CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .



CISPA is headed by the Directorate and the CISPA Board. The members of the Board are the director, vice-director, and the spokespersons, who coordinate the five research areas of CISPA.


Director Michael Backes

Michael Backes is a full professor at Saarland University and a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. He is the director of CISPA and head of the Information Security and Cryptography group. His research covers various aspects of IT security and privacy and ranges from the design, analysis, and verification of protocols and systems, mechanisms for protecting end-user privacy, research on new attack vectors, to universal solutions in software and network security.