Dr. Swantje Westpfahl is the acting director of the Institute for Security and Safety at the Brandenburg University for Applied Sciences.
Holding a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of linguistics and machine learning she is experienced in a variety of scientific methods, and in the coordination and organization of research and educational projects.
At the Institute for Security and Safety her main objectives are the strategic development of the institute and the expansion of cooperation projects. Thus, she’s also the personal point of contact for all cooperation partners. She coordinates the research and development as well as the capacity building activities of the Institute, especially with a focus on new developments in cyber security, e.g. with respect to the energy and automotive industry.
As a key point of contact with international institutions, she is the ISS’s representative at the United Nations OEWG on ICT in the context of international security and also, together with ISS Director Guido Gluschke, in UNECE’s WP.29 GRVA. Her main areas of expertise are security culture, capacity building and didactics, and cyber security in international relations.
Guido Gluschke was founder and director of the Institute for Security and Safety from 2012 until 2021. He was not only a highly esteemed supervisor and colleague, but also a highly respected expert and visionary, with an inexhaustible knowledge in the field of cyber security. He was involved in many international expert groups, a frequently invited key-note speaker and managed a variety of projects with national and international Organizations.
We will do our utmost to continue his work and ideas and carry them forward in his spirit. He was a role model and friend for many who crossed his path. We will therefore continue and advance all collaborations and visions for more cybersecurity worldwide.
Business Development and Marketing Manager
Isabell Neise is the business development manager of the Institute for Security and Safety at the Brandenburg University for Applied Sciences. At the Institute for Security and Safety her main objectives are the strategic development of sales and marketing as well as the strategic positioning of the ISS Capacity Building Center (ICBC).
Isabells holds a Masters Degree in language and communication studies. Moreover, she is writing her dissertation in in the field of media and communication studies about audience participation and customer relation ship management in social media contexts. Isabell is experienced in the organization of research projects, and scientific methods as well as in journalism, PR, and marketing.
Head of Cybersecurity Development
Dmytro Cherkashyn holds a M.Sc. degree in nuclear energy from the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry, Ukraine, with specialization in physical protection of nuclear facilities, nuclear materials, radioactive wastes and other radioactive sources.
Prior to his current position as nuclear security scientist at the ISS, he was a nuclear safety specialist to the deputy chief of physical protection department at a research reactor and senior teacher at the nuclear energy facilities department at his university. His experience is mostly bound with technical aspects of International Safeguards and the State Nuclear Security Regime.
His area of interests also include nonproliferation, international cooperation on nuclear safety and security, and IT/cyber security for nuclear facilities. Dmytro participated as lecturer in the series of IAEA‘s international courses in Obninsk/Russia and Odessa summer schools in Ukraine.
Junior Project Manager
Tim Dalhöfer is a project assistant at the Institute for Security and Safety. In his role for the ISS he works on research projects for cyber security in the energy sector and supports the institute's efforts at international Internet Governance fora such as the United Nations Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on international cyber security.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Erfurt. His main fields of academic interest are International Security Policy and Internet Governance.
Vivian Gluschke works as a media designer of the Institute for Security and Safety (ISS). Her expertise lies with graphic design and animations. She graduated from vocational college in graphic design.
Kristina Klass is a media designer of the Institute for Security and Safety at the Brandenburg University for Applied Sciences. Her experience in marketing spans various sectors. At the Institute for Security and Safety, she implements design and production processes.
Software-Developer & IT-Services
Oliver Lommel works as a senior software developer of the Institute for Security and Safety (ISS), specializing in service-oriented architectures and web-centralized applications.
His second field of activity is the administration and maintenance of internal IT-systems, networks and supportive services.
Junior Security Scientist
Jugersa Smaja is a Junior Security Scientiest at the Institute for Security and Safety (ISS). In her role, she specializes on the technical aspects of cybersecurity with a focus on Cyber Threat Intelligence, Cyber Security Assessments and Cyber Forensics.
She holds a Master's degree in in Cyber Security from the University of Salford and a Bachelor's degree in Business Informatics from Tirana University.
Maha BEN AMOR
Business Development and Marketing Manager
Dr. Maha Ben Amor was the Business Development and Marketing Manager of the Institute for Security and Safety. Having participated at the organization of several research projects in the field of education, management, marketing and digitalization issues. She has long-standing experience in teaching and scientific research in international universities.
At the Institute for Security and Safety, her area was the developement of new business relationships as well as new national and international clients, partners and projects acquisitions.
Holding a PhD in the B2B marketing relationships, she is experienced in the leadership of business development and marketing projects either Eyetracking and Digitalization issues.
Former Research Fellow
Mr. Macori was a research fellow from January 2016 until September 2019.
Former Research Fellow
Kristina Sander holds a M.Sc. degree in the field of technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. Her main areas of expertise are IT/cyber security and information protection in the energy context. Working for the international security management consultancy VICCON, she has gained theoretical and practical expertise in areas such as IT/cyber security and risk & security management.
Prof. Dr. Sachar PAULUS
Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow
Sachar Paulus is a professor for IT-Security at the Hochschule Mannheim – University of Applied Sciences. Prior to this, Sachar Paulus was professor for information systems and security management at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he held the position of Dean of Studies for the Security Management Master of Science programme.
He has also worked 8 years for SAP in several security-related positions, notably SVP Product Security and Chief Security Officer, as well as with a number of SMEs in the IT security sector. He spent his early career as a security and cryptography researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in number theory and a diploma in computer science. Sachar is an associated ISS team member.
Among others, he has been a lecturer in the IAEA-supported EU Master program “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS) and the INSEN Professional Development Courses on IT/Cyber Security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.
Former Research Associate
Valentina Kiefer holds a B.A. degree in “European Studies” from the University of Passau, Germany. Her academic interest lies on environmental and nuclear issues in the international context.
Her prior work experience includes posts at the Canadian Embassy at Vienna, as well as internships at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. She is currently studying the MSc program “Environmental Technology and International Affairs” at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the TU Wien in Austria.
Prof. Dr. Friedrich HOLL
Friedrich Holl was a research professor for security management and office communication and administration automation at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he used to hold the position of Dean of Studies for the Security Management Master of Science programme. In addition, he was co-director and a senior research fellow with the ISS. His main areas of expertise were in IT/cyber security, security management and data protection. He was an accredited German and European legal and technical data protection and data security expert. Furthermore, he managed various security research projects at the ISS and the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences. He held a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a diploma in Business Informatics. Among others, he has been a lecturer in the IAEA-supported EU Master program “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS) and the INSEN Professional Development Courses on IT/Cyber Security at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.