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Herbert Leitold received his masters in telecommunication and informatics in 1996. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a test technician at austriamicrosystems. Herbert has been research assistant at the Graz University of Technology from 1996 to 2001. Since 2001 he is site manager of the Secure Information Technology Center – Austria (A-SIT) technology assessment group. In 2003 he became director of the non-profit foundation Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC). Since 2005 he has been head of the E-Government Innovation Center (EGIZ) which is a joint initiative of Graz University of Technology and the Federal Chancellery Austria.
His main research interest is in IT security. Areas of particular interest are electronic signatures, identity management, and e-government. Herbert was author of about forty scientific publications (see below) and serves as reviewer or member of the programme committee at several scientific conferences or journals.