Grades available

Written on 02.05.22 by Sven Bugiel

Dear all, 

the grades are now visible in CMS. We will enter them into LSF in the next days. If you have questions about the grading and the feedback, please contact us soon before the grades will be finalized.

Update: New time slot for Neumann's talk on Feb 3

Written on 26.01.22 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Quick update: The talk by Stephan Neumann, our invited speaker for the Feb 3rd session, has been postponed from 14:00 to 18:00 to the same day.

Update: No presentation on Nov 4, 2021

Written on 03.11.21 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Quick update about the schedule: There will be no presentation on Nov 4, 2021. 

Information for attending via Zoom updated

Written on 21.10.21 by Sven Bugiel

We updated the information for attending via Zoom here. For now, we will keep this course online only (also because most of our speakers are not located in Saarbrücken). 

Course website online

Written on 02.10.21 by Sven Bugiel

The course website with basic information about the modus operandi is online. Please be patient while we fix the final schedule for the presentations. To get an idea about the type of speakers, please refer to last year's iteration.

Perspectives of Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity

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

Please note that the goal of this course is to provide first-hand insights into how to create successful startups in cybersecurity. While it is aimed at the students of the Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity Masters Program for grading and achieving the CP, we invite everyone interested to attend the talks also when not participating to get CP!


This lecture takes place every Thursday, 14:15 to 16:00 on Zoom. Instructions to access the lecture are provided here.

Note: To allow invited guests from the US to join POSER, we will use two exceptional slots at 18:15 - 20:00 (marked in yellow).

Every event is composed of a new topic presented by an invited founder or VC who presents their story.

Date Time Presenter URL / Topic
Oct 21 14:15 – 14:45 Sven Bugiel and Giancarlo Pellegrino
  • Introduction and kick-off
Oct 28 14:15 – 16:00

Marc Schickhaus (CISPA)

  • The CISPA Incubator
  • How to give a pitch
Nov 04 14:15 – 16:00   No presentation
Nov 11 14:15 – 16:00

Ingrida Krivickaite (KWT)

Nov 18 14:15 – 16:00

Roman Tabachnikov (Bitahoy)

Nov 25 14:15 – 16:00 Lukas Bieringer (QuantPi)
Dec 02 14:15 – 16:00

Uwe Kissmann (Accenture)

Dec 09 14:15 – 16:00

Fabian Yamaguchi (ShiftLeft)

Dec 16 18:15 – 20:00

Pedram Amini (InQuest)

No presentations between Dec 23 and Jan 06
Jan 13 14:15 – 16:00 Christian Arndt (HTGF)
Jan 20 14:15 – 16:00

Stefan Nürnberger (Elexir)

Jan 27 18:15 – 20:00 Zakir Durumeric (Stanford University and co-founder Censys)
Feb 03 (new time!) 14:15 – 16:00
18:15 – 20:00

Stephan Neumann (Landesbank Saar)

Feb 10 18:15 – 20:00 Engin Kirda (Northeastern University, co-founder LastLine)

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.

The following only applies for participants that want to get CP.

Students task (mandatory): In preparation for the Q&A session, every student has to prepare by checking the startup and supplemental material (URLs are in the schedule) and submit via the CMS 2-3 questions they would ask in the Q&A. Questions could be related to the niche in the market that the company occupies, the target group they aim at, pitfalls and challenges etc.


Joint event

At the end of the semester (i.e., 07/04/2022) 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


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 questions in preparation for each talk
  2. Attend the talks
  3. Achieve at least 50% in your pitch


LSF Registration

You have to register for the course in LSF until Nov 11 in order to receive a grade.

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