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Bill Buchanan, PhD

Bill Buchanan, PhD

Professor Edinburgh Napier University


Dr. Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. In 2108 he was presented with an "Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange" award. Bill is the first person in the UK to be awarded an OBE for services to Cyber Security.

Currently, he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy. Bill has also published 28 academic books and over 260 academic papers.

His main research focus is on information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (; Symphonic Software; and Cyan Forensics.

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World." Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was also included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers, and has an extensive online presence, including with

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