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Cybersecurity is a young and fast-evolving area. As a Helmholtz Center for Information Security, 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. Currently, our research is centered around five research areas.


We are trying to determine ways to ascertain that current and future systems are secure. To achieve this, we develop analysis frameworks, methodologies, and tools. These enable us to identify attacks and propose more secure solutions.

Prof. Dr. Cas Cremers

My group researches novel classes of vulnerabilities in Web applications and builds tools to detect and mitigate them. In addition, we investigate how to best notify affected sites about the vulnerabilities we found. This way, our insights do not only serve us, but can help administrators close their security holes, impacting the overall security of the Web.

Dr. Ben Stock

Mobile devices can pose severe privacy threats but at the same time offer with their particular setting great opportunities to create more secure systems that put the users back into control over their data. In our research, we take this opportunity and improve mobile system security from hardware primitives to middleware design to the user's central role in the data protection.

Dr. Sven Bugiel

Our research explores the boundaries of what is possible in secure computation: What are the strongest possible security guarantees and strongest functionality we can achieve under the weakest possible assumptions?

Dr. Nico Döttling

I see Cyber-Physical Systems as the new frontier of cybersecurity: my goal is to understand threats & defenses based on interactions between physical and digital systems, and to translate cybersecurity principles to engineered systems.

Dr. Nils Ole Tippenhauer

Security research in today’s interconnected world has so many different challenges. I am particularly excited about making complex security and privacy mechanisms more human-friendly.

Dr. Katharina Krombholz

Our society regularly faces devastating and largely anonymous cyber attacks. We explore automated, reliable, and accurate methods to identify the origin of cyber attacks -- an important step to hold anonymous attackers responsible for their action.

Prof. Dr. Christian Rossow

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning offer great benefits to industry and society in general. While we are advancing the state of the art of future intelligent systems, we equally seek compliance with our expectations on security, privacy and safety.

Prof. Dr. Mario Fritz


Year 2023

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USENIX SecurityUSENIX Security

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44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Year 2022

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Proceedings of the 38th Annual Computer Security Applications ConferenceAnnual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2022)

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ESEC/FSE 2022Technical Track


The relevance of CISPA's research activities is reflected in a large number of externally funded projects in which our scientists explore specific questions of information security. CISPA operates in a network of excellent national and international partners, which forms the basis for interdisciplinary innovation projects. Our global cooperations also focus on the mobility of researchers of all career levels. The researchers are actively and directly involved in current projects during their guest stays.



Latest and selected Funded Projects & Collaborations


CISPA researchers have received numerous scientific awards and honors. Among the most prominent ones are four ERC Grants, especially the ERC Synergy Grant ImPact in 2013. Our researchers were the first computer scientists to ever receive this award.