About us


Within the CYSEC (Cybersecurity [at] TU Darmstadt) profile area, researchers address the major issues and challenges of cybersecurity and privacy protection. More than 30 research groups from seven departments (Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, History and Social Sciences, Biology, Human Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Law and Economics) of TU Darmstadt are members of CYSEC.

In its various collaborative and independent projects, CYSEC performs internationally renowned, top-notch research in numerous areas of cybersecurity. The research topics range from fundamental research in the area of cryptography, which is central to the Collaborative Research Center CROSSING of the German Research Foundation (DFG), to applications such as the LOEWE research cluster NICER, which studies networked infrastructure-less cooperation in emergency scenarios with the long term goal of increasing the capacity of infrastructure-less communication.

Additional research topics are the security of mobile and cyber-physical systems, critical infrastructure and internet security, secure software systems, verifiable security, usability of security solutions for the user as well as economic, social and ethical aspects of cybersecurity. The DFG-Research Training Group “Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users” researches privacy and trust in social and service networks and sensor-augmented environments. Furthermore, since 2011 Intel Corporation has funded its first research center for IT-Security outside the United States, the Collaborative Research Center for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) at TU Darmstadt.

In its Master’s degree program “IT-Security” CYSEC trains highly specialized professionals in the area of cybersecurity. CYSEC also supports and promotes future researchers via several independent research groups led by postdoctoral researchers. Technology transfer, national and international cooperation with research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Security in Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) and with industrial partners, as well as consultancy for politics, society and industry complete CYSEC’s profile.

As the largest partner within CRISP, the Center for Research in Security and Privacy, which is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts of the Federal State of Hessen, CYSEC makes a significant contribution to the prominence of the city of Darmstadt as a hub for science and cybersecurity research through its core competencies in research and teaching.