Human-Centered Security

We are a research group that studies the intersection of computer security and privacy with human factors. We are particularly interested in investigating end users, administrators, developers and designers of computer systems and their interdependencies with computer security and privacy mechanisms.

Our research involves large-scale analyses of the Internet and software repositories to understand the huge challenges humans face when interacting with computer security and privacy mechanisms.

To understand root causes, evaluate existing mechanisms and investigate novel ideas, we conduct all kinds of user studies with end users, administrators, and developers of these systems.


We are an independent research group at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association.

  • Some of our ongoing research projects are listed at Projects.
  • Recently accepted and published research work is listed at Publications.
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Our Empirical Information Security group is part of the Institute of Practical Computer Science at Leibniz University Hannover. We offer classes and thesis supervision for LUH students.

  • Our past and present classes are listed at Classes.
  • If you are a LUH student and want to write your thesis with us, check out our Theses section.

News & Events

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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
November der Wissenschaft

We are delighted to announce that we are participating in LUH's “November der Wissenschaft 2021". The combined discussion/debate is titled “Kommunikationssicherheit im Digitalen Zeitalter” and scheduled on 02. Nov. 2021 from 18:00–19:00.

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