Welcome to the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

Canada can be a world leader in cybersecurity and privacy, exploiting a growing need for solutions by exporting innovations in platforms, software and services to the world. Waterloo is Canada’s leader at turning information and communication technology (ICT) research into innovations that create economic advantage.

Waterloo has world-leading research strengths in:

  • Cryptography
  • Security
  • Privacy enhancing technologies
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Algorithms
  • Networks and distributed systems
  • Mathematics relevant to cryptography. 

Waterloo is uniquely capable of devising effective cybersecurity and privacy tools and technologies, commercializing these tools and technologies, developing the next generation of cybersecurity leaders, and leading an industry-academic collaboration.

Read more about the Centre's research, training, and knowledge mobilization.


Florian Kerschbaum - Executive Director

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute 519-888-4567 ext. 37746

  1. Mar. 13, 2019Scaling Hyperledger Fabric: Creating faster and more efficient transactions
    Professor Srinivasan Keshav, PhD candidate Christian Gorenflo and Professor Lukasz Golab

    Originally built as a way to secure cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain is a digital platform that verifies and records exchanges. Blockchains are global networks that can have millions of users, each adding information or data that is secured through cryptography. This creates an indisputable history of these transactions that cannot be modified by a single user, eliminating opportunities for fraud, and it is this feature that has some heralding blockchain as a way of increasing cybersecurity.

  2. Mar. 8, 2019New cybersecurity system offers better protection against hacking and censorship
    Photograph of a hacker from the back

    A new cybersecurity system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo has a set a new standard in the fight to protect people from malicious online attacks.   

    The new tool, a naming system called Bitforest, is one of the first systems that provides an efficient method of decentralized, online security in a way that is easy for the average person to use. The naming system converts more easily remembered names, such as usernames and domain names, to values like public keys needed for securely communicating with computer services and devices.

  3. Feb. 18, 2019Professor Florian Kerschbaum speaks about cybersecurity, privacy and ethics in the age of machine learning and AI at World Affairs Conference
    Florian Kerschbaum

    Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Florian Kerschbaum spoke about cybersecurity, privacy and ethics in the age of machine learning and artificial intelligence to high school students at the 2019 World Affairs Conference, held this year on February 4 to 5, 2019 in Toront

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  1. June 20, 2019UW Workshop True North - All hands on deck for a security incident

    All Hands on Deck for a Security Incident

    Targeted at tech company leadership and product management, the All Hands on Deck workshop, hosted by the University of Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Centre, will explore the broad range of roles involved in privacy and security and the growing global skills-shortage in the field. Participants will learn why privacy and security program planning should involve the entire organization and include investment in awareness and training.

  2. Oct. 1, 2019CyberCity Conference

    Dinah Davis, Jamie Hari, Lewis Humphreys, and John Svazic have created a Security and Privacy Conference in Waterloo Region on October 1st 2019.

    Their goal is to raise awareness of all the amazing cybersecurity companies and professionals in this region with the purpose of putting Waterloo Region on the map as Canada's CyberCity!

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