CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity

The CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity is a joint center for cybersecurity research between CISPA, Saarland University and Stanford University which recognizes the high potential of a mutually beneficial cooperation between CISPA and Stanford in the field of cybersecurity and follows from the desire of the scientists of the parties to conduct joint research.

The collaboration has the following two intertwined goals:

  • Establish a joint research program in the key information technology area of “Cybersecurity”
  • Incorporate a strong career development component to alleviate the shortage of qualified faculty and scientists in information technology in Germany.

To achieve these goals, CISPA and Stanford University established this collaboration to form the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity, with corresponding research activities at CISPA and at Stanford University. The center addresses the particular career-development needs of young German scientists in cybersecurity. It fosters the professional development of a small number of selected, outstanding individuals by providing them with the opportunity to work at Stanford University as Visiting Assistant Professors in the area of cybersecurity for two years and to then return to Germany to continue their research as a senior researcher at the CISPA and ultimately as a professor at a German university or a research leader in industry.


CISPA is one of Europe’s leading research sites for IT security with more than 200 researchers working in IT security and related fields. Founded in October 2011 CISPA closely collaborates with its on-site partner institutions: the Computer Science Department at Saarland University, the two Max Planck Institutes for Informatics (MPI-INF) and Software Systems (MPI-SWS) working on cutting-edge foundational research aspects as well as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), currently Europe’s biggest application-oriented research institute for computer science.

Combining these strengths, CISPA is in the unique position to address IT security in a truly holistic manner: seminal foundational solutions are systematically developed into deployable security technologies and finally into prototypical and actually deployed systems in collaboration with industrial partners and CISPA’s own spin-offs.

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Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University is a fully private university. Its School of Engineering, established in 1925, now is home to about 25% of its students. The Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are the two largest departments of the School, with together more than 1000 graduate students (studying towards an M.S. or Ph.D. degree), and more than 100 faculty. Both departments are rated no. 1 in the US in their respective fields by the National Research Council. As a leading “research university,” Stanford strongly emphasizes research.

In 2014 the Stanford Cyber Initiative has been created as a central hub at Stanford to coordinate the interdisciplinary research necessary to address the challenges and opportunities posed by modern information technology.

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