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Norbert Pohlmann


Professor and Director, Institute for Internet Security
Chairman, TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany

Norbert Pohlmann studied Electrical Engineering, specialized in Computer Science in Aachen, and has written his doctoral thesis on “Possibilities and Limitations of Firewall Systems”.

He was founder and Managing Director at the start-up company KryptoKom. After the merger with Utimaco Safeware AG he was a member of the Utimaco Safeware AG management board from 1999 to 2003.

Since 2003 Norbert Pohlmann has been a Professor in the Computer Science Department for distributed systems and information security and since 2005 he is director of the Institute for Internet Security – if(is) at the Westphalia University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

He is a founding member of the IT Security Association TeleTrusT, which is devoted to the establishment of trusted IT networks and systems, and has been a member of its board since 1994 and chairman of the board since April 1998.

In 1997 Norbert Pohlmann won the city of Aachen’s Prize for Innovation and Technology.

For five years he was a member of the Permanent Stakeholders’ Group of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency).
He is a member of the academic council of the Association for Data Protection and Data Security: GDD. He is also a member of advisory board of the ISP Association eco which is the largest ISP Association in Europe. Norbert Pohlmann is also a member of the steering board: Task Force IT Security from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

In 2011 he was Professor of the year in the category Computer and Engineering Sciences.

Numerous publications, lectures and seminars on the subject of information security testify his expertise and commitment to this subject.

From March to June 2013 Norbert Pohlmann will be Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Department of Computer Science.