Corona has been skipping trade shows and events for a long time. Now our recruiter Vanessa was finally back at the first cybersecurity event and talked to information technologists and those who want to become one about being a white hat hacker or penetration tester. Read the blog post now!

The first fair since Corona began

After almost 2.5 years, it was finally time again. A real career fair. The first fair since Corona began. On site. Live and in color. For once, not virtual, time-delayed, pixelated and occasional disconnects.

For us it went to the Ruhr-University Bochum, more precisely to its.connect, one of the most important university fairs for cybersecurity. With us: HR’ers Vanessa and Jörg as well as penetration testers Daniel and Julian from TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH. Plus a few give-aways, open vacancies, nice weather and a good mood.

What is a penetration tester?

If you’re wondering what they do, we’re happy to answer: Penetration testers, or pentesters for short, have a pretty exciting job. They hack into customers’ systems to uncover vulnerabilities and then make recommendations on how to fix them. Penetration testers are therefore also known as ethical hackers or white hat hackers. On the other hand, there are the criminal black hat hackers, from whom our pentesters want to protect companies. Due to the shortage of specialists, it is very difficult to find experienced pentesters with many years of experience. However, we are pleased to report that penetration testing is a popular entry point into cybersecurity for students, and we regularly interview and train new employees in this field.

The opportunities with us

We noticed this again at the fair and so the first contacts were not long in coming. After such a long time, we were happy to have personal conversations with interested prospective cybersecurity specialists. Among them were potential interns, working students, people interested in writing their theses and direct entries. And the best thing about it: Depending on the topic content, there was something for everyone here.

As an entry-level option, we are looking not only for penetration testers, but also for SOC analysts and junior security consultants with a variety of specializations and quite different courses of study. These include not only computer science and IT security, but also physics and mathematics as lateral entry, and in the area of consulting also degrees from law and business administration.

Overview IT & Cybersecurity


By the way, you can get an overview here:

Overview IT | TÜV Rheinland (

Conclusion of our day

its.connect has a cool, modern location, is very well established in the industry and well attended by both students and companies. In addition to the very good organization, there was also no skimping on the catering. Of course, we were happy to accept a nice invitation to the colleagues from the neighboring stand for slush ice cream (with a shot) to crown a successful day. 

In the meantime we have received the first applications and are looking forward to exciting conversations.

We are looking forward to it!

If you are interested, we will see you at other trade fairs this year, including the IT Kompakt in Munich.


Vanessa Henrichs

Vanessa Henrichs


Vanessa is a recruiter in IT & Cybersecurity and has already worked in HR before this job. She brings a bundled load of TÜV Rheinland HR experience!

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