives on cybersecurity and reflecting on them within a European context.

Since 2020, there has already been a successful cooperation with Inria and Loria in Nancy. Through the MoU with Inria, CISPA further strengthens its cross-border scientific cooperation with France. The future collaboration with Inria and its 9 Centres throughout France will include joint research projects, the exchange of researchers and academic staff as well as workshops and conferences. CISPA and Inria researchers are already working together, such as, for example, CISPA-Faculty Mario Fritz and Jilles Vreeken and their Inria colleagues Pierre-François Gimenez, Yufei Han, Ludovic Mé and Frédéric Majorczyk. Their focus is on network traffic generation and network anomaly detection. A first meeting to kick-off the cooperation based on the new MoU will take place in Paris at the Campus Cyber on November 6, 2023.

About Inria

Inria is the French national research institute for digital science and technology. World-class research, technological innovation and entrepreneurial risk are its DNA. In 215 project teams, most of which are shared with major research universities, more than 3,900 researchers and engineers explore new paths, often in an interdisciplinary manner and in collaboration with industrial partners to meet ambitious challenges. As a technological institute, Inria supports the diversity of innovation pathways: from open source software publishing to the creation of technological startups (Deeptech).


The CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. We research information security in all its facets. Our researchers conduct cutting-edge foundational research as well as innovative application-oriented research. Our work tackles pressing challenges in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data privacy. CISPA research findings find their way into industrial applications and products that are available worldwide. This enables us to strengthen Germany‘s and Europe‘s competitiveness. We also promote talent and are a training ground for excellently skilled specialists and managers for the industry. In this way we also transfer our know-how forward into the future.