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. July 16, 2018National Defence funds University of Waterloo project to connect experts focused on defence and security

    An affiliate of the University of Waterloo’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI), Bessma Momani, leads the winning submission for the Defense Engagement Program.

    The submission, The Future of Canadian Defence and Security: New Challenges, New Perspectives, provides a network of external experts for the Department of National Defence (DND), connects and educates the next generation of experts, and helps to inform Canadians about the importance of defence and security matters.

  2. June 8, 2018Smartphone PIN protection methods have high failure rate

    Popular methods of protecting smartphone personal identification number (PINs) may only be successful in safeguarding your personal information 20 per cent of the time, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.

  3. Feb. 20, 2018Developing protocols for better Off-The-Record encryptionScreenshot of the paper: Improved Strongly Deniable Authenticated Key Exchanges for Secure Messaging

    Cryptography done right has become increasingly important as the impacts of poor implementations are being felt by journalists, whistleblowers and political activists around the world.

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  1. July 31, 2018CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy - Finding Very Damaging Needles in Very Large Haystacks

    Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley / Corelight, Inc. / International Computer Science Institute

    Many of the most costly security compromises that enterprises suffer manifest as tiny trickles of behavior hidden within oceans of other site activity. This talk will examine the problem of developing robust detectors for particular forms of such activity. The process is in some ways a dual to that of adversaries who seek to design algorithms to identify users who employ particular approaches for keeping their network activity private.

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