Rewarding security

“Made in Germany” is shorthand for quality – and that is equally true for IT security in Germany. The German IT-Security Prize, which will be awarded by the Horst Görtz Foundation for the seventh time in 2018, aims to promote innovation in the highly specialised area of IT security. The Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI), located at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, has assumed responsibility for organising the prize on behalf of the Foundation.

The German IT-Security Prize, created more than ten years ago by the Horst Görtz Foundation, is open to individual researchers and developers as well as research and development teams at universities, non-university research institutions and companies. In line with the foundation’s own mission, the award focuses on German IT security. A prerequisite for entry is that the individual or, in the case of a team, the lead researcher works or studies in Germany. Submissions may take the form of a proof of concept or a solution to IT security issues.

€200,000 awarded for the best innovations

A total of €200,000 will be awarded to the three best innovations “made in Germany”. First place will receive €100,000, with €60,000 going to second place and €40,000 awarded to third place. The German IT-Security Prize is one of the most generous privately endowed business prizes in Germany. The best proofs of concept or solutions will be chosen in a two-part process by a jury of experts in cryptography, IT security, systems and network security and defence against cyber attacks. The top ten innovations will be presented at the award ceremony, followed by the unveiling of the final top three. The award ceremony in October 2018 will for the first time take place at itsa in Nuremberg, Europe’s largest trade fair for IT security.

You can find additional information on the call for submissions online here: