Bill Buchanan (professor)

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William (Bill) Buchanan
Bill Buchanan
Born 6 March 1961
Nationality British
Occupation Professor
Known for Computer Security
Computer Forensics
Cloud Computing
Home town Edinburgh

Bill Buchanan is a Scottish computer scientist. He leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security at Edinburgh Napier University. He has published 27 academic books, including The Handbook of the Internet, the Handbook of Data Communications and Networks, and a wide range of academic papers [1]

His patents include Digital DNA.[2] Bill Buchanan has an academic web site related to the teaching of security. On 20 September 2011, he give evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill and he appeared on Newsnight Scotland as part of a debate on Cybercrime.[3] Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing and the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, next generation user interfaces, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation.

He was named on one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012,[4] 2013 and 2014.[5] On Sept 2013, Bill ran a course for Police Scotland on Digital Investigations, which was covered by a range of media outlets, including STV.TV and BBC Scotland GMS. On 25 November 2013 he gave an interview live on BBC News related to the SNP White Paper on Scottish Independence. His work within education includes being the Web architecture and implementer of the Bright Red Publishing Digital Zone, which covers the Scottish N5 Curriculum related to the Curriculum for Excellence [6]

In 26 Nov 2013, Bill was interviewed on BBC News related to Scottish Independence on news related to the White Paper published by the SNP.[7] Then from Monday 16 December 2013 to 19 December 2013 he was one of the presenters within the Christmas Cyber lecture which was delivered to Schools across Scotland, in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Over 3,000 pupils attended the presentation, and it build on the previous year, for which Bill was one of the co-creators of the event, along with Ian Ferguson (Abertay), SICSA, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.[8]

Bill has two spin-out companies which are based on research work at Edinburgh Napier University. This includes ZoneFox [9] and Symphonic Trust, who are both based in Edinburgh. He is a co-author on patents related to the spin-out companies, including for Contributions to Digital Forensics [10] and the Modelling of Trust Relationships.


Bill's teaches on a number of computing areas including with:

  • Computer Security.[11]
  • Cisco Simulators.[12]
  • Web-based Cisco Simulators.[13]
  • Digital Investigator.[14]


  1. ^ "Papers". 
  2. ^ "US Patent Application No: 2012/0011,153". 
  3. ^ "Cybercrime". 
  4. ^ "Tech 100". 
  5. ^ "Tech 100". 
  6. ^ "Digital Zone". 
  7. ^ "Scottish Independence debate". 
  8. ^ "Xmas Cyber Lectures 2013". 
  9. ^ "Zonefox". 
  10. ^ "Improvements in or relating to digital forensics". 
  11. ^ "Security Examples". 
  12. ^ "Networksims". 
  13. ^ "Profsims". 
  14. ^ "Digital Investigator".