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CASED is funded by

Landes-Ofensive Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz

Why study for a master’s degree in IT security?

Study site: Computer Science Department of
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Start: Summer and winter term
Language: Currently, only part of the courses are offered in English. For matriculation at TU Darmstadt, foreign students have to submit a language certificate along with their application. Preparatory courses are offered.
Degree course coordinator: Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser
Link to the Department of Computer Science
Link to the online registration at TU Darmstadt (german)


Information technology is already a key technology in many areas of life as well as numerous commercial sectors, such as health, mobility, entertainment, manufacturing, logistics and finance. IT is the key to innovation in a future in which we will be surrounded by innumerable embedded systems, in which unbridled communication will be possible, and in which a great deal of potential for creating added value will exist through the relocation of business processes and services to the Internet. IT security will hold a key role in this process. Only a secure IT infrastructure will enable innovation; IT security can also prevent economic damage caused by hacker attacks or economic espionage, which can be very considerable, as well as injury to life and limb caused by manipulated or unreliable embedded systems.

For this reason, sound knowledge of the issues related to the protection and reliability of hardware and software will play an enormous role during the design and implementation of future IT systems. Proficiency in the following areas, amongst others, is required in order to achieve comprehensive knowledge of IT security:

  • Cryptography: modern encryption methods as well as other basic cryptographic primitives
  • System security: embedded system and network security
  • Software security: software security and reliability, the design of security architectures for large IT systems

Furthermore, knowledge in other classical areas of computer science, such as operating systems, software engineering, database systems and networks, is also required when designing modern security systems.