The idea of establishing an institute to address shortcomings in publicly funded research in Europe in IT security is first mooted.
A new course in IT security leading to a Dipl.-Ing. degree in “Security in Information Technology” is launched with an initial cohort of 30 students.
The first two chairs are established while the Institute is still in the process of being founded. The first two professors attached to the institute are Prof. Hans Dobbertin, a renowned cryptographer (d. 2006), and Prof. Christof Paar, an expert in research on “embedded security”.
The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security is formally established and officially opened at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The institute’s name acknowledges the generous donation made by the Horst Görtz Foundation, which was invaluable in founding the new institute. Dr Horst Görtz remains closely involved with the institute’s research activities.
Appointment of Prof. Jörg Schwenk to the Chair for Network and Data Security. The establishment of a junior professorship under Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi. The institute’s public profile is raised by the founding of the European Network of Excellence in Cryptography (ECRYPT), the Embedded Security in Cars (ESCAR) conference and its co-organisation of the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) conference. ESCAR continues to be the most important international conference focused on cyber-security in cars.
The a-i3-Symposium (Working Group on Identity Protection on the Internet) is founded under the helm of Prof. Jörg Schwenk. It is now the oldest initiative in Germany focused on legal aspects of IT security. The first masters programme is established, and interdisciplinary initiatives are given further impetus with the appointment of Prof. Borges from the Faculty of Law.
The first degrees in “Security in Information Technology” are awarded.
Thomas Dullien, a doctoral student at the HGI, takes first place and €100,000 in prize money in the German Prize for IT-Security (Deutscher IT-Sicherheitspreis). Timo Kasper is awarded the CAST Prize for best thesis in the field of IT security.
Prof. Alexander May is appointed to the Chair for Cryptography and IT Security.
ITS.Connect is founded, Germany’s first careers fair focused on IT security.
Co-organisation of EUROCRYPT, the world’s largest cryptography conference, held in Cologne.
A number of generous research awards for IT security are secured: the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Prof. Eike Kiltz), funding from the Emmy Noether Programme (Dr Christopher Wolf), first and second place in the German Prize for IT-Security and all three top places in the CAST Prize for theses are awarded to HGI members. Two additional research groups are established at the HGI, the first for "Secure Hardware" (Prof. Günyesu) and the second for "Embedded Malware" (Prof. Thorsten Holz).
Prof. Christof Paar is named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of cryptographic engineering.
The DFG graduate school “New Challenges for Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing” (UbiCrypt) is established, the first doctoral training programme in cryptography in Germany. Prof. Thorsten Holz is appointed to the Chair for Systems Security. nrw.uniTS, a network for IT security firms in North Rhine-Westphalia, is launched. Prof. Christof Paar is awarded the Innovationspreis NRW (NRW Innovation Award).
A junior professorship for information security is established under Prof. Christina Pöpper. Bochum students and doctoral researchers secure four CAST Prizes for theses and dissertations.
Prof. Eike Kiltz is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. A junior professorship for mobile security is established under Prof. Markus Dürmuth.
Prof. Eike Kiltz is appointed to the Chair for Cryptography. A junior professorship for applied cryptography is established under Prof. Sebastian Faust. The European Research Council awards Prof. Thorsten Holz an ERC Starting Grant. Prof. Gregor Leander is named to the Heisenberg Chair.
Prof. Christof Paar is awarded an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. The interdisciplinary graduate school “Security for People in Cyberspace (SecHuman)” is established. The addition of six new professors from the humanities and social sciences further strengthens the institute’s interdisciplinary character. Record “Best Paper” awards: Prof. Eike Kiltz receives his fourth Best Paper Award at Eurocrypt, the flagship conference for researchers in cryptography. The first ITS-Pitch for start-ups is organised in conjunction with RUB’s Worldfactory.
The establishment of a W2-level professorship for security technology under Prof. Tim Güneysu. A leading role in the founding of the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) consortium. Founding of the NRW-wide “Human Centered Systems Security (NERD NRW)” graduate school, with the HGI assuming the leading role. The HGI becomes a full research department at the RUB.
Three new professorships at the HGI: Prof. Dr. Martina Angela Sasse (Chair of Human-Centred Security), Prof. Dr. Asja Fischer (junior professor for Machine Learning) and Prof. Dr. Sascha Fahl (Chair of Usable Security and Privacy), who was honoured with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2018.