Perspectives of Cyber Security Sven Bugiel, Giancarlo Pellegrino



Announcement on 25.11.2020 about Founders Project

Dear students, on 25 Nov, prof. Zeller will join the lecture and share with you some news about the founders project. Please, make sure you will be there.


Registration in LSF

Dear all, the examination office wants me to remind you that the registration in LSF is due by Nov 25. Thus, please register by then if you like to be graded.

Update: Corrected the date. November 25, NOT October.


Update on modus operandi and grading

Please note the update to the modus operandi and the grading/passing that is posted in the CMS.


Perspectives of Cybersecurity

In this lecture series, we give insights into the many facets of cybersecurity research and founder's activities in the vicinity. We put a focus on marketable and innovative ideas and trends.  


This lecture takes place every Wednesday, 16:00 to 17:30 on Zoom. Instructions to access the lecture are here.

Every event is composed of a new topic presented by an invited founder who presents their story or a CISPA faculty to introduce security/privacy problems in need of innovative solutions.

Date Presenter URL / Topic
Nov 04 Sven Bugiel and Giancarlo Pellegrino
  • Introduction
  • The CISPA Incubator
Nov 11

Sebastien Charles (PosterLab)

Nov 18 Roman Tabachnikov (Bitahoy)
Nov 25

Niklas Hellemann (SoSafe GmbH)

Dec 02

Fabian Yamaguchi (ShiftLeft, Inc.)

Dec 09 Felix Magedanz (Hanko GmbH)
Dec 16

David Kelm (IT-SEAL)

Jan 06

Christian Arndt (High-Tech Gründerfonds)

Jan 13

Johannes Späth (Codeshield GmbH)

Jan 20 Sergej Dechand (Code Intelligence GmbH)
Jan 27

Marius Steffens (CISPA)

Scientific paper:

Modus Operandi

Weekly presentations and Q&A

Roughly every week will be a presentation by a founder of a security/privacy-related startup (or a company that sees an urgent need for a security/privacy product in its domain). This talk is followed by a Q&A (or interview) with the presenter. This should give you insights into the experiences of creating a startup.

Students task (mandatory): In preparation for the Q&A session, every student has to prepare by checking the startup (URL is provided in the schedule) and submit via the CMS 2-3 questions they could ask in the Q&A. This could be related to the niche in the market that the company occupies, the target group they aimed, etc.

Joint event

At the end of the semester (tentative date: March 26, might change depending on the Corona situation) we will have a joint 1-day event where every student/team pitches its own idea for a product in a short presentation with subsequent feedback/discussion. The idea of this event is to make students go once through the process of developing an idea, doing the necessary background research, and then pitching it in front of an audience. 

To this end, the CISPA faculty will provide a short list of recent research results with potential for tech transfer into a product, and students/teams should derive their product idea and pitch from this list. This avoids the need to reveal any real business idea that students already have in mind and at the same time this day also provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts with the CISPA faculty.

To prepare for this event, in the introduction, you'll get to know

  • General guidelines for entrepreneurial pitches
  • A typical pitch structure
  • How to motivate your topic

Further, the tech transfer team at CISPA will present a short example for a hypothetical tech transfer based on a selected research result from CISPA researchers.

Grading and requirements for passing the course

The final grade is based on your pitch at the joint event. We base this grade on:

  1. 50% Content:
    • A 5-page report, showing the research for your product idea 
  2. 50% Form, of which 12.5% each:
    1. Structure/Thread
    2. Action Titles (covered in intro lecture)

    3. MECE (, covered in intro lecture)

    4. General presentation (e.g., rhetoric)

To pass the course, you need:

  1. Hand in the Q&A in preparation for each talk
  2. Attend the talks
  3. Achieve at least 50% in your pitch

Exam Registration

You have to register for the course in LSF until Nov 20 in order to receive a grade from your pitch.

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