Shaping Tomorrow's Cybersecurity: the Max Planck Society appoints CASA PI Peter Schwabe as Director at MPI-SP

Peter Schwabe has been appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) in Bochum to lead the development of new cryptographic systems.

Peter Schwabe, new director at MPI-SP, at building MC.

Peter Schwabe, CASA PI and new director at Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP). Copyright: CASA, Michael Schwettmann

Peter Schwabe joined MPI-SP in September 2020 as a tenured faculty member and established the Cryptographic Engineering Group. His research focuses on the security and performance of cryptographic software. During his time at MPI-SP he developed several cryptographic methods aimed at ensuring secure communication protected from quantum computer attacks. Three of these methods were selected by the American National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) for standardization, and will be employed by most online services in the future.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to work on building a new generation of cryptographic systems at help protect the assets of our digital society,” said Schwabe when learning about the appointment. 

Peter Schwabe studied Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University and was awarded a PhD from Eindhoven University in 2011. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Science and the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation of Academia Sinica, Taiwan and at National Taiwan University. He is also a part-time Professor for cryptographic engineering at Radboud University.

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