Center for Information Security and Trust

The focal point for research and education in cybersecurity at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU).

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The ITU Center for Information Security and Trust (ITU CISAT) provides a multidisciplinary research environment, delivering knowledge and capacity necessary to tackle modern cybersecurity challenges from a societal, legal, organizational, and technical point of view. ITU CISAT draws on expertise in information security, computer science, social science, law and philosophy, covering the range of basic research in security science to applied research in systems-building and analysis of the implications to society.



ITU CISAT conducts research in information security, in terms of:


Reliability, security by design, language-based security, continuous deployment


Adversary-, capability- and risk-modeling, risk mitigation, cyber attack detection, theorem proving, model checking


Organizational effects, including trustability, governance, and legislation


Human perceptions of trust, ethics and privacy, including psychological, philosophical and cognitive aspects


ITU CISAT provides research-based multidisciplinary Bachelor's and Master's programs within information security in order to meet the need for cybersecurity experts. ITU CISAT students acquire competencies enabling them to make security decisions as suppliers and acquirers of software, to construct secure software, to assess security risks, to perform penetration testing, and more.

ITU CISAT also strengthens the competences of professionals. In 2019, the center will start up two new projects that will support Danish companies to upgrade their IT security; CSSME Courses (Cyber Security courses for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and CIDI (Cybersecure IoT in Danish Industry). Both projects are funded by Industriens Fond.


Steering Committee

Carsten Schürmann


Computer Science


Steffen Dalsgaard

Associate Professor

Business IT


Bernardo David

Associate Professor

Christopher Gad

Associate Professor

Irina Shklovski

Associate Professor

Morten Hjelholt

Associate Professor

Riko Jacob

Associate Professor

Søren Debois

Associate Professor

Marco Carbone

Associate Professor

Alessandro Bruni

Associate Professor

Oksana Kulyk

Assistant Professor

Rosario Giustolisi

Assistant Professor

Willard Rafnsson

Assistant Professor

Elda Paja

Assistant Professor

Lorenzo Gentile

PhD Student

Ieva Daukantas

PhD Student

Working Groups

CISAT working groups are a good way for external parterners, including industry and governmental and non-governmental organizations to interact with CISAT on topics that are becoming increasingly relevant for securing critical infrastructure systems. For more information about each working group, how to join them, please visit the Working Group's webpage.



Date Time Title Speaker Location
11-Jan 15:00 - 16:00 FAST: Fair Auctions via Secret Transactions Lorenzo Gentile Online
08-Mar 15:00 - 16:00 "It's Not Something They Really Care About": A Study on Security and Privacy Practices in Danish Companies Asmita Dalela Online
23-Mar 15.00 - 16.00 Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers Bruce Schneier Online
12-Apr 15.00 - 16.00 PESTO: Proactive Secure Distributed SSO, or How to Trust a Hacked Server Carsten Baum, Aarhus University Online
19-Apr 15.00 - 16.00 Research on illicit online markets, mainly for drugs and other goods Rasmus Munksgaard, Aalborg University Online
26-Apr 15.00 - 16.00 Modelling Human Threats in Socio-Technical Systems Rosario Giustolisi, ITU Online
3-May 15.00 - 16.00 Certifying the True Error: Machine Learning in Coq with Verified Generalization Guarantees Gordon Stewart, Ohio University Online
10-May 15.00 - 16.00 CertRL: Formalizing Convergence Proofs for Value and Policy Iteration in Coq Koundinya Vajjha, University of Pittsburgh Online
17-May 15.00 - 16.00 X-Men: A Mutation-Based Approach for the Formal Analysis of Security Ceremonies Dr. Diego Sempreboni, King’s College London Online
31-May 9.00 - 10.00 Silas: High-Performance Computing, Automated Reasoning and Machine Learning at the Core of Trustworthy AI Dr. Zhe Hou, Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Griffith University, Australia Online
14-June 15.00 - 16.00 "Now I'm a bit angry:" Individuals' Awareness, Perception, and Responses to Data Breaches that Affected Them Dr. Peter Mayer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Online
23-August 15.00 - 16.00 Software-Defined Data Protection: Low Overhead Policy Compliance at the Storage Layer is Within Reach! Zsolt István, ITU Online
30-August 15.00 - 16.00 Hardware Lottery and the Perils of Computer Security Dr. Tanvir Arafin Online
13-September 15.00 - 16.00 Improving proof assistant user productivity using language models Karl Palmskog, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Pengyu Nie, University of Texas at Austin, USA Online
27-September 15.00 - 16.00 Voters perception of Trust in Risk Limiting Audits Asmita Dalela, ITU Online
11-October 9.00 - 10.00 Modular Synthesis of Certifying STV Counting Programs Emeritus Professor Rajeev Gore, Australian National University Online
18-October 15.00 - 16.00 Ai2: Safety and robustness certification of neural networks with abstract interpretation Dana Drachsler Cohen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technion, Israel Online
22-October 15.00 - 16.00 A formal approach to coercion-resistance and its application to e-voting Mathias Oliver Valdbjørn Jørgensen, MSc, ITU Online
3-October 14.00 - 14.00 Mt. Random: Multi-tiered Randomness Beacons Bernardo Machado David, ITU Online
8-November 15.00 - 16.00 Towards Auditable AI Systems Christian Berghoff and Arndt von Twickel, technical officers at the Federal Office for Information Security in Bonn, Germany Online
15-November 15.00 - 16.00 Trust and Trustworthiness of Voting Systems Professor Peter Y A Ryan, University of Luxembourg Online

Contact Ieva Daukantas to propose a talk.


Carsten Schürmann

Professor, Head of ITU CISAT

(+45) 26 39 36 06

Jari Kickbusch

Research Communicator

(+45) 22 48 28 27

ITU CISAT is part of the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), located at Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300