Professor Awarded OBE for Services to Cyber Security


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Professor Bill Buchanan of the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security [The Gazette].

He is currently a Fellow of the BCS, and has a long track record of success in developing research work into high impact innovation. At present Bill leads The Cyber Academy and has an international track record in the areas of Cyber Security, Cryptography and e-Health.

He has published over 220 research papers and 27 academic books, and has won many awards for innovation and teaching. His work also integrates with many leading companies and agencies across the world, and he regularly gives advice to law enforcement agencies and governments on cyber security.

Bill’s work has also directly led to the creation of three highly successful Edinburgh-based spin-out companies: Zonefox, Symphonic Trust and Cyan Forensics.

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio across the world discussing Cyber Security and technology, and has an extensive track record of public engagement, including in supporting discussions around the key issues within Cyber Security and for enhanced health and social care.

Bill outlines “The OBE provides recognition of the great work of all those involved, and how much my university, my school and the city has provided in supporting our work. Overall we have never had any barriers placed in our way, and have always received the required support, and the freedom, to develop our vision. We hope that our work can continue to provide both economic and social impacts, and show that Cyber Security can provide us with ways to build new infrastructures, which are inclusive and respect the rights of the individuals, while also protecting our societies.”

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William Buchanan
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Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.