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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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We are committed to scientific excellence and cutting-edge research, and are aiming to develop CISPA into one of the leading cybersecurity research centers in the world.

Focus on research

We are committed to scientific excellence and cutting-edge research, and are aiming to develop CISPA into one of the leading cybersecurity research centers in the world.

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CISPA's new faculty member Dr. Christoph Lenzen and his team are developing a mathematical approach to model circuits in processors so that errors do not throw them out of sync, thus avoiding performance degradation. The EU is funding this project with an ERC Starting grant worth a total of 1.5 million euros.

Dr. Christoph Lenzen


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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Year 2021

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LNCS19th International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis (ATVA 2021)

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Proceedings of the 6th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy6th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy

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USENIX Security SymposiumUSENIX Security Symposium

Upcoming Events

Sep 11, 2021, 10:00 AM
to Sep 18, 2021, 11:45 PM
CISPA Roadshow 2021: Saarland Edition
Aug 30, 2021, 8:00 AM
to Sep 3, 2021, 5:00 PM
Digital CISPA Summer School 2021
Aug 16, 2021, 9:00 AM
to Aug 20, 2021, 4:00 PM
Sommerschule des CISPA Cysec Lab


Apr 22, 2021, 9:00 AM
to Apr 22, 2021, 2:00 PM
Girl’s Day des CISPA Cysec Lab
Nov 24, 2020, 8:00 AM
to Nov 24, 2020, 12:00 PM
CISPA @ DAAD STEM Virtual Fair
Aug 19, 2020, 11:00 AM
to Aug 28, 2020, 3:00 PM
Digital CISPA Summer School 2020
May 16, 2020, 9:00 AM
to May 16, 2020, 5:00 PM
CISPA Open Door Day (postponed)
Apr 1, 2020, 9:00 AM
to Apr 1, 2020, 7:00 PM
Young Researcher SeCon


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.