By decision of general meeting of CAST Members on 15 December 2005, Dr.-Ing. eh. Horst Görtz became the first honorary member of CAST e. V.
As a particularly successful entrepreneur, Dr. Görtz is a respected expert for IT Security in Germany.
Born 1937 in Solingen, his professional career started with a business apprenticeship, a position as managing director oft he Rhein-Main Rechenzentrum and the founding and directing of Utimaco-Software GmbH (today, Utimaco Safeware AG).
Dr. Görtz occupies a chair on the board of directors and advisory board in the IT industry and was a board member of German and European trade associations.
The Horst-Görtz-Stiftung, a foundation created 1996 by Dr. Görtz, is dedicated to the promotion of science and research in the field of IT Security, as well as the support of children with cancer and coma patients.
In 2002, TU Darmstadt awarded the honor of honoary sentator. The endowed professorship of Prof. Dr. Eckard, a junior professor in the field of Security Engineering and the Darmstadt Centre for IT Security are sponored by Dr. Görtz within the framework of the TUD.
In 2004, the faculty for electro and information technology at the Ruhr University awarded Dr. Görtz the honor of a Dr. Ing. eh. in recognition of his contributions to IT Security.
The annual awarding of the CAST Award has been supported by Dr. Görtz since 2005.
This year, the honorary member of CAST e.V. donated the prizes for Categoy 1, Masters and Diploma Theses (Universities, FHs and BA).
Additional information can be found at www.horst-goertz.de.