The challenges we currently face in IT security are multifaceted, which is why they must be met with an approach that is accordingly comprehensive and integrative. To that end, the HGI brings together a broad and diverse group of researchers from a variety of disciplines. Currently 26 professors lead research groups with members representing electrical engineering and information technology, mathematics as well as the humanities and social sciences. They conduct investigations into nearly all aspects related to IT security, from basic research in cryptography and internet and hardware security to user behaviour and legal frameworks.

To support interdisciplinary collaboration in sustainable way, we organise regularly scheduled events and meetings such as the lecture series “IT Security for the Humanities and Social Sciences” and “Principles and Research Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences for IT Security”. The institute’s graduate schools also fully embrace an interdisciplinary approach. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary Identity Protection on the Internet research group (a-i3, Identitätsschutz im Internet e.V.), which was established at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2005, organises an extremely well regarded annual symposium in conjunction with the Federal Office for Information Security.

The HGI played a leading role in the conception of the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS). The CAIS was founded in 2017 in Bochum to engage in interdisciplinary research on social, economic, legal, political and technological aspects related to digitalisation. To this end, the Center organises events and working groups and invites experts from academia and industry to spend up to six months as fellows at the institute, where they can carry out work on their own projects related to internet research.