Ruhr-University Bochum

Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security

The Horst Görtz In­sti­tu­te for IT-Se­cu­ri­ty (HGI) was foun­ded 2002 at the Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum to cope with the Eu­ro­pe-wi­de de­fi­cits in the field of pu­blic re­se­arch on IT-Se­cu­ri­ty. DThe HGI Horst Görtz In­sti­tut is among the most re­spec­ted fa­ci­li­ties for IT se­cu­ri­ty in Eu­ro­pe thanks to its ex­tra-or­di­na­ry in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry range. We put spe­cial em­pha­sis on the im­me­dia­te tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer bet­ween scho­lar­ship and ac­cor­ding in­dus­try, which shows in the broad­ness of our in­ter­na­tio­nal net­work. The ef­fi­ci­en­cy of this syn­er­gy shows in the mul­ti-fa­ce­ted re­se­arch at HGI.

The chair for Embedded Security (EMSEC) is headed by Prof. Christof Paar and is one of the core groups which form the Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security at the Ruhr University Bochum. The group works on all aspect of embedded security. This include highly optimized cryptographic implementations, hardware security, physical attacks (e.g. through side-channel analysis), security analysis of real-world systems and cryptanalytical computers. Also, the group studies security in upcoming "Internet-of-thing" applications, e.g., security for e-mobility. An overview of the research areas can be found here. In 1999 Prof. Christof Paar co-founded the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) conference series, which has evolved into the largest international conference in cryptography. The EMSEC group is heavily involved in the popular BS and MS programs in IT security. Typically, the group consist of about 8 research assistants working on their Ph.D., and post-docs and often also of visiting researchers.

In 2003 the spin-off ESCRYPT GmbH - Embedded Security was founded which was acquired by Bosch in 2012.

Research Team

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar

Academic Principal Investigator

+49 (0)234 32 - 22994

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz

Associate Principal Investigator

+49 (0)234 32 - 25199

+49 (0)234 32 - 14956

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tim Güneysu

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tim Güneysu

Associate Principal Investigator

+49 (0)234 32 - 24626

+49 (0)234 32 - 14389