Information Security & Cryptography Group

Welcome to the Information Security and Cryptography Group of Saarland University. The group is headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Backes and focuses on 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, and research on new attack vectors to universal solutions in software and network security. The group is part of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA), one of the national competence centers for IT security in Germany.


Michael Backes admitted into acatech

We are happy and honored to announce the admission of Michael Backes into the German Academy of Science and Engineering…

Proseminar “Hacking” was awarded for best teaching

Our Proseminar Hacking in the summer term 2014 received the Best Teaching Award by Saarland University students' representative council on…

Neuer Studiengang “Cybersicherheit”

Der neue Bachelor Studiengang Cybersicherheit an der Universität des Saarlandes wurde akkreditiert. Somit wird es den Studierenden ab Oktober möglich…



  •  Proseminar
  •  Michael Backes, Christoph Sorge
  •  Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00
  •  E1 1, Room 2.06

Android Security Lab

  •  Full-day Course
  •  Sven Bugiel
  •  Everyday 09:30 - 16:30
  •  Building E1 1, 2.06

Grundlagen der Cybersicherheit

  •  Lecture
  •  Michael Backes
  •  Thursday 12:00 - 14:00
  •  Building E1 3, HS 002

Bachelor/Master Seminar

  •  Lecture
  •  Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
  •  Wednesday 14:00-16:00 (only after announcement)
  •  Building E1 1, Room 2.06

Recent Publications

ADSNARK: Nearly-Practical Privacy-Preserving Proofs on Authenticated Data

Proceedings of the 36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), 2015

PriCL: Creating a Precedent. A Framework for Reasoning about Privacy Case Law

Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Principles of Security and Trust (POST), 2015

Fully Secure Inner-Product Proxy Re-Encryption with constant size Ciphertext

ACM ASIACCS Security in Cloud Computing Workshop 2015, 2015