The HGI - interdisciplinary, innovative & international

At the Host Görtz Institute for IT security (HGI), Research Department of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, currently 21 professors and their working groups conduct research on the fields of in­for­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy and elec­tri­cal en­gi­nee­ring, ma­the­ma­tics as well as eco­no­mic sci­en­ces, law and the so­ci­al sci­en­ces.

Within this interdisciplinary environment, virtually all aspects of IT security are covered. With about 200 scientists, the Horst Görtz Institute is one of the largest and most highly respected university institutes for IT security in Europe. In addition, about 1,000 students make the HGI the largest educational institute for IT security in Europe.

The institute’s successful formula is based on three key elements: world-class research, related study courses and transfer.

Professorial chairs
scientific partners worldwide

Some of our most significant honours include:

ERC Advanced Grant, 2015 DFG Heisenberg Professor, 2015 DFG Emmy-Noether Programme, 2010
ERC Starting Grant, 2014 DFG Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, 2011 Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2010
ERC Consolidator Grant, 2013 DFG Emmy-Noether Programme, 2015 Fellow of the International Association of Cryptological Research, 2016

What others are saying about the HGI

Alumnus and co-founder of Kasper & Oswald GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Timo Kasper
"The training is fantastic and totally unique in Europe. Anyone who studies here won’t be waiting long for a job offer afterwards. Or they’ll start a company of their own, like I did.”
Executive Speaker G DATA SecurityLabs
Ralf Benzmüller
"For G DATA Software AG, the HGI is more than just a capable partner in the most critical areas of IT and data security. Its research is world-class and the comprehensive education it provides produces global leaders in the field."
Doctoral researcher at the HGI
M. Sc. David Rupprecht
"Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a one-of-a-kind place to study, with internationally renowned professors who collaborate closely with one another. As a student, you have access to a wide range of expertise."