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…

Teaching (current term)

Grundlagen der Cybersicherheit

  • Lecture
  • Michael Backes
  • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
  • Building E1 3, HS 001

Bachelor/Master Seminar

  • Lecture
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
  • Wednesday 14:00-16:00 (only after announcement)
  • Building E9 1 (CISPA), Room 3.08

Usable Security and Privacy

  • Seminar
  • Michael Backes
  • Independent work throughout the semester plus two weekends for meetings at the end of the semester
  • Building E1 1, Room 2.06

Recent Publications

Boxify: Full-fledged App Sandboxing for Stock Android

24th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 15) , 2015

Oblivion: Mitigating Privacy Leaks by Controlling the Discoverability of Online Information

13th International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS) , 2015

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

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