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. Jan. 9, 2019App will protect confidential data when crossing bordersThree Shatter Secrets app screens

    Computer scientists at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science have found a novel method to help travellers protect sensitive information from border control agents.

    The system is being developed into an app called “Shatter Secrets” by Erinn Atwater, who is the research director of the not-for-profit Open Privacy, an organization dedicated to understanding, researching and serving the privacy needs of marginalized and highly targeted at-risk communities. 

  2. Sep. 28, 2018Waterloo launches the Cybersecurity and Privacy InstituteSymcor employees and Florian Kerschbaum

    Bringing together researchers from across Waterloo’s six faculties.

    On Friday, September 27, Waterloo celebrated the launch of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) with 100 attendees including security leaders from the private and public sectors. CPI was formed to uncover new approaches to security and privacy and educating Canada’s future leaders to be able to understand and respond to emerging online threats.

  3. Sep. 28, 2018Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute launched at University of WaterlooCybersecurity and Privacy Institute wordmark

    The University of Waterloo launched its Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute today.

    The interdisciplinary Institute has the mandate to uncover new approaches to security and privacy and educating Canada’s future leaders to be able to understand and respond to emerging online threats.

    The Institute will also work closely with corporations and government to advance their cybersecurity and privacy protection capabilities.

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  1. Jan. 17, 2019Seminar • Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) — Designing Robust Defenses for Modern Payment Systems

    Nolen Scaife, PhD candidate
    Florida Institute for Cybersecurity, University of Florida

  2. Jan. 18, 2019Cybersecurity Risk to Physical Infrastructure

    As part of the Cybersecurity and International Affairs Workshops by the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute and the Balsillie School of International Affairs

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