Welcome to the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

Facilitating collaborative research and training

Cybersecurity and privacy are emerging as central issues our society needs to tackle in the coming decade to secure our future. The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) at the University of Waterloo, is tackling these challenges head-on by fostering interdisciplinary research collaborations and increasing the visibility and strength of Waterloo's cybersecurity and privacy research. CPI is advancing discovery and partnerships in numerous application areas including:

  • Quantum computing & communication
  • Data science
  • Cryptography
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Policy & Legal
  • Social impacts of security and privacy

CPI’s vision is to be internationally recognized as a leading interdisciplinary research institute making significant impacts in improving information security and human privacy. Waterloo is uniquely capable of devising effective cybersecurity and privacy tools and technologies, commercializing these advancements, developing the next generation of cybersecurity leaders, and leading industry-academic collaboration. 


The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute hosted a unique interdisciplinary workshop on campus that brought together University of Waterloo faculty, staff, and students, as well as industry representatives and visiting academics. Attendees spent an enjoyable and thought-provoking day Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Enterprise Theatre in East Campus 5 exploring algorithmic game theory by hearing perspectives from both economists and computer scientists in a special speaker/presentation format organized and led by CPI’s Acting Executive Director, Anindya Sen.

Congratulations to our Winter 2024 CPI Undergraduate Award Winners!

The potential woes of winter did not stop these University of Waterloo students from excelling last term. This notable award recognizes the top performing scholar(s) in any course that has a significant cybersecurity and privacy component. Each recipient has received $1,000, which was made possible by the generous sponsorship from Mastercard Canada.

An interview with Assistant Professor Xi He, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo, Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute, and CPI Member.

Professor XI He talks about her research and teaching, as well as the salient topics surrounding her research in differential privacy.

A chat with CPI member Leah Zhang-Kennedy about making her own mark in the globally impactful field of cybersecurity and privacy as an Assistant Professor in interaction design and user experience research, and director of the Safe Interactions Lab at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.