Helmut Kaufmann Appointed as Head of Department and Academic Director
As of September, Helmut Kaufmann heads the Department of Computer Science and Security as well as the bachelor degree programme IT Security at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Kaufmann took over the department and study programme from Johann Haag who became a member of the Executive Board in the same month.
Expertise in Business and Research
Kaufmann already worked at the St. Pölten UAS as a professor and deputy Academic Director from 2007 to 2012. Most recently, he worked as Chief Information Security Officer at BAWAG P.S.K. and prior to that, he was in IT security for Airbus Group, Raiffeisen Banking Group and Frequentis AG.
“Kaufmann contributes valuable expertise from business and research. The experience he gained by working in big and international companies is important for the further development of the degree programme and the department”, explains Johann Haag.
“IT security is becoming more and more important in times of Big Data, the Internet of Things and with increasing digitalisation. I am pleased to be able to help shape the research and education in this important department of the St. Pölten UAS in the future”, says Kaufmann.
Department of Computer Science and Security
The department offers education and research possibilities in the field of IT security, such as the long-standing bachelor degree programme IT Security and the master degree programme Information Security. Since 2018, students can also study Data Science and Business Analytics in the respective bachelor degree programme. In the winter semester of 2019/20, the dual master degree programme Applied Research and Innovation in Computer Science is launched. The master degree programme Cyber Security and Resilience* will start in the autumn of 2020.
The research takes place at the Institute of IT Security Research as well as at the Josef Ressel Centre for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET). Cyber Security & IT Security – one of the two main research areas of the St. Pölten UAS – is also anchored in the department. In cooperation with regional, national and international cooperation partners, the UAS purposefully expands its know-how and resources for the benefit of a digital society.
In collaboration with the IT security company IKARUS and Kapsch BusinessCom, the department has founded the Austria IT Security Hub. This competence centre enables new forms of cooperation between companies and universities, strengthens data security innovations and promotes talent in the professional field.
* subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria