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New Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security comes to Bochum

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The Max Planck Society, Germany’s leading organization for basic research, has announced the establishment of a new “Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy Protection” (MPI) in Bochum. The new institute may be located within close proximity of the future ESCRYPT headquarters.

The MPI will focus on top-level research for cyber security, cryptography, IT system security and furthermore on legal, economic and social aspects of security and privacy. In its full expansion stage, the new Max Planck Institute will employ 200 to 250 people. As reported by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), the campus of the Ruhr-Universität or Mark 51°7, the former Opel factory site, are being discussed as possible locations. There, on Mark 51°7, ESCRYPT will build its new corporate headquarters by 2022. The Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security would be in immediate proximity.

The establishment of the MPI is another milestone for Bochum on its way to becoming the German “Capital of IT Security”. So far, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum operates with the Horst Görtz Institute (HGI) one of Europe’s most important higher education institutions for IT security and was only recently awarded the contract for a Cluster of Excellence for IT security research. Meanwhile ESCRYPT is one of the main players in the steadily growing corporate landscape of IT security in Bochum.

“The fact that we may soon be working side by side with the Max Planck Institute is, of course, great” says Dr Thomas Wollinger, managing director of ESCRYPT GmbH. “Basic research and applied IT security technology come together here in Bochum. For us this is the optimal environment to strengthen our leading position in the field of automotive security.”

The official press release of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on the decision of the Max Planck Society can be found here (German).

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