Next to world-class research and education, the transfer of scientific knowledge to practical applications is the third pillar on which the HGI mission is built.

We are connected to more than 130 partners worldwide – from public authorities to specialised companies and global firms.

What our partners are saying about the HGI

CEO and member of the Board of Management of secunet Security Networks AG and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany
Dr Rainer Baumgart
“As the largest educational institution for IT security, the HGI is of essential importance to German IT security. We at secunet are among those who profit from the HGI’s work and we end up hiring many of their graduates.”
Senior Director Secure Platform Architecture, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH
Dr Thomas Wille
“Our long-standing research collaboration with the HGI has definitely played a role in our ability to further improve on our position as the market leader for IoT security and high-performance security components."
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.”


Since its founding, the HGI has helped to create 16 start-ups, putting it in first place in Germany in the field of IT security. What’s more, our spin-offs are exceptionally successful. The first generation of start-ups – zynamics, escrypt, Sirrix and isits – have been acquired by large corporate entities such as Google, Bosch, Rohde & Schwarz and TÜV Rheinland. The HGI’s unique environment, combining top-quality research, close contacts with industry partners and a large pool of excellently trained students with an entrepreneurial spirit, encourages the development of exceptionally innovative ideas. We assist young entrepreneurs as they build their company and design their products or services, from their first steps until they are market-ready.

Start-ups have been founded by the HGI’s students, doctoral researchers and professors, with technologies based on research undertaken at the HGI.


The HGI has led the nrw.unITS IT security network since 2012, with support from eco - Association of the Internet Industry, networker NRW and the Institute for Internet Security if(is) at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. The network provides a platform for a variety of parties active in IT security in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and currently has some 130 members who represent industry, academia and professional associations. Close cooperation between the university and industry ensures a productive relationship between application-oriented world-class research and action-oriented entrepreneurial spirit. Joint projects, events, research groups and a wide variety of other activities promote cooperative and collaborative relationships within the IT security sector in NRW and raise awareness about the subject in other sectors. Membership in nrw.unITS is free of charge.

Click here to visit the nrw.uniTS website


With support from RUB-WORLDFACTORY, we created ITS-Pitch to allow university-based start-ups in IT security to meet with companies and investors. Young entrepreneurs from all over the world go in front of a high-calibre jury of investors with hopes of taking their start-up to the next level. This is an unparalleled opportunity to receive scientific feedback and take advantage of exclusive networking opportunities with investors, partners in the tech sector and potential employees.

The first ITS-Pitch in 2016 involved 150 participants and six company pitches. The event will be held annually, with the second ITS-Pitch taking place on 14 June 2018.

Click here to visit the ITS-Pitch website