IT Security Cluster of Excellence in Bochum

Exzellenzcluster HGI

Great pleasure at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum: As part of the nationwide Excellence Strategy, the new Cluster of Excellence “Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries (Casa) was awarded to the HGI. From 2019, the Bochum scientists will receive millions of euros in funding from federal and state for their research in this area over a period of seven years.

IT security has become a central societal issue since networked devices have permeated our world. Hacker attacks against the Bundestag or large industrial plants are just a few examples. Today, many IT attacks come from large-scale attackers, especially from governmental or semi-governmental organizations. These adversaries act long-term and have significant technical capabilities and resources.

Countermeasures against these most powerful attackers are the focus of the Cluster of Excellence. The researchers of the Horst Görtz Institute follow an interdisciplinary approach, in which leading scientists with a technical orientation cooperate with researchers from psychology who investigate the interaction of human behavior and IT security. This constellation is unique in Europe.

The Cluster of Excellence gives IT security research in the Ruhr region an additional boost: “IT security is a promising topic for the future, which will be further anchored in the region and considerably strengthened through the Casa cluster,” says Professor Axel Schölmerich, Rector of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

ESCRYPT sees itself as part of the extraordinary competence landscape in the field of IT security in Bochum and the surrounding area with a lively exchange between economy and science. The company emerged as a spin-off from the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security in 2004 and today is a leading provider of automotive cyber security.

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