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)

Android Security Lab

  • Full-day Course
  • Sven Bugiel
  • Everyday 09:30 - 16:30
  • Building E9 1, 3.08

From Idea to Paper: Usable Security Research in Theory and Practice

  • Seminar
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
  • Kickoff-Session Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 18:00, E9 1, R 0.06
  • Building E9.1 Room 0.06


  • Proseminar
  • Michael Backes, Christoph Sorge
  • Mondays 10:00 - 12:00
  • Building E9.1, Room 0.06

Theory of Modern Privacy Research

  • Seminar
  • Michael Backes
  • Independent work throughout the semester plus two weekends for meetings at the end of the semester
  • Building E9 1, Room 0.06

Recent Publications

Computational Soundness of Dalvik Bytecode

Efficient Cryptographic Password Hardening Services From Partially Oblivious Commitments