Center for Information Security and Trust

The focal point for research and education in cybersecurity at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU).

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The ITU Center for Information Security and Trust (ITU CIST) provides a multidisciplinary research environment, delivering knowledge and capacity necessary to tackle modern cybersecurity challenges from a societal, legal, organizational, and technical point of view. ITU CIST draws on expertise in information security, computer science, social science, law and philosophy, covering the range of basic research in security science to applied research in systems-building and analysis of the implications to society.



ITU CIST conducts research in information security, in terms of:


Reliability, security by design, language-based security, continuous deployment


Adversary-, capability- and risk-modeling, risk mitigation, cyber attack detection, theorem proving, model checking


Organizational effects, including trustability, governance, and legislation


Human perceptions of trust, ethics and privacy, including psychological, philosophical and cognitive aspects


ITU CIST provides research-based multidisciplinary Bachelor's and Master's programs within information security in order to meet the need for cybersecurity experts. ITU CIST students acquire competencies enabling them to make security decisions as suppliers and acquirers of software, to construct secure software, to assess security risks, to perform penetration testing, and more.

ITU CIST also strengthens the competences of professionals. In 2019, the center will start up two new projects that will support Danish companies to upgrade their IT security; CSSME Courses (Cyber Security courses for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and CIDI (Cybersecure IoT in Danish Industry). Both projects are funded by Industriens Fond.


Steering Committee

Carsten Schürmann

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Head of ITU CIST

Steffen Dalsgaard

Associate Professor

Business IT


Bernardo David

Associate Professor

Christopher Gad

Associate Professor

Irina Shklovski

Associate Professor

Morten Hjelholt

Associate Professor

Riko Jacob

Associate Professor

Søren Debois

Associate Professor

Marco Carbone

Associate Professor

Alessandro Bruni

Assistant Professor

Oksana Kulyk

Assistant Professor

Rosario Giustolisi

Assistant Professor

Willard Rafnsson

Assistant Professor


Carsten Schürmann

Associate Professor, Head of ITU CIST

(+45) 26 39 36 06

Jari Kickbusch

Research Communicator

(+45) 22 48 28 27

ITU CIST is part of the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), located at Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300