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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.


N. Asokan - Executive Director

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute 519-888-4567 ext. 32263

  1. Oct. 9, 2020Waterloo partnership launches cybersecurity platform in Singapore
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    The University hopes to introduce a similar initiative in Canada to support cybersecurity workforce

    The University of Waterloo, in partnership with several stakeholders, has launched a new platform in Singapore to help address a cybersecurity workforce skills gap in the region.

  2. July 6, 2020Managing the pandemic through contact tracing apps: Technological innovation or a challenge to privacy and civil liberties
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    Managing the pandemic through contact tracing apps

    Technological innovation or a challenge to privacy and civil liberties

    By Angelica Sanchez

    University Relations


    In an effort to track the spread of COVID-19, more and more contact tracing apps will continue to emerge. However, there are major concerns surrounding privacy issues when it comes to technology such as these apps collecting personal data.

  3. May 19, 2020Coronavirus statement

    Statement on privacy-respecting and trust-worthy COVID-19 tracing apps (version française ci-dessous - for the French version see below)

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  1. June 23, 2021Multi-stage Risk-aware Adaptive Authentication and Access Control - Ph.D. Seminar BBB

    Please join us on June 22nd (Tuesday) at 3:00 pm for Jiayi Chen's Ph.D. seminar. The seminar will be held online on BBB at

    Title: Multi-stage Risk-aware Adaptive Authentication and Access Control

  2. June 30, 2021Safehouse: A Comprehensive Secure Group Messaging Solution - Ph.D Seminar

    Please join us on Wednesday, June 30th at 3:00 pm for Nik Unger's Ph.D.

  3. July 9, 2021End-to-End Encrypted Group Messaging with Insider Security - PhD defence

    Please join us on 

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