Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy

Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy was founded in May 2019. The institute’s mission is to study and develop the technical foundations and interdisciplinary aspects of security and privacy. The institute seeks impact through publications, artifacts, and personnel, and serves as a center of excellence for basic research and for the training of the next generation of scientific leaders in security and privacy.


Universitätsstraße 140
44799 Bochum
Phone: +49 234 90498-0

Attackers have the ability not only to manipulate software, but also to tamper with the hardware. A team from Bochum is devising methods to detect such tampering.

Inside IBM's quantum computer, you can see the tower-shaped cryostat with numerous silver cables and struts running between two golden discs.The cables end under the lower disc with golden plugs in connector strips.

Cryptographic systems that even quantum computers cannot crack will soon be standard in the USA


Two simple antennas can protect computer hardware against physical manipulation


Intelligent reflecting surfaces can protect sensible data against attacks by adversarial wireless sensing


Language assistants are programmed to react to “Alexa”, “Hey Siri” and “OK Google”, but they also respond to a large number of other words, too

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Attacks on software not only create billions of dollars in damage, but also threaten the privacy of users. Cybercriminals infiltrate programs through security holes. Marcel Böhme and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy have undertaken the task of closing entry points to attackers – and their approach has even caught the attention of companies such as Google.


MaxPlanckResearch 3/2022 Material & Technology

It’s a threatening scenario for online communications: the arrival of powerful quantum computers will make current encryption techniques vulnerable overnight. Peter Schwabe, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, is therefore developing methods of post-quantum cryptography with international partners. Four such processes are now being standardized by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the USA – Peter Schwabe was involved in the design of three of them.

Becoming a Max Planck Director via “secondchance” education is probably something of an exception. But that is precisely what happened in the case of Christof Paar, one of the founders of the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, where his work now includes tracking down hardware Trojans on computer chips.

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