Dr. Matthias Schulze is the head of the research focus "International Cybersecurity" at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). Before his work at IFSH, he was the deputy head of the Security Research Group at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), as well as the Principal Investigator in the European Repository of Cyber Incidents project. He completed research stays at the Canadian Citizen Lab and researched and taught at the Chair of International Relations at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, where he obtained his PhD in Political Science. In addition, he is the host of the podcast on his main topics: cyber conflicts, cyber espionage, and disinformation.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Matthias Schulze researches the "dark side" of digitization: the strategic use of cyber capabilities in international relations, "cyber war" /cyber conflicts, cyber espionage, information operations, cybercrime, and digital surveillance. His regional focus is on cyber powers such as the USA, the EU, Russia, China, and North Korea. In addition to strategic issues, he increasingly focuses on operational/tactical aspects of cybersecurity: cyber-defense, vulnerability management, cyber threat intelligence, encryption, ransomware, as well as the cybersecurity of space infrastructures and critical infrastructures.

Selected Publications

  • Schulze, Matthias, Mika Kerttunen. 2023.
    Cyber Operations in Russia’s War against Ukraine. Uses, Limitations, and Lessons Learned So Far.
    SWP Comment 23. Berlin: SWP. DOI: 10.18449/2023C23.
  • Schulze, Matthias. 2021.
    Ransomware. Technische, nationale und multilaterale Gegenmaßnahmen.
    SWP-Aktuell 56. Berlin: SWP. DOI: 10.18449/2021A56.
  • Schulze, Matthias. 2020.
    Militärische Cyber-Operationen. Nutzen, Limitierungen und Lehren für Deutschland.
    SWP-Studie 15. Berlin: SWP. DOI: 10.18449/2020S15.
  • Schulze, Matthias. 2020.
    The State of Cyber Arms Control. An International Vulnerabilities Equities Process as the Way to go Forward?.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 38 (1): 17-21. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2020-1-17.
  • Schulze, Matthias. 2020.
    Cyber in War: Assessing the Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Utility of Military Cyber Operations.
    In: 2020 12th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, edited by Taťána Jančárková, Lauri Lindström, Massimiliano Signoretti, Ihsan Tolga, Gábor Visky, 183-197. Tallinn: NATO CCDCOE Publications.