COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group) provides a broad expertise in digital security and strives for innovative security solutions.

COSIC is headed by Bart Preneel.


  • COSIC-developed mobile authentication technology nextAuth acquired by itsme
    itsme®, the Belgian identity app that is currently being used by nearly 7 million Belgians, has acquired the Leuven-based company nextAuth. NextAuth, which specializes in highly advanced cryptography, is a spin-off of KU Leuven and imec and originated in COSIC. “We are often asked questions about the difference between nextAuth and itsme®. Our answer has ...
  • Kinderuniversiteit 2023Kinderuniversiteit 2023
    On 14th October COSIC presented crypto games for children at the Kinderuniversiteit 2023. The visitors could decipher a secret message via various educational games, with a reward from the treasure box at the end. Kinderuniversiteit program Photo credit: Geert Vanden Wijngaert
  • Cybersecurity: Strategic Research & Industry Impact” dayCybersecurity: Strategic Research & Industry Impact" day
    COSIC gave six demos on ground-breaking research at the “Cybersecurity: Strategic Research & Industry Impact” day in Mechelen on 17th October 2023. Event website Presented demos by COSIC: Accelerating Computing on Encrypted Data Breaking a High-Profile Candidate Post-Quantum Crypto Algorithm: the SIDH-attack Bypassing Secure Boot on the SpaceX Starlink User Terminal Connecting Multi Party Computation (MPC) and ML for privacy-preserving heartbeat ...

Selection of Key Publications