About us

The former IT security centers EC SPRIDE and CASED, respectively funded by the German Federal Government and the State of Hesse, have been united in order to bundle their strengths within the “Center for Research in Security and Privacy” (CRISP).

Under the core topic “Security at Large”, the center’s research activities focus on the study of security for large systems, starting with their individual components up to their interaction within comprehensive security solutions. The research areas “Secure Internet Infrastructure” and “Secure Web Applications” are both flagship projects at CRISP.

CRISP is comprised of several partner institutions that include Technische Universität Darmstadt with its CYSEC profile area for IT security research, the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (Fraunhofer IGD), both located in Darmstadt. This partnership represents the largest alliance of research institutes in the area of cybersecurity within Europe.

The research projects are interdisciplinary – involving various subject areas such as engineering, philosophy, physics, psychology, law and economics – and they cooperate both nationally and inter­nationally with non-university research and industry partners.

CRISP is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts.

Facts about CRISP


lectures held at inter­national conferences


organized conferences by our researchers


Distinguished Lectures in Cybersecurity 


national and inter­national awards for our researchers


researchers in CRISP partner institutes are working on Cybersecurity topics


supporting institutions at one location



Founding of the German Data Center, Deutsche Rechenzentrum (DRZ) in Darmstadt. In the seventies the Institute for Teleprocessing later emerged into the Fraunhofer Institut für Sichere Informations Technologie, SIT.


Founding of the Fraunhofer Institut für Graphische Da­ten­verarbeitung IGD by Prof. Dr.- Ing. Jose Luis Encarnacao. The institute was one of the first research institutes with its own website and which had done research on internet technologies.


The active universities and research institutes from Darmstadt, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fraunhofer IGD, GMD-SIT (now Fraunhofer SIT), GMD-IPSI, University of Applied Sciences and several industrial representatives founded the Competence Center for Applied Security (CAST).


Through the support of the Horst Görtz Foundation, Prof. Claudia Eckert became the first professor for IT security in Information Technology at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt.


Founding of the Darmstadt Center for IT-Security (DZI). Until 2008 it bundled the divers IT-Security activities of the Technische Universität Darmstadt.


The DZI became part of the LOEWE-ZENTRUM, the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED). LOEWE stands for Landesoffensive für wissenschaftlich- ökonomische Exzellenz, the State Offensive for Scientific and Economic Excellence. It is an initiative in which the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art successfully supports the regional focus and networking of science, non-universitiy research and the economy. In CASED the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and the Fraunhofer Institute SIT bundle their competences in the field of IT-Security.


Since the beginning of the wintersemester 2010/11 the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers the specialized master studies M. Sc.  in IT-Security. The Universtiy for Applied Sciences in Darmstadt also offers advanced studies in IT-Security.


As one of three centers of competence for IT security the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE). The main goal of EC Spride were optimally secure IT systems and software in the design phase and during the whole life cycle, through the use of new scientific findings, procedures and tools.


During the wintersemester 2014/15  the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt established the course cooperative IT security, KITS.


The up until then government (EC SPRIDE) and state funded (CASED) reseach centers for IT  security, bundle their resources and form the CRISP (Center for Research in Security an Privacy). Members of CRISP are the Technische Universität Darmstadt, with their profile area of IT research CYSEC, the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (Fraunhofer IGD), both located in Darmstadt. CRISP is Europe wide the greatest alliance of research facilities in the field of cyber security. 


The opening of the perfomance center "Sicherheit und Datenschutz in der Digitalen Welt" in which Fraunhofer Institute SIT und IGD cooperate for the rapid transfer of research results into practise. With the founding of the perfomance center the premier inter­national position of cyber security research in Darmstadt is furthermore strengthened.


On the occaison of the "Digital Hub Initiative" the Bundesfinanzministerium declared the Frankfurt- Darmstadt region to a prominent hub for the digital transformation of the economy in April. Darmstadt hereby  already assumes the role of the "Digital Hub in Cyber Security" in addition to the already declared "Digital Hub for Fin Tech" in Frankfurt from 2016.

In June Darmstadt wins the Bitkom competition "Digitale Stadt". Darmstadt hereby will become the only developed model city in the upcoming years throughout Germany. The main focus for the digitalisation will be in the fields of traffic, the supply of energy, schools and healthcare.

On December 1, the startup incubator "StartUpSecure" started at CRISP. The incubator ist sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to promote young companies in the field of IT-Security.


In October, Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and Hessian Minister of Science Boris Rhein announced that CRISP will be expanded into a "National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity".