The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) is located in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany. The ISS focuses on research, international education and training concepts in the areas of nuclear security and cyber security. We believe that people make the difference as to whether or not security works. That is why we put great emphasis on training, exercises and exchange of educational experiences.
As an institute of the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, we are able to offer sophisticated national and international education concepts with direct links to university programs. We can also offer on and off-site training in security and safety.
Our main area of work is in the context of nuclear security – with a strong focus on cyber security. These areas are linked together by "security management". Security management is the overall discipline which addresses many essential aspects in the field of "security". Most of our lecturers, researchers and trainers are also practitioners with hands-on experience and a broad understanding of how to implement security.
The ISS is a NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2016. We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
1) The Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences is an innovative and unique distance learning program, which equips participants with the theoretical background and practical knowledge on the interconnected dynamics in the field of nuclear security. It prepares participants to use the appropriate analytical tools to make thorough decisions in the various areas connected to nuclear security. The Master’s program spans over three terms, which usually takes 18 months and covers various courses, such as nuclear security management, physical protection or cyber security. Students will receive solid knowledge in nuclear security, which enables them to find synergy in thinking between security, safety and business, as well as risk management and corporate governance. After successful completion of the program, participants will receive an internationally recognized Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Nuclear Security from the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences.
For more detailed information on the M.Sc. program please visit the dedicated web portal:
2) For the nuclear sector a framework was developed following the “NS22 IT/cyber security” set out in IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 12, Educational Programme in Nuclear Security. Based on this framework the ISS has developed an education format called Professional Development Course.
3) For information on further ISS projects please see: