Bill Buchanan

Bill Buchanan

Prof Bill Buchanan



Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET.

He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy, and works in the areas of security, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.

Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 200 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the I ♥ my Tutor Awards (Student voted), Edinburgh Napier University, 2011, 2014 and 2015, and has supervised many award winning student projects. 
He was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In Feb 2016, he was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World".

He has been an external examiner at many universities, and is currently an external examiner at Royal Holloway (University of London). Also with this he has been involved in many PhD completions and many external PhD examinations (including recent ones in Newcastle, Liverpool, and Dublin). He is part of many editorial boards for conferences and reviews in a wide range of journals.
Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer, and has given evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, along with being part of the BBC Scottish Independence Team of Experts (specialty: Cyber Security). This includes appearances on Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, and Radio 5 Newsdrive, and was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last two years. Along with this he gives many keynote/endnote talks at conferences, including at NISC 2014 on Heartbleed.
He has led many innovations in teaching related to Cyber Security, including with the DFET Cloud Training project and leads the Scottish EU Centre of Excellence for Law Enforcement Training within the 2Center Network, along with being part of the setup of SIPR (Scottish Institute for Police Research). He currently leads on a range of training projects with Police Scotland and a range of industry partners.
Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, the finance sector, and many large and small companies. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Zonefox and, which of which progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. Over the past three years he has received direct funding of over £2million related to computer security, which has had a major impact on an international basis. Both spin-outs build on patented technology, including one which has patenting protection over three territories around the World.
His current work includes a €500,000 project which aims to build an advanced training infrastructure for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Previous projects have included collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police.
He has created many innovations in teaching related to computer security, including being sole author on (Cisco Simulators), and (one of the most extensive computer security site for academic material in the World) and in creating DFET (an innovative Cloud training infrastructure for security and digital forensics training). His lectures are online at, with over 500 on-line lectures, and has over 1,500 subscribers, with more than 1million minutes watched. He regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV talking about Cybercrime (see
Bill is also a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group, which has been setup by the Scottish Government in 2012, and innovated the Christmas Cyber lecture for Schools in Scotland (attended by over 3,000 pupils in Dec 2013). He has done extensive work with Schools in promoting ICT, especially focused on computer security, and created the Bright Red Digital Zone, which now includes most of the subjects with the N5 (CfE) subjects in Scotland (, and which has extensive coverage of areas such as computer security.

More information see CV.




