Cybersecurity at IRISA is an important transverse axis to several departments from IRISA that deals with the protection of information all the way starting from the hardware aspect up to the security of networks, through the security of computers or that of data..

The main research themes explored by the teams involved in this axis encompass the security of information systems including intrusion detection systems, cryptographic protocols, privacy protection, the security of embedded and ubiquitous devices, security policies, databases security or the security of distributed systems such as cloud computing, grid computing or peer-to-peer networks.

The cybersecurity axis, through its researchers, is involved in :

  • Programme et équipements prioritaires de recherche (PEPR) Cybersécurité : strategy for accelerating cybersecurity, which includes a major research program worth 65 million euros, led by the CNRS, Inria and the CEA.
    Gildas Avoine, INSA Rennes professor and CNRS scientific director, talks about it here (in French).
    Consult the CNRS article
  • High Security Laboratory (LHS): Initiated in 2015, this is a joint project between the Brittany region, the DGA, CentraleSupélec, the CNRS and Inria. The LHS aims to promote the development of work on topics such as hardware security and malware analysis. It brings together several experimental platforms.
  • Pôle d'Excellence Cyber - PEC : Initiated in 2014 by the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the Regional Council of Brittany with a national scope and an objective of international influence, the Cyber Pole of Excellence relies on the regional academic and industrial fabric but also on national partners or other territories. Its vocation is to stimulate the development of research, training and innovation for the benefit of its members, the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the national cyber community.
  • École Universitaire de Recherche en Cybersécurité - EUR CyberSchool : Since the start of the 2020 academic yearCyberSchool offers students an interdisciplinary program in the fundamental and emerging areas of cybersecurity. A high-level, innovative and international training program, backed by cutting-edge research, which aims to double the number of cybersecurity graduates from Rennes to eventually reach a total of 580 students.
  • C CUBE (for "Cyber ​​Security Competence Center") is a project led by the Brittany region, several academic establishments (CentraleSupélec, ENS de Rennes, ENSAI, IMT Atlantique, INSA de Rennes, IEP, Université Rennes and Université Rennes 2) and major research organizations (CNRS and Inria). This project aims to intensify the site's activities in the field of cybersecurity on 3 axes: research, training and innovation. It will bring together in one place, in Rennes, activities related to these 3 axes and will strengthen synergies between partners.
  • Groupement de Recherche (GdR) Sécurité Informatique : Initiated in 2017, the "Computer Security" research group is a French research coordination tool created by the CNRS Institute for Information Sciences and Interactions (INS2I), and open to the entire community. The themes covered by the GDR include coding and cryptography, formal methods for security, privacy protection, system, software and network security, security of hardware systems, security and multimedia data.
  • Forum International de la Cybersécurité - FIC : Initiated in 2007 by the French Gendarmerie Nationale, the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) has established itself as the benchmark event in Europe for digital security and trust. Its originality is to combine: a forum that encourages reflection and exchange within the European cybersecurity ecosystem and a trade show dedicated to meetings between buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Wide offer of regular seminars such as the cryptography seminar and digital security seminars
  • Thematic semesters in cybersecurity with the aim of reinforcing visibility and scientific activity, carrying out a strategic reflection on the theme, strengthening the activity of technology transfer, and scientific animation such as SILM Semester Security of Software/Hardware Interfaces


Project leader : Stéphanie Delaune (researcher director CNRS)