"Security United"

The iMinds Security Department aggregates a unique team of researchers: more than 120 researchers focus on ICT security. All three research groups involved in the iMinds Security Department have a track record of collaboration with academia and industry, both at a national and an international level.

iMinds: Stimulating ICT innovation

iMinds, the Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology, is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation. The iMinds team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It brings together companies, authorities, and non-profit organizations to join forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.



The DistriNet research group has extensive expertise in secure software engineering and in middleware and programming environments for distributed software. Within these two research domains the group performs research on a wide range of topics such as middleware for cloud computing, internet architectures, network and software security, embedded systems and multi-agent systems.


COSIC is a renowned research group whose goal is to create a secure electronic equivalent for interactions in the physical world such as confidentiality, signatures, identification, anonymity, payment and elections. The COSIC research concentrates on the design of cryptographic algorithms and protocols, on the development of security architectures for information and communication systems and on the development of security mechanisms for embedded systems. One of the well-known successes is the selection of Rijndael as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which is worldwide standard today. 


ICRI, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT, adresses the legal aspects of the information society and ICT. Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal engineering techniques in continuous interaction with technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. Three main research streams are pursued: data privacy and information security law, new media and communications, and information rights management.