Dr. Udo Helmbrecht
Executive Director, ENISA
Dr. Helmbrecht studied Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Having received his Diploma in Physics, he then went on to obtain a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics in 1984. Between 1981 and 1983, Helmbrecht worked as a research assistant for the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Ruhr University. For the following two years, he ran the Software Development Department of the Bergische University in Wuppertal. Moving to Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB) in Munich, the predecessor of today’s EADS, in 1985 Helmbrecht began his career as a systems analyst, working on a German Chinese project. He advanced to project leader one year later. Over this period, he successfully completed a two-year executive management training program for high potentials. In 1990, Helmbrecht was assigned the position of Head of the Technical Data Systems Department and between 1992 and 1995 he functioned as Information Technology Program Manager, assuming responsibility for the program and project management of information technology in the military aircraft product group. In 1995, Helmbrecht was appointed CIO of the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, a public insurance institution for pensions. As Director and Division Manager of Information Processing, he was responsible for data processing, information technology and security, application development, as well as data centre and network infrastructure. Here, he succeeded in introducing several entrepreneurial operating methods. Since March 2003, Udo Helmbrecht has served as President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn. He has successfully developed the agency’s central service provision for information security within the German Federal Government. In addition, he has spearheaded the cooperation between BSI and the IT security industry, as well as raised public awareness of information security issues.
In April 2009, Dr Helmbrecht was appointed Executive Director of ENISA by its Management Board and after a presentation for the European Parliament’s ITRE committee; a position he assumed on 16th October.