BONN – the leading SECURITY center in EUROPe

The Association

What happens when concentrated cyber security knowledge meets long-standing expertise, comprehensive know-how, and high-end technology? The result is an innovative IT security cluster in which business, politics, and research optimally combine their unique competencies. 

The Cyber Security Cluster Bonn was founded on October 4, 2018 in Bonn. The association is composed of three bodies:

The Board

Dirk Backofen

Chairman of the Management Board
Head of Telekom Security,
T-Systems International GmbH

Prof. Dr. Peter Martini

Deputy of the Chairman of the Management Board
CEO Fraunhofer FKIE

Victoria Juliet Appelbe

Deputy of the Chairman of the Management Board
Director Economic Development City of Bonn‎

Goodarz Mahbobi
Deputy of the Chairman of the Management Board
CEO axxessio GmbH
Dr. Hubertus Hille
CFO of the Management Board
CEO IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonne
Board Member
Professor for Business Economics, University Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Dirk Lieder
Board Member
Managing Director CONET Solutions GmbH
Stephan Wirtz

Board Member
CEO anykey GmbH

The Advisory Council

Jürgen Setzer
Major General Bundeswehr
Cyber and Information Domain Service (CIR)
Ursula Brohl-Sowa
Chief of Police
Dr. Gerhard Schabhüser
Vice President
Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

Our Supporting Organizations and Founding Members

anykey GmbH
axxessio GmbH
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)
CONET Solutions GmbH
Cyber- und Informationsraum (CIR)
Deutsche Post DHL Group
Digitaler Hub Region Bonn AG
Fraunhofer FKIE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE develops technologies and processes with the aim of early detection, mitigation and management of existential risks. In close cooperation with strategic partners, the institute is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable protection. The Fraunhofer FKIE is committed to this mission both in the civilian sector and in command and reconnaissance processes in the defence technology sector. With a broad competence and excellent attention to detail, the Fraunhofer FKIE takes on the latest scientific-technological challenges in security related issues.


Fraunhofer IAIS

Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS


Fraunhofer SIT

Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology


Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS), University of Applied Sciences

The Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS), University of Applied Sciences, was founded in 1995. It is a dynamic and research-driven university with almost 10,000 students and approximately 1.000 employees including 150 professors. The university is located in the heart of the liveable Rhineland region, with campuses in Hennef, Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin. H-BRS’ department of Computer Science is one of the largest at a University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Moreover, H-BRS runs two computer science and cybersecurity labs: the b-it (Bonn-Aachen International Centre for Information Technology) jointly with the University of Bonn, RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer Society as well as the Learning Lab Cybersecurity with the Fraunhofer FKIE. 


Bonn/Rhine-Sieg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Polizei NRW Bonn

Skymatic is specialized on data security, privacy protection, and the sensible design of digitization. The company is known for the development of Cryptomator, an encryption software that allows businesses to protect their cloud data from spying eyes. The easy-to-use software received the CeBIT Innovation Award in 2016 for its user-friendliness and high-end security. 
Skymatic also develops individualized online vaults for corporations on the basis of Cryptomator technology. With the introduction of features such as key and user management and access logging, Cryptomator now becomes also available for SMEs.


City of  Bonn

Deutsche Telekom AG

Universität Bonn

Our Statute

The functions of the executive bodies are described in detail in our statute.

The Location: Bonn


The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the German Cyber and Information Domain Service (CIR) of the Bundeswehr, Telekom Security, the University of Bonn, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, or the Fraunhofer Institute FKIE – all have their headquarters in Bonn. They collaborate intensively with the City of Bonn, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bonn/Rhein-Sieg, the NRW police, the large local companies Deutsche Post, Postbank, and Deutsche Telekom, but also with many medium-sized companies in the region. The foundation of the new Cyber Security Cluster Bonn will intensify these cooperations in the future.


There is a fruitful exchange of ideas, activities, and human resources between the institutions in the Cluster. Future projects initiated by the Cluster will have this network grow even closer together. The know-how situated in Bonn and the increasing knowledge transfer due to Cluster activities lead to positive effects for all institutions located in the region. The unparalleled repertoire of experts in the closely integrated Rhineland metropolitan region facilitates the interdisciplinary pooling of competencies in the Cluster and the development of practical and innovative solutions.


Experts are attracted to areas where they can work and live comfortably. In Bonn and the its surrounding municipalities and countryside the working and living conditions and the quality of life are outstanding. Security, cultural and leisure activities, good schools for children, and availability of housing at affordable prices: all these qualities can be found in our region.