David Basin is a full professor within the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich since 2003. He holds the chair for Information Security within the Institute of Information Security.
He received his bachelors degree in mathematics from Reed College in 1984, his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1989, and his Habilitation from the University of Saarbrücken in 1996. His appointments include a postdoctoral research position at the University of Edinburgh (1990 - 1991), and afterwards he led a subgroup, within the programming logics research group, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik (1992 - 1997). From 1997 - 2002 he was a full professor at the University of Freiburg where he held the chair for software engineering.
His research focuses on information security, in particular on foundations, methods, and tools for modeling, building, and validating secure and reliable systems. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and is Editor-in-Chief (together with Kenny Paterson) of Springer-Verlag's book series in Information Security and Cryptography. He is also the founding director of ZISC, the Zurich Information Security Center, which he led from 2003-2011.