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Amir Moradi

Julia Weiler, RUB

Many encryption algorithms are mathematically proven to be one hundred per cent secure. Nevertheless, they sometimes fail to protect confidential…

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Annika Gödde

A group of young female participants was invited for a web application hacking workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP)…

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Steffen Becker and Endres Puschner

Julia Weiler, RUB

Attackers have the ability not only to manipulate software, but also to tamper with the hardware. A team from Bochum is devising methods to detect…

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Farewell Party for Thorsten Holz

Christina Scholten

In April 2023, his membership in the Cluster of Excellence will end.

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Robert Merget

Lisa Bischoff, RUB

Attacks on the TLS protocol are both rare and highly complex. And yet, the encryption experts at Ruhr University Bochum are constantly tracking down…

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Karola Marky

Christina Scholten

The professor's Digital Sovereignty research group is investigating how to protect users from manipulation online. It even involves a 3D-printed cat.

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Celebrate IT! Ceremony on May 10, 2023

On May 10, 2023, we celebrate at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum the 20-year anniversary of the HGI and the foundation of the Faculty of Computer Science. Speakers include the Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, and the investigative journalist Svea Eckert (NDR/Tagesschau).

The event will take place in the Convention Center of the Ruhr University Bochum.

Please register here until March 30th.

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CASA Distinguished Lectures

In our CASA Distinguished Lectures, we welcome selected international and national scientists at the HGI. The lectures of these influential and pioneering guest speakers, usually lasting one hour, are always followed by a discussion with the participants. Our goal is to encourage discussions and open up new perspectives within the field of cybersecurity research.



We have enjoyed tremendous success over the past ten years in organising the ITS.Connect careers fair, the only Germany-wide event that connects attractive employers with highly qualified IT security graduates. In addition to providing an opportunity for personal exchange amongst companies, public authorities, other organisations and students, the ITS.Connect offers visitors a multifaceted programme of events focused on finding jobs in the industry and career development and planning. The ITS.Connect has grown steadily since its first year in 2008 and set its latest record in 2019. The next ITS.Connect will take place on 05 May 2020.




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Backgrounds for video conferences

Video conferencing has become part of everyday work, also at our institute. Our HGI backgrounds can be integrated into many video conferencing tools.

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You are welcome to download our logo here if you want to report about the HGI. For further graphical material please contact us at hgi-presse(at)

Gendersensible Sprache

The HGI attaches great importance to equal opportunites. Outstanding science can only arise in an open culture and a way of thinking that goes beyond the boundaries of gender assignments. This is not only expressed in funding measures and collegial cooperation, but also in the way we communicate.

Within the HGI we have thus agreed on various linguistic techniques to enable gender-sensitive communication.

The Genderstar

To express the diversity of the sexes in language use, we use the so-called "gender star". This asterisk is located between the (german) feminine and masculine gender of the word. It is a symbolic placeholder for diverse and open gender.

Sometimes, however, we use explicit gender attributes, for example when it comes to the concrete fundings of women. We always imply in these cases everyone who consider themselves belonging to that gender, regardless of their biological sex.

In some places, we mark this with a standard formulation among our contributions.