The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security (HGI) was founded in 2002 at the Ruhr University Bochum to remedy the europe-wide lack of research on IT security. Today, 22 professors from the areas of electrical engineering, information technology and mathematics, the humanities and social sciences are working at the HGI to research all aspects of cybersecurity – from cryptography and embedded security to usability and data protection. With approximately 200 researchers the HGI is among the biggest and most renowned institutions of its kind in Europe. Its success rests on three pillars: cutting-edge research, education and transfer.
The excellence of research conducted at the HGI is demonstrated – for instance – by more than 140 projects with third-party funding, which resulted in groundbreaking innovations and a great number of successful start-ups. In addition to this, the HGI stands out as the only institution in the field of cybersecurity that holds three prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC).
The Ruhr University Bochum pioneered security education in Germany with the first Diplom-Studiengang in IT security, which started in the year 2000. Today, the HGI offers four programs: a consecutive Bachelor’s and Master’s program; a Master’s program for students with Bachelor degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, mathematics or physics; and a distance learning Master’s program for professionals in the industry. With about 800 current students annually, the HGI is the largest academic training center for cybersecurity in Europe
Transferring academic results into practice is the third strength of the HGI. This is demonstrated by collaborative projects with multinational companies like Bosch and Google. The HGI coordinates the network nrw.uniTS, which advances cooperation and exchange between businesses and research in the field of IT security. Furthermore, the HGI organizes the career fair ITS.Connect as well as the ITS.Pitch that brings together cybersecurity start-ups and investors.