Media Activity

  • 4 days ... 60 presentations ... 4 cities ... over 3,000 kids .. and great fun!
  • 3,000th registration for the Bright Red Publishing Digital Zone
  • Academic Team Identify Key Risks in Mobile Device Security at KPMG Seminar
  • Smartphones track the spread of flu
  • Support for young Scottish software company
  • BBC Click Item on Cybercrime on Mobile Phones
  • Bright Red Digital Zone Keeps Expanding
  • Bright Red Publishing Digital Zone passes 5,000 registration target, with Biology out in-front
  • Big Data Collaboration Aims to Improve Health and Social Care
  • Boffins to build safer patient systems
  • Proof-of-Concept project reaches the final of the Converge Challenge
  • Research Team Contribute To BBC Panorama Programme on Cyber Security
  • Research Team Presents to Sold-out Audience in Glasgow
  • Research Team Analyse New Apple Mac Privileged Access Exploit
  • Research Team Confirm Major Flaw within Internet of Things' Security
  • Research team outline a traffic light hack that could bring down a city
  • Research Team Outline SQL Injection Attack Which Gathered 1.2 Billion Usernames/Passwords
  • Research Team outlines the Strange Mystery of Truecrypt - the Mary Celeste of IT
  • Research group innovates in health and social care integration
  • Research Team Propose that Digitising Health Records Could Cut Child Abuse
  • Reseachers Investigate Skeleton Key Attacks on User Passwords
  • Professor outlines DarkHotel and Advanced Persistent Threat
  • Professor Outlines that the Sony Hack could be one of the Largest Data Breaches Ever
  • Professor outlines that Shellshock is not as much of a risk than Heartbleed
  • Professor outlines Malware install for ATM compromise
  • Professor outlines vulnerabilities on Apple Mac with iWorm and Shell Shock
  • Professor outlines case to BBC for Security in Cyber Space around the Scottish Independence debate
  • Professor Outlines Bitcoin Risks to The Scotsman
  • Professor outlines the need for Corroboration in Digital Evidence
  • Professor Outlines Ransomware Attack on BBC
  • Professor outlines the details of Ashley Madison breach and on the rise of the moralist hacker
  • Professor Outlines Issues in Banning Encryption in the UK on BBC Newsnight
  • Professor Named in FutureScot Top 50 Tech People Who Are Changing The World
  • Professor outlines Yahoo's fine for PRISM breach
  • Professor warns against media hype on security threats on GameOver Zeus
  • Professor to Outline Opportunities in Education at Kickstart Summer School
  • Professor's Web site hits a million accesses mark
  • Professor's On-line Lectures Pass One Million Minutes Mark on YouTube
  • Professor outlines IBM's track back to its roots
  • Professor's Analysis of Scottish Independence Vote for Pre-vote trends
  • Professor Outlines The Areas of Change in Cyber Security
  • Professor outlines the Boleto fraud and that you don't need a fast car to rob a bank anymore
  • Professor outlines Tor attack methods
  • Professor outlines some of the dangers in using digital data as evidence
  • Professor Analyses Trends in Scottish Independence Vote using Bookmarker Odds
  • Prof Bill Buchanan appears on Newsnight Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise Profile IIDI Security Professor
  • Security Team Discover New Distributed Denial of Service Amplification Attack
  • Sally Smith appointed Dean of School for the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier
  • Sally Smith and Bill Buchanan make it into the Top 100 Tech Influencers in Scotland
  • The Herald reports that an Edinburgh Napier Expert warns of ‘growing threat’ from cyber crime
  • The Ghost of John Napier: Edinburgh Napier team focuses on University Cipher Challenges
  • Edinburgh Napier Spin-out ZoneFox signs deal with major Security Firm
  • The Cyber Academy Hosts Two New PhD Studentships in Cloud Security
  • The Cyber Academy recruit their first two fully funded PhD studentships ... and more to follow
  • We're looking for the smartest around to build world-leading infrastructures
  • YouTube lecture channel to support GCHQ-certified MSc hits 2,000+ subscribers.
  • ZoneFox Presents at Apache Cassandra Meetup on Big Data Integration
  • UK scientists track disease spread with smartphones (Electronics Weekly)
  • University Research Team Outlines TweetDeck Hack
  • University Research Team Analyse Heartbleed Part 2
  • Christmas Lecture for Schools starts in Glasgow
  • Collaboration Reaches a Higher Level for Educational Platforms
  • Collaboration with Sitekit around Federated Identity, Trust and Governance
  • Centre of Excellence in Digital Forensics award for Edinburgh Napier
  • Edinburgh Napier designed e-Health Platform goes live, with coverage in The Guardian, BMJ, ZDNet and The Financial Times
  • Edinburgh Napier University computing students participate in Cyber Security UK's University Challenge
  • Cyber Christmas Lecture for Schools (first event sold-out)
  • Cyber crime expert warns for cyber threat
  • IIDI selects miiCard as identity provider for information sharing governance
  • IIDI research contributes to miiCard white paper on trusted data governance
  • IIDI Lead in Search for Cybercrime Specialists of the Future
  • IIDI Professor says that Scotland could lead world in cyber crime fight
  • IIDI Professor gives evidence on new Bill
  • Interface Profiles An Exemplar for University/SME Collobration
  • Innovative Software puts a price on Cybercrime
  • Innovation Collaboration Leads to Major Cryptography Work with Payfont
  • Institute Trains Advanced Digital Investigation Skills of Police Scotland
  • Head of School and IIDI Professor make Top 100 ICT List
  • Hutchinson Networks Showcase Collaboration Work Around Innovation and Dissemination
  • FarrPoint appoints award-winning graduate for research colloboration
  • Napier researchers track infection spread with a smartphone
  • New Innovation Collaboration aims to Secure Remote Working using Patent Pending Technology (IMP)
  • Mobile application uses predictive analytics to identify patients at risk and reduce hospital admissions
  • Payfont secures world leading innovation support from Scottish Enterprise in collaboration with Crypto specialists at Edinburgh Napier
  • Payfont secures £100k Scottish Enterprise funding with University Cyber Collaboration
  • Over 3,000 pupils from 50 schools sign up for Christmas Cyber Lecture
  • Let the Cracking Begin... Sunderland, Portsmouth, Royal Holloway, Plymouth, Bristol and us!
  • John Howie Awarded a Visiting Professorship
  • Location, Location, Location


Conference Activity

  • 2i Testing and Farrpoint to co-host Cyber Risk Symposium
  • SICSA SCONE Event hosted by the CDCS group
  • Symposium in Security and Cybercrime
  • Symposium on Security and Cybercrime is a major success
  • Symposium on Security and Cybercrime
  • We Want To Build A Better World ... And You're Part of It!
  • Workshop on Next Generation Patient-Centric Systems
  • University organises a major security event for industry
  • University to Host Major Cloud Conference (Scot-Cloud)
  • Cloud Security Congress Event to cover Cybercrime in the Cloud
  • Crypto Conference Goes Quantum around High Performance Computing
  • International Conference of Big Data in Cyber Security 10 May 2016, Craiglockhart
  • New Year Cyber Security Symposium aims to showcase opportunties in the Cyber Age
  • New Year Cyber Symposium Announced
  • Leading Harvard Researcher to Present at the Future of e-Health Event


Fellowships and Awards

  • Spin-out Company are Finalists in the Global Cyber Challenge event
  • Steve Cordiner awarded an Honorary Doctorate
  • Bright Red Publishing Collaboration receives Highly Commended Award for Interface's Innovation of the Year
  • Bright Red Publishing and Edinburgh Napier University finalists for Innovation of the Year
  • Research team finalists in BCS/Computing Technology Excellence Award
  • Research group win "Highly Commended" Innovation Award for e-Health Platform
  • Research team launches Scottish Cyber/Cipher Student of the Year Award
  • Professor Makes It Onto Top 50 List of UK Higher Education Social Media Influencers
  • Professor Makes It Onto The Tech 100 in Scotland
  • Prof John Howie awarded an Honorary Doctorate
  • School of Computing becomes Academic Partner for Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)
  • Three PhD Computing Graduations at Summer Ceromany
  • Edinburgh Napier Team Wins University Cipher Cracking Award
  • Edinburgh Napier MSc student wins Scottish Cipher Excellence 2011 Award
  • University Cyber Security Spin-out (Zonefox) Raises Another £650,000 in Investment
  • University aims to attract the finest Cyber minds to its GCHQ certified MSc
  • University Spin-out Finalist in European Spin-out Award
  • Cloud4Health wins 2nd prize for Best IT Project at Digital Innovation Awards
  • Cloud4Health is a finalist at the Scottish Digital Technology Awards 2012
  • Charley Celice wins Edinburgh Napier Student of the Year
  • Collaboration with Bright Red Publishing shortlisted for Innovation of the Year award
  • Code cracking students best in Britain
  • Digital Forensics Research Wins Principal’s Research Excellence Award for Information Society
  • Edinburgh Napier University shortlisted in Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2014
  • Edinburgh Napier University has gained GCHQ certification for MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics
  • Cyber Security Teaching Team is a Finalist for Best Teaching Teaching in Postgraduate Awards
  • Cryptography Research Work Wins Innovation of the Year at Principal’s Research Excellence Awards
  • Cryptography Research Work Awarded Innovation of the Year
  • IIDI spin-out Inquisitive Systems Ltd wins place in Academic Enterprise Awards Final
  • IIDI Professor launches Scottish Cipher Excellence Award 2011
  • IIDI Research team up for IET Innovation Award
  • IIDI Professor is a finalist for an award for outstanding leadership in ICT
  • Guardian Toolkit project through to the final round of the Convergence Challenge
  • ENU Student wins in World-wide Capture The Flag competition
  • Ex-Napier Research Graduate wins 2010 Edinburgh Napier Alumnus of the Year
  • PhD Student (Owen Lo) awarded Lumison Prize (£1,000) at the Young Software Engineer of the Year Award 2010
  • Owen Lo (our new PhD student) is a finalist for the Young Software Engineer of the Year.
  • Jamie Graves is up for Young Innovator of the Year at the John Logiebaird Awards.
  • Mat Miehling wins best final year PhD presention at Faculity Conference
  • Major New Research Project in Triage for the Detection of Digital Contraband
  • Frank Greig wins award for Most Innovative Practice at Edinburgh Napier University


