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With critical infrastructure becoming increasingly networked and the number of networked sensors and other objects of everyday use in the Internet of Things growing rapidly, the security of the devices and networks involved is of crucial importance. Security issues around Bring-Your-Own-Device have furthered the importance of cybersecurity in recent years. The cybersecurity project aims to tackle this complex topic in an interdisciplinary and international manner, focusing primarily on computer science and legal questions.

In particular, the project explores the important, both mutually beneficial and conflict-prone relationship between cybersecurity and privacy. State-of-the-art cybersecurity protection often relies on the collection and analysis of large and ever increasing amounts of data. In order to detect anomalies, measures like deep packet inspection are used. At the same time, new regulation demands sharing that data with other companies and with governments in order to prevent cyber threats. In this context, the project aims to find common ground for regulating cybersecurity issues that benefit all stakeholders and are also privacy- and data protection-friendly.

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Durationsince 09/2016


Jörg Pohle, Dr.

Head of Research Program: Actors, Data and Infrastructures

Part of the research group

Part of the research programme

Former employees

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Pernice, I. (2018). Global Cybersecurity Governance. A Constitutional Analysis. Global Constitutionalism, 7(1), 112-141. DOI: 10.1017/S2045381718000023 Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). Risk Management in the Digital Constellation – A Constitutional Perspective, Conference Barcelona 2017 (part I). IDP. Revista de Internet, Derecho y Política, 83-94. Publication details

Djeffal, C. (2018). La cybersecurité en Allemagne. Revue de droit allemand, (im Erscheinen). Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Pohle, J. (2019). Privacy and Data Protection by Design: A Critical Perspective. In R. S. Milch, S. Benthall, A. Potcovaru (Eds.), Building Common Approaches for Cybersecurity and Privacy in a Globalized World (pp. 134–141). New York: New York University, Center for Cybersecurity. Publication details

Working paper

Pernice, I. (2017). Cybersecurity Governance: Making Cyberspace a Safer Place. HIIG Discussion Paper Series. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Strategien globaler Cyber(sicherheits-)Politik – ein transatlantischer Vergleich
Recht und Sicherheit im digitalen Raum – wer macht was im föderalen System?. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Villa la Collina, Cadenabbia, Italy: 21.08.2019

Ingolf Pernice

Privacy and Data Protection by Design – A Critical Perspective
Building Common Approaches for Cybersecurity and Privacy in a Globalized World (Session: Building Security: Design and Certification). NYU Center for Cybersecurity, Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft. New York University, New York, USA: 03.10.2018

Jörg Pohle

Sicherheitssimulation, Sicherheitstheater und Movie Plot Security
Sicherheit 2017. Heimvolkshochschule Lubmin, Lubmin, Germany: 08.07.2017

Jörg Pohle

Organisation of events

Ethical hacking and Cybersecurity
From 02.07.2018 to 02.07.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (National)

Björn Scheuermann