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For a secure digital world

NRW – a center for cybersecurity in Europe

Experts on digital threats

In our connected world, cyberattacks have become a serious threat. Today, more than six million cyberattacks are already perpetrated worldwide every day – and the trend is rising. The economic damage that can result, for example, from production downtimes, the loss of trade secrets or the cost of restoring data, is immense.

Protection against such attacks is crucial. Cybersecurity forms the backbone of digital society. Protecting digital data is therefore becoming increasingly important. With sales of 6.2 billion euros and annual growth of 10 percent, cybersecurity is one of the most important growth markets in Germany and a core element of the digital infrastructure.

In the field of cybersecurity, North Rhine-Westphalia offers ideal conditions for companies and investors. NRW is a pioneer in the fight against cybercrime and economic protection and one of the core centers for cybersecurity in Europe. There are more than 400 IT security companies throughout the state, including both global players and numerous SMEs. In addition, more than 1,000 scientists work in the field of IT security at 30 research institutions and universities. Among them is the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) at Ruhr University Bochum, one of the top 3 institutes for cybersecurity throughout Europe.

There are over 700,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia alone. The economic damage caused by cyberattacks can be particularly life-threatening for these companies. Our DIGITAL.SICHER.NRW competence center serves as a point of contact for all questions relating to cyber security and offers help for self-help.


Sebastian Barchnicki

Member of the Management Board of the Competence Center DIGITAL.SICHER.NRW


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Excellent science

Research into the many aspects of cybersecurity is conducted at universities and research institutes in NRW.

University institute among top 3 in Europe

Competence Center for Basic Research

Young scientists in the field of IT security

Campus NRW for the IT security experts of tomorrow

The security experts

Numerous companies in NRW provide protection for business and administration

IT service provider of the German government

Security experts for viruses and malware

Cybersecurity solutions in the automotive sector

Networked IT security

NRW concentrates cumulative knowledge from business, politics and research 

Cybersecurity in business

Gathering and imparting knowledge

Connecting cutting-edge research and business

Companies and researchers are developing blockchain technology in NRW.  

Blockchain technology plays an important role in IT security. It facilitates the storage and transmission of data in a tamper-proof manner with the help of a decentralized platform used by many participants. Among other things, blockchain is designed to ensure trust and transparency of transactions. By 2027, a total of ten percent of the world's gross domestic products could be processed via this innovative technology.

With its high level of scientific expertise, well-trained specialists and high density of industrial companies, North Rhine-Westphalia is an outstanding location in the field of blockchain technology. Both startups and established companies are developing practical applications using this technology.

Two innovative projects: Real-world laboratory and European Blockchain Institute

The state government is supporting the establishment of a real-world laboratory for blockchain applications in the Rhineland region. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the universities of Aachen and Bochum, and the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences in Gelsenkirchen are involved in the project. Science, companies and startups will work together in the blockchain real-world laboratory. The project, which is unique in Germany, makes North Rhine-Westphalia a pioneer in building the Internet of Values – and therefore an ideal location for IT investments.

The European Blockchain Institute is being established in Dortmund. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), and the professorships for Corporate Logistics and for Materials Handling and Warehousing at the Technical University of Dortmund are working together on this project. The European Blockchain Institute conducts research into the practical application of the technology in logistics. The goal is to make a wide range of application examples accessible to the entire industry in North Rhine-Westphalia via an open-source platform.

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