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The HGI - interdisciplinary, innovative & international

The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI), Research Department of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, was founded in 2002 to address shortcomings in IT security research in Europe as a whole. The institute currently hosts 26 professors and their teams, who conduct research in electrical engineering and information technology, mathematics and computer science as well as the humanities and 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 1,200 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.

26
Professorial chairs
200
Scientists
1200
Students
130
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."

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1999
The idea of establishing an institute to address shortcomings in publicly funded research in Europe in IT security is first mooted.
2000
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.
2001
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”.
2002
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.
2003
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.
2004
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.
2005
The first degrees in “Security in Information Technology” are awarded.
2006
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.
2007
Prof. Alexander May is appointed to the Chair for Cryptography and IT Security.
2008
ITS.Connect is founded, Germany’s first careers fair focused on IT security.
2009
Co-organisation of EUROCRYPT, the world’s largest cryptography conference, held in Cologne.
2010
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).
2011
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.
2012
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).
2013
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.
2014
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.
2015
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.
2016
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.
2017
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.
2018
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.