Rich Macfarlane


Rich Macfarlane has been a Lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2009, playing a key role in the creation and development of the GCHQ certified MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics course (, and the creation and ongoing work engaging with industry, and law enforcement within the Cyber Academy here at Napier (

Working within the Centre for Networking, Distributed Computing and Security research group, and focussed on teaching and research in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Pen Testing, Digital Forensic Triage, Cloud Computing, and Online teaching and E-learning. Rich has developed and taught on almost all of the UG and PG cyber security modules here at Napier, with a current focus on Pentesting and Network Security. Recent research in digital forensic triage techniques has led to a ground breaking Forensic spin-out company Cyan Forensics (

Rich is a Senoir Teaching Fellow of HEA, and has played a key part in developing an online teaching platform vSOC which provides students with online virtualised practical learning environments, providing student centered, authentic teaching and learning in cyber security and digital investigations.



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