Alexander Szanto

Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS)

Alexander Szanto is a Cybersecurity Junior Research Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS). He contributes primarily to the research project HERMENEUT, which assesses various organizations’ vulnerabilities and their corresponding at-risk assets, focusing on economic issues of cybersecurity.

Alexander studied European Studies at the University of Maastricht and as part of his studies he spent a semester abroad at the Sciences Po in Paris with a focus on International Relations. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security, concentrating in Cybersecurity and Political Developments in the Middle East post-1945 in the War Studies Department of King’s College in London.

Prior to joining BIGS, Alexander Szanto worked in the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf, where he provided research and advice on digital politics and domestic security policy.

Recent Content


Where the Truth Lies – News in the Era of Social Media and “the Economy of Attention”

“The more [people] are instructed, the less liable they are to the delusions of enthusiasm and superstition, which, among ignorant nations, frequently occasion the most dreadful disorders.” – Adam Smith …

Defending Democracy in the Cybersphere

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