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 .

13. April 2017

Press Release by the State Chancellery: “Largest research centre for IT security comes to Saarbruecken”

In her press conference on 15 March 2017, Minister-President of Saarland Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that the Federal Government and Saarland are setting up a Helmholtz Center for IT Security in Saarbruecken in collaboration with the Helmholtz Association. The current Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) will be merged into the new center. Cispa director Prof. Backes will be the founding director of the new center.

Minister-President Kramp Karrenbauer and Prof. Michael Backes during their press conference in March (Source: saarland/pf)

Federal Research Minister Wanka declares, “IT security is a deciding factor for digitalization. Secure digital infrastructures are absolutely essential for our economy and society. The centre for IT security in Saarbrücken has proved its worth through its outstanding performance and is internationally recognized, making it ideally suited to place Germany at a level of excellence in IT security research worldwide. By ensuring the sustainability of the research centre, the federal government and the Saarland are making a significant contribution to this end.”

Read the full official Press Release in English and German