Research Degree External Examining

  • Bill to serve as a PhD examiner at the University of Essex
  • Bill Buchanan completes PhD External Examiner duties at the University of the West of Scotland
  • Bill Buchanan to serve as an external examiner at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor to examine PhD on the Authentication of Mobile Computing Devices in a Heterogeneous Environment
  • Professor set for PhD Examination at Dublin City University in Network Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Prof William Buchanan starts external examiner duties at Dublin City University
  • Prof William Buchanan completes PhD Viva at the University of Essex
  • Prof Bill Buchanan completes PhD Viva on Intrusion Detection Systems at the University of Plymouth
  • External Examiner PhD at the University of Plymouth
  • New External Examiner post at Dublin City University
  • PhD Examination, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • PhD Examination, University of Bedfordshire
  • PhD Examination, Crainfield University


Invited Speaker

  • Bill Buchanan gives keynote at health care event for the Cloud-based e-Health Platform
  • Reseach Group to present the Innovative e-Health Platform at a health care event
  • Professor Bill Buchanan to give invited talk at ARAB Health 2012
  • Professor Bill Buchanan to give a keynote talk at CFET 2011
  • Professor Bill Buchanan invited to present at the Data Handling in Health and Social Care conference
  • Professor to Present Session Keynote at CAS Scotland Annual Conference 2015 on Bright Red Digital Zone
  • Professor to give end note talk at Cyber event
  • Professor to give opening keynote at Cyber Security Conference on the future of The Cyber Academy
  • Professor to give keynote on the Complete Anatomy of Heartbleed, TrueCrypt and Large-scale Vulnerabilities at Security Conference
  • Professor to deliver Cyber Skills Keynote at Computing, ICT and Digital Media Conference
  • Professor Bill Buchanan to give invited end-note presentation on Cloud in the Public Sector at major London event
  • Professor Bill Buchanan presents keynote speech at international seminar in the Netherlands
  • Professor Bill Buchanan to give BCS Talk on Patient Centric Care using Secure Cloud infrastractures
  • IIDI Professor to present invited talk at Cloud Computing 2012
  • IIDI Professor presents on the future of technology at the Royal Society of Edinburgh


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Professor Presents Evidence to Investigatory Powers Bill Select Committee


Editorial Activity

  • Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief of High-impact Cyber Security Journal for World-leading research
  • Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief for New - High Impact - Journal of Cyber Security Technology
  • Security and Network Forensics book hot off the press


Spin-outs and Licences

  • University Spin-out (ZoneFox) raises over £1 million for Cybersecurity Software
  • IIDI team files patent on improved information sharing using Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs)
  • Inquisitive Systems spin-out receives an over subscription of investors.
  • New spin-out aims to make a major impact in Trust and Governance