Udo Helmbrecht has more than 40 years of professional management experience in the IT sector. Helmbrecht was born in 1955, in Germany. He studied physics, mathematics and computer science at Ruhr-University, Bochum, and in 1984 he was awarded a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. In 2010 Helmbrecht was appointed honorary professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich, Germany. His experience in the field of security has been acquired through work in a variety of areas, including the energy industry, insurance, engineering, aviation, defense and the space industry. He became President of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in 2003. Helmbrecht took office as Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) in October 2009.