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Otto Hellwig

Otto Hellwig

was senior researcher at SBA Research.

Research Interests

His research focused on critical information infrastructures, cyber security and CSIRTs (CERTs).


Otto Hellwig received in 1976 a doctorate degree in mathematics from the University of Vienna. He obtained a diploma as “Geprüfter Rechentechniker” (2 –year-course in Informatics) at the Technical University of Vienna in 1975.

From 1987 to 1991 he worked in the Austrian Mission to the OECD in Paris before joining the Department for EU-integration in the Federal Chancellery during the period of the accession of Austria to the European Union. He was President of the Budget Committee of the OECD and for many years Vice-president of the ICCP (Information, Computer and Communications Policy) Committee at the OECD. From 1993 to 2003 he was head of the IT-Department of the Federal Chancellery of Austria (Prime Minister’s Office) and Chief Information Officer. He had inter alia the responsibility for the Federal Backup Centre of Austria and was in charge of the IT-technical support of the Austrian Legal Information System (Rechtsinformationssystem). One of the most important tasks of Otto Hellwig was the function as Austrian National Y2K coordinator.

Since 2006 he has been working as a lecturer at the Technical University Graz and at the University for Applied Sciences in St. Pölten in the field of Protection of Critical Information Infrastructures and cyber security. From 2013 to 2015 he was a senior researcher at the University of Vienna for a project in the field of CERTs that has a follow-up from 2016 until 2017.