at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science

The Cybersecurity group conducts research into various topics, ranging from cryptography to data analytics, and focuses on improving cybersecurity. We aim to make – in particular the digital – world safer by furthering state-of-the-art computer science theories, algorithms, and implementations.

Research area

In privacy, we develop advanced methods for homomorphic encryption and multi-party computing with application in data sharing and blockchain. In hardware, we use machine learning to develop new attack mechanisms for side-channel analysis, and evolutionary algorithms to create improved hardware designs. In networking, we build crawlers and fuzzers to collect big data sets that give us an overview of the latest security threats. In software, we develop new algorithms for automated reverse engineering or analysis of applications.

We develop solutions that contribute to the very latest technology in the fields of computer security and artificial intelligence (AI). Examples include the development of learning algorithms that can handle large network data flows, deep learning methods that are immune to common side-channel defenses, machine learning algorithms that can operate on encrypted data, and analysis of the latest security threats. We aim to publish our results in scientific journal and conferences of A and A* quality, and to transfer our scientific know-how and technologies to students, and our public and private partners in the field of cybersecurity.


We are responsible for cybersecurity education at B.Sc. and M.Sc. level in the computer science program. Since 2013, a specialization program on cybersecurity exists within the master program in Computer Science. We closely collaborate in teaching, student supervision and research with other groups within Computer Science (such as Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, and Delft Blockchain lab), and in particular with our colleagues in the Cybersecurity group at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management through the Computer Science special program Cybersecurity, and the Executive Master program Cybersecurity.

Collaborations with external organizations are essential for education and research in cybersecurity. The cybersecurity group has an extensive network of public and private partnerships, which in many cases provide us with use cases, cybersecurity data, and financial support. Our research and education can therefore be characterized as being use-inspired and fundamental, ranging from developing new security and AI algorithms to engaging with real use cases of our partners.


Research activities
The research activities are organized around our faculty members.


17 mei 2017

International One Conference 2017 - We are all connected

On 16 and 17 May the 9th Annual International One Conference was organised by the National Cyber Security Centre with over 80 speakers including 11 year old Rueben Paul.

01 mei 2017

Joint call for proposals U.S. - Netherlands Cyber Security Research Programme

This is a Joint call for proposals from NWO, the Ministery of Justice & Security and the Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division. NWO, in the name of the funding partners, invites researchers with a background in ICT or Computer Science to submit a proposal within the themes of this call, in partnership with a U.S. co-applicant. The US co-applicant should submit his proposal at DHS CSD.

19 april 2017

Partnership to combat cybercrime

Mr Wim Nagtegaal (TNO COO) is proud to see the research contributions of TU Delft Prof Pieter Hartel being translated to worldwide delivery. This is important from both a security perspective and also emphasizes the Netherlands’ innovation potential.”

02 april 2017

The First ACM Workshop on Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, BCC'17

The paper "A Framework for Preventing Double-Financing using Blockchain Technology" has been accepted for publication in The First ACM Workshop on Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, BCC'17 to be held in conjunction with ACM AsiaCCS’17. This work was part of a BSc honour project by Joris Oudejans and Hidde Lycklama under supervision of TU Delft assistant professor Zekeriya Erkin on the topic of blockchain and finance.

30 maart 2017

TU Delft partner Nationale Blockchain Coalitie

Minister Kamp van Economische Zaken heeft op 30 maart de actieagenda van de Nationale Blockchain Coalitie in ontvangst genomen. De agenda is een gezamenlijk initiatief van ruim twintig organisaties - waaronder het Blockchain Lab van de TU Delft - uit de logistieke, energie- en financiële sector, alsmede kennisinstellingen en overheden. Met deze agenda wil Nederland internationaal voorloper worden in de toepassing van blockchain technologie.

23 maart 2017

Koning Willem-Alexander bezoekt The Hague Security Delta

Zijne majesteit de Koning heeft op 23 maart 2017 een werkbezoek gebracht aan The Hague Security Delta (HSD) en ging met professor Jan van den Berg in gesprek over de executive masteropleiding Cyber Security die de TU Delft samen met de Universiteit Leiden en Haagse Hogeschool aanbiedt.

23 maart 2017

The University of Tokyo and Deloitte Japan visited the Cyber Security Group

Delegations from the University of Tokyo and Deloitte Japan visited Cyber Security @ TU Delft on March 23 2017 to discuss possible collaboration on research and education.

03 maart 2017

Talk at PI.lab

On March 3 2017 TU Delft assistant professor Zekeriya Erkin gave a talk at PI.lab on applications of homomorphic encryption as manner to promote Privacy enhancing technologies. He presented his view on possibilities to effectively secure data by using homomorphic encryption and a manner to promote Privacy by Design. You can find his presentation here.

01 maart 2017

H2020-DS-2016-2017 call for proposals

The European commission published a call for proposals on a Cybersecurity PPP: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors

17 februari 2017

The first BMC Cyber Award

Shimano Europe wins first BMC Cyber Award. TU Delft Prof Pieter Hartel was one of the jurors.