Scientists in 18 Helmholtz Centers work on a wide range of topics, such as A for astrophysics, B for biology, C for cell research, and so on. Almost 42,000 staff use the most modern scientific infrastructure, including, in particular, large-scale facilities and instrumentation, which are also open to use by members of the international scientific community. Working on behalf of the state, Helmholtz scientists pursue an ambitious goal: To make an essential contribution to solving the grand challenges which society faces.
The CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security was integrated into the Helmholtz Association on January 1, 2019 and covers all aspects of information security. It originated from the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA), which was founded in 2011 with funding by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The Center aims to address the pressing grand cybersecurity research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization in a holistic and comprehensive manner and covers the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deep-rooted in the field of Computer Science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences. Its research currently comprises five research areas: Secure and Privacy-friendly Information Processing, Reliable Security Guarantees, Threat Detection and Defenses, Secure Mobile and Autonomous Systems, Empirical and Behavioral Security.