Prof. Dr. Reinhard POSCH


Reinhard Posch              

Born on 16 April 1951

Austrian nationality

Married, three children




Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Technical University Graz




1971-1979           Graz Research Center

1974-1984           Assistant professor at Graz University of Technology.

1979                      Leave at Sperry Univac (Roseville, MN, USA).

1984                      Approved as Lecturer ("Habilitation") for "Applied Information

                               Processing and Information Technology".                         

1984                     Full Professor. "Applied Information Processing

                               and Communications".

1986-today         Head of the Institute of Applied Information Processing

                               and Communications Technology TU Graz

1999-today         Scientific director of the Austrian Secure Information Technology

                                Center (A-SIT)

2001-today         Chief Information Officer (CIO), Government of Austria

2003-today         Chairmen of the board of trustees of Stiftung Secure Information and                                Communication Technologies SIC

2007-2011           Chairmen of the Management Board of the European Network and

               Information Security Agency

2010                      Member of the „IT Rat der Weisen“ to give professional advise to Commissioner Kroes and Sefkovic.

2012                      Member of the „Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership“


The role of the CIO for the federal government is primarily the strategic coordination of activities in the field of information and communications technology that concern more than one ministry. As such the CIO is the Chair of the Austrian eGovernment platform “DIGITAL:AUSTRIA” that includes all level of government.

As Head of the Institute he specialised in ‘Applied Information Processing and Communications Technology' and as scientific director of the Austrian Secure Information Technology Centre the main efforts are computer security, cryptography, secure hard- and software and eGovernment. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the non-profit foundation Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies SIC which has been donated by Graz University of Technology.

Reinhard Posch was also Chair of the Board of ENISA, the European Network and Security Agency.

Reinhard Posch takes part in groups installed by the European Commission to elaborate ICT and security strategies (e.g.  „Future Internet Visionaries“, RISEPTIS). Being a member of the "Rat der IT Weisen" he is providing advice to the Commissioners Kroes and Sefkovic in the area of IT-Security to assist the implementation of the Digital Agenda.

Reinhard Posch got awